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. Also ...
made his debut for Benfica powerhouse, coming on as sub and helping set up the second goal by Croatian Filip Krovinovic in its 2-0 win over Vitoria Setubal in the Taca de
Parks' debut comes a decade after Freddy Adu
's short stint at Benfica. The 20-year-old Texan was called up from second division Benfica B after a strong showing in
practice. 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:
(24, Tigres/MEX), on bench, 0-2 at Monterrey Jonathan Klinsmann
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
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.
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
(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:
(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
(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:
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