This was a week for the big boys in Mexico. Three of four "grandes" won, as did nouveau riche Tigres. Yet our Liga MX Goal of the Week is a triumph for the little guy.
Some familiar faces from the big, powerful teams are included Goal's weekly countdown of the best goals. This is an honor judged by merit, though, and for that reason it's a relative unknown scoring just his fourth Liga MX goal taking the top spot. It's a goal that may have topped last week's winner that we said wouldn't be topped all season.
3. Mateus Uribe (America) - 68' vs. Leon
Paul Aguilar did not succeed at first but got a second chance to set up a goal. After his cross was headed out of the box, he decided to dribble toward the center of the pitch. There he found Mateus Uribe. Uribe found the back of the net.
The strike was the second goal of the night for the Colombian, but definitely the prettier of the pair. After taking a touch just outside the D atop the box, Uribe put his head down and fired at goal before a Leon defender could apply pressure. Then, he dropped to his knees to celebrate his fourth goal of the season.
2. Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres) - 43' vs. Tijuana
Tijuana came into El Volcan to defend and try to win a point. The strategy worked at the Estadio Azteca the last time Xolos had a match between two legs of the CONCACAF Champions League. But America doesn't have Andre-Pierre Gignac.
Xolos' defense frustrated Tigres for much of the night, but Tigres took the win thanks to Gignac's goal from outside the box. After faking past one defender and getting the ball on his right foot, the Frenchman unleashed a shot so powerful that Gibran Lajud just watched it go into his net. Any other weekend, this would be the best strike of the round.
1. Everaldo Stum (Queretaro) - 78' vs. Necaxa
This is an incredible goal from Queretaro forward Everaldo Stum. A hopeful cross came into the box and bounced past its intended target. Stum chested it to himself and unleashed the bicycle kick that quickly found the top corner of the net for the equalizer against Necaxa.
From there, Camilo (whose weird dive after missing the cross also deserves a second watch — maybe he was trying to draw a penalty?) ran over to embrace the Brazilian as the Queretaro substitutes joined in. It may be the best strike of the year so far, one that reminds us you don't have to have a star name to score an incredible goal.