Javier Hernandez, Hector Moreno and Andres Guardado were the stars of the weekend, totalling four goals between them in important wins for their respective teams. On the other side of the pond, Mexican-born David Estrada hit a hat trick to earn Player of the Week honors in MLS.
Hernandez grabs two
Javier Hernandez had to watch from the bench as Manchester United was bounced from the Europa League by Athletic Bilbao, but the Red Devils bounced back emphatically. In the team’s visit to Wolves, it won 5-0, with Hernandez starting and supplying two goals of his own.
The 23-year-old took advantage of some slack marking to head home a cross from Rafael in the 56th minute. He then doubled his tally and capped off United’s rout five minutes later, finishing off a well-worked United move.
Things were not as rosy elsewhere in Britain. Giovani dos Santos was named to the bench for Tottenham’s FA Cup quarterfinal against Bolton, but the game was suspended after 41 minutes following the collapse of Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba.
Antonio Pedroza did not make the matchday squad for Crystal Palace’s 0-0 draw versus Hull City, while Efrain Juarez was in the same boat as Celtic fell 1-0 to Kilmarnock in the Scottish League Cup final.
Moreno and Guardado clutch in Spain
Espanyol won 3-1 over struggling Racing Santander to keep its Champions League push alive, and Mexican defender Hector Moreno found himself on the scoresheet. The center back played the whole game was on hand to redirect a header off the crossbar and in to score Espanyol’s third in the 80th minute.
Carlos Vela and Real Sociedad were not so fortunate – the forward played 72 minutes, but the Basque outfit would eventually fall 1-0 at Getafe. Last-placed Real Zaragoza faired slightly better, drawing 1-1 with Osasuna, but Pablo Barrera was not named in the squad.
In the second division, Andres Guarado was instrumental in Deportivo’s win that kept it comfortably en route to the top flight. He held off a defender to open the scoring in the 15th minute and set up a goal for Juan Dominguez in the 27th minute, and Deportivo eventually beat Alcoyano 3-0.
Jonathan dos Santos went the full 90 minutes for Barcelona B in its 3-2 win over Alcorcon. However, Anibal Zurdo was on the wrong end of a thrashing as Guadalajara went down 5-0 on the road at Hercules. In the fourth division, Taufic Guarch did not play in Espanyol B’s 2-0 win over CE Europa.
Rodriguez strong in Stuttgart win
In France, Guillermo Ochoa made three saves as Ajaccio rescued a point with a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Bordeaux. Further east, Francisco Rodriguez played the full 90 minutes as Stuttgart won 2-1 at Hoffenheim to maintain its good run.
Nery Castillo started and played 69 minutes in Aris’ 1-0 win over OFI in a battle crucial to its European chances.
Some of the younger players in Europe did not see first team action, including Edson Rivera – who sat out Braga’s 4-1 win at Feirense – and Ulises Davila, who missed out on Vitesse’s 2-0 win over Heracles.
Weekend to remember for Estrada and Leyva
It was a weekend to remember for two Mexican-born players in MLS. Seattle Sounders FC’s David Estrada was handed the start by Sigi Schmid and rewarded his coach with a hat trick in a 3-1 win over Toronto FC.
FC Dallas youngster Bryan Leyva was handed his MLS debut by coach Schellas Hyndman and help set up Dallas’ lone goal in a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers. He connected perfectly on a low shot that Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins could only spill into the path of Blas Perez, who finished easily.
Pavel Pardo played the full 90 minutes in Chicago’s 1-1 draw at Montreal, though Rafael Marquez sat out the final match of his three-match suspension carried over from last season. Rafael Baca also started, but was substituted at the half as San Jose fell 1-0 to Houston.
In Colombia, Mario Garcia played the full 90 minutes, but Boyaca Chico lost 3-1 at Junior.