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Mexicans Abroad: Rodolfo Pizarro’s goalscoring start headlines handful of debuts

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A handful of Mexicans abroad debuted with their respective clubs over the weekend, but none were at par with Rodolfo Pizarro’s.

The 26-year-old attacking midfielder scored on his fourth touch as an Inter Miami player, two minutes after coming off the bench. Pizarro’s right-footed strike proved to be historic, as it became the first official goal in club history.

Also on Saturday, in different regions of the United States, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Alan Pulido, respectively, made their debuts. Chicharito played 78 minutes in Los Angeles Galaxy’s 2-1 preseason loss to Toronto FC, while Pulido logged 61 minutes in Sporting Kansas City’s scoreless bout.

Qatar’s new marquee star, Marco Fabian, debuted in Al-Sadd’s hard-earned cup win.

Here is a list of several other Mexico national team affiliates making a name for themselves (or not) outside of Mexico this weekend.

Premier League

Raul Jimenez, Wolverhampton Wanderers —  Jimenez started and played all 90 minutes in Wolves’ 0-0 draw against Leicester City. The forward registered four shots off target and one blocked.

La Liga

Hector Herrera, Atletico Madrid —  Herrera was not called up by Diego Simeone for Atletico Madrid’s draw against Valencia on Friday.

Andres Guardado, Real Betis —  Guardado dressed but didn’t take the field on Sunday.

Diego Lainez, Real Betis — The 19-year-old was is out after undergoing appendicitis surgery.

Nestor Araujo, Celta Vigo — Araujo played a vital part in La Liga’s most surprising outcome of the matchweek – Celta’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid. The defender recorded eight clearances, one interceptions and two tackles throughout the 90 minutes.

Serie A

Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Napoli —  Lozano, Napoli’s most expensive player in team history, was not called up by Gennaro Gattuso on Sunday. The 24-year-old and the Italian manager seem to be on different pages, and the situation doesn’t appear to be getting better with time. It might be time to panic for Lozano’s development in Italy.

Primeira Liga

Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, FC Porto — Tecatito started and played 84 minutes in Porto’s 2-1 victory over Vitoria, which was marred by racist abuse towards Moussa Marega by Vitoria supporters.


Erick Gutierrez, PSV Eindhoven —  Gutierrez played the final five minutes of PSV’s 3-0 thumping of AOD Den Haag.

Edson Alvarez, Ajax — After several weeks of little activity, Alvarez seems to be making his way back into Ajax’s starting lineup. On Sunday, the Mexican defender played his second set of 90 minutes in four days.

Jupiler Pro League

Omar Govea, Zulte Waregem — Govea played 76 minutes in Zulte’s 2-1 loss on Sunday.

Major League Soccer

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, LA Galaxy – In front of a semi-full Dignity Sports Park, Chicharito made his Los Angeles Galaxy debut. The storied forward, however, failed to score despite seeing a decent amount of chances. Galaxy open the MLS season against Houston Dynamo on February 29.

Rodolfo Pizarro, Inter Miami – It took two minutes for an Rodolfo Pizarro to score on his unofficial Inter Miami debut. Ironically, the brand-new MLS franchise has yet to announce the signing of the 26-year-old from Monterrey.

Alan Pulido, Sporting Kansas City – Pulido played 61 minutes in SKC’s scoreless, preseason draw against Real Salt Lake.

Elsewhere around the globe:

Ulises Davila, Wellington Phoenix – Davila played all 90 minutes in Phoenix’s 1-0 victory over Melbourne City. The attacker also managed to pick up a yellow card throughout the match.

Marco Fabian, Al-Sadd – Fabian debuted for Xavi’s Al-Sadd on Saturday, playing all 120 minutes in his team’s win via penalties.

Hector Moreno, Al-Gharafa – Moreno and Al-Gharafa were inactive this weekend.

Bundesliga wrap: Blowouts a-plenty; BVB’s Pulisic has goal, 2 assists

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Christian Pulisic isn’t just making American eyes notice his play now, as Borussia Dortmund’s 12-goal week in and out of Germany has BVB very much on the European radar.

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The American had another start and a huge offensive day as BVB piled up one of several big score lines on Saturday in the Bundesliga.

The USMNT wasn’t the only CONCACAF man to score, as El Tri men traded goals in Frankfurt. Read on for more.

Borussia Dortmund 6-0 Darmstadt

The array of young talent assembled by Borussia Dortmund is astounding, as the German giants clobbered Darmstadt despite not using Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Marco Reus in the lineup.

American star Christian Pulisic prepared for his 18th birthday, which is Sunday, by coring and adding two assists in 90 minutes of work, while Gonzalo Castro scored twice and Adrian Ramos, Emre Mor, and Sebastian Rode added goals as well.

Bayern Munich 3-1 Ingolstadt

The reigning champs stayed perfect despite an early scare from Dario Lezcano and the visitors. Robert Lewandowski, Xabi Alonso, and Rafinha scored and Bayern possessed heavily, even if the Bavarians were out-attempted 13-10.

Hamburger SV 0-4 RB Leipzig

The new boys stayed undefeated as well, as Leipzig went into Hamburg and made sure USMNT striker Bobby Wood wouldn’t keep up his scoring ways. Young Germany prospect Timo Werner scored twice for Leipzig, and Emil Forsberg converted a penalty. Substitute Davie Selke also netted in the win.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Alexander Meier scored early before Mexicans traded goals with Bayer’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez equalizing before longtime CD Guadalajara man Marco Fabian found the winner in the 79th minute.

Borussia Monchengladbach 4-1 Werder Bremen

Thorgan Hazard and Raffael each bagged a brace before the game was half done, but neither found the hat trick. Olympic star and ex-Arsenal man Serge Gnabry scored his first Werder Bremen goal in the loss.

Hoffenheim 0-0 Wolfsburg

The movie poster would read: Each team attempted 20 shots. Neither team scored.


Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 3 3 0 0 11 1 10 2-0-0 1-0-0 9
 RB Leipzig 3 2 1 0 7 2 5 1-0-0 1-1-0 7
 1. FC Köln 3 2 1 0 5 0 5 2-0-0 0-1-0 7
 Borussia Dortmund 3 2 0 1 8 2 6 2-0-0 0-0-1 6
 Hertha BSC Berlin 2 2 0 0 4 1 3 1-0-0 1-0-0 6
 Mönchengladbach 3 2 0 1 7 5 2 2-0-0 0-0-1 6
 Eintracht Frankfurt 3 2 0 1 3 2 1 2-0-0 0-0-1 6
 VfL Wolfsburg 3 1 2 0 2 0 2 0-1-0 1-1-0 5
 1899 Hoffenheim 3 0 3 0 6 6 0 0-2-0 0-1-0 3
 Bayer Leverkusen 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 1-0-0 0-0-2 3
 FC Augsburg 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 0-0-1 1-0-0 3
 SC Freiburg 3 1 0 2 4 6 -2 1-0-0 0-0-2 3
 Darmstadt 3 1 0 2 1 8 -7 1-0-0 0-0-2 3
 FSV Mainz 05 2 0 1 1 5 6 -1 0-1-0 0-0-1 1
 FC Ingolstadt 04 3 0 1 2 2 6 -4 0-0-1 0-1-1 1
 Hamburger SV 3 0 1 2 2 8 -6 0-1-1 0-0-1 1
 FC Schalke 04 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3 0-0-1 0-0-1 0
 Werder Bremen 3 0 0 3 2 12 -10 0-0-1 0-0-2 0