Jonathan Gonzalez wins first phase of Mexico's Torneo Apertura

In his first season with Monterrey's first team, 18-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez won the Torneo Apertura's first phase on Saturday when the Rayados beat city rival Tigres, 2-0, to clinch the title by a five-point margin.

Monterrey, which only needed a draw to clinch the title, scored on an own goal by Tigres' Juninho and a goal by Aviles Hurtado four minutes apart at the start of the second half of the Clasico Regio.

Gonzalez, who hails from Santa Rosa, California, started 14 games and came on as a sub twice in central midfield in the 17-round Torneo Apertura. Mexico's La Liga plays split seasons and holds playoffs after each half-season.



Gonzalez and Leon keeper William Yarbrough will be the only American starters in the Liguilla, as the playoffs are known. A pair of Americans, Jose Torres and Lalo Fernandez, were on the bench for Tigres on Saturday. Rodrigo Lopez started the first nine games for seventh-place Toluca.

A year ago, Tijuana with six Americans on its first team won the Torneo Apertura but lost in the first round of the playoffs, which are all two-leg series.

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FRIDAY. Cameron Carter-Vickers, who made his debut for the USA in its 1-1 tie with Portugal on Tuesday, had an assist in Sheffield United's 3-1 win at Burton Albion.

-- Christian Pulisic sat out struggling Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 loss at VfB Stuttgart with what was described as a muscular problem.

U.S. Abroad Tracker (25 and younger):
GOALKEEPERS:
SATURDAY:
Lalo Fernandez (24, Tigres/MEX), on bench, 0-2 at Monterrey
Jonathan Klinsmann (20, Hertha Berlin/GER), did not dress, 2-4 vs. Bor. M'Gladbach
Brady Scott (18, FC Cologne/GER), did not dress, 0-1 at Mainz
SUNDAY:
Ethan Horvath (22, Club Brugge/BEL), vs. Waasland-Beveren

DEFENDERS:
FRIDAY:
*Cameron Carter-Vickers (19, Sheffield United/ENG 2), 90 minutes, 1 assist, 3-1 at Burton Albion
*Antonee Robinson (20, Bolton Wanderers/ENG 2), 90 minutes, 0-0 at Preston North End
SATURDAY:
John Brooks (24, Wolfsburg/GER), 90 minutes, 3-1 vs. Freiburg
Caleb Stanko (24, Freiburg/GER), on bench, 1-3 at Wolfsburg
DeAndre Yedlin (24, Newcastle United/ENG), 90 minutes, 1-4 at Man. United
SUNDAY:
Ventura Alvarado (25, Santos Laguna/MEX), vs. Club America
*Matt Miazga (22, Vitesse/NED), at Groningen
Shaq Moore (20, Levante/ESP), at Las Palmas
Shane O'Neill (24, Excelsior/NED), vs. FC Utrecht
Desevio Payne (21, Excelsior/NED), vs. FC Utrecht

MIDFIELDERS:
FRIDAY:
Christian Pulisic (19, Bor. Dortmund/GER), did not dress, 1-2 at VfB Stuttgart
SATURDAY:
Luca de la Torre
(19, Fulham/ENG2), sub-27 minutes, 1-1 vs. Derby County
Jonathan Gonzalez (18, Monterrey/MEX), 90 minutes, 1 yellow card, 2-0 vs. Tigres
Lyndon Gooch (21, Sunderland/ENG 2), did not dress, 2-2 vs. Millwall
Emerson Hyndman (21, Bournemouth/ENG), did not dress, 4-0 vs. Huddersfield Town
Kyle Scott (19, Chelsea/ENG), did not dress, 4-0 at West Bromwich
SUNDAY:
Alejandro Guido (23, Tijuana/MEX), at Toluca
Weston McKennie (19, Schalke 04/GER), vs. Hamburg
Jerome Kiesewetter (24, Fortuna Duesseldorf/GER 2), at Ingolstadt
Kenny Saief (23, Gent/BEL), at Lokeren
Juan Pablo Torres (18, Lokeren/BEL), vs. Gent
*Alejandro Zendejas (19, Zacatepec/MEX 2) vs. Alebrijes de Oaxaca

FORWARDS:
FRIDAY:
*McKinze Gaines (19, Darmstadt/GER 2), did not dress, 1-2 vs. Sandhausen
*Haji Wright (19, Sandhausen/GER 2), on bench, 2-1 at Darmstadt
*Andrija Novakovich (21, Telstar/NED 2), 57 minutes, 1-4 at RKC
Emmanuel Sabbi (19, Hobro/DEN), 45 minutes, 1-1 vs. FC Helsingor
Jordan Siebatcheu (21, Reims/FRA 2), 67 minutes, 1-1 vs. Paris FC
Maki Tall (22, Tours/FRA 2), did not dress, 0-1 at Chateauroux
SATURDAY:
Julian Green (22, Greuther Fuerth/GER 2), on bench, 1-1 at Bochum
Keaton Parks (20, Benfica/POR), sub-20 minutes, 2-0 vs. Vitoria Setubal (Taca de Portugal)
SUNDAY:
*Josh Perez (19, Livorno/ITA 3), vs. Olbia
Rubio Rubin (21, Stabaek/NOR), vs. Sogndal
Bobby Wood (25, Hamburg/GER), at Schalke 04
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