With all that went on with the Gold Cup over the past week, I almost forgot that the Mexican 2009 Apertura kicked off last week. As usual, there were plenty of surprises: Jaguares winning at Cruz Azul, San Luis’ last second spot kick equalizer vs. Big Brother, and the Chivas Toluca goalfest to name a few. Again, with player movements, coaching changes, and other agents of unpredictability at play, it is really impossible to make any kind of sound judgements for the season. But for the betonsports addicts out there who need that extra edge (and can I tell you that I am right 53% of the time), let’s break down who might challenge for the trophy.
THE BIG FOUR
Let’s start with the defending champs, my Pumas. For the second tournament in a row, they did not make any additions to the squad. They chose to rely on their youth system instead. One of those graduates to keep on eye on is midfielder, David Cabrera. Pumas were the last team to win back to back titles back in 2004. Tuca Ferretti at 7 tournaments is now the manager emeritus of Mexican coaches. They did lose their opening match to Atlas, but since they always seem to have a hard time at the Jalisco, no real surprise. Pumas has a hard time scoring goals, so it’s a good thing that the defense is solid. Veron and pikol