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Mexicans Abroad: Jimenez makes Wolves history; Guardado assists in Betis win

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On what was perhaps Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s last weekend in Europe, Raul Jimenez made it clear that he is ready to carry on the mantle as Mexico’s marquee striker in the old continent.

The 28-year-old’s double made him Wolverhampton Wanderer’s Premier League all-time leading goalscorer, surpassing Steven Fletcher‘s record of 22 goals in just 61 appearances.

Meanwhile in Spain, Andres Guardado continues to add remarkable chapters to his never-ending European photo book, recording an assist in Real Betis’ 3-0 thumping of Real Sociedad.

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 —  Not only did Jimenez boost his league goalscoring tally to the double digits on Saturday, but he also became Wolves’ Premier League all-time goalscorer. The Mexican is indispensable for the Midlands side – well worth the club-record $33-million investment.

La Liga

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Sevilla — Chicharito did not make the trip with Sevilla to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. On Friday, Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl reported that Los Angeles Galaxy have signed the 31-year-old. An official announcement from the MLS side is expected in the coming days.

Hector Herrera, Atletico Madrid — Herrera started and played 43 minutes in Los Colchoneros’ rare, 2-0 loss to Eibar on Saturday. Atletico are now eight points behind leaders Barcelona and second-best Real Madrid.

Andres Guardado, Real Betis —  Guardado played all 90 minutes and recorded an assist in Betis’ trashing of Real Sociedad. The midfielder also earned a yellow card in the 23rd minute.

Diego Lainez, Real Betis — The 19-year-old dressed but remained on the bench for Betis. 

Nestor Araujo, Celta Vigo — Araujo started and played 90 minutes in Celta’s 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao. The defender recorded 11 clearances, two interceptions, and earned a yellow card.

Serie A

Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Napoli —  As Napoli’s continues to suffer under Gennaro Gattuso, so does Chucky. The frenetic winger saw just 26 minutes of playing time in Napoli’s 2-0 loss to Fiorentina on Saturday. Gattuso, however, may be on his was out as reports indicated that he’s considering resigning after just 35 days at the helm.

Primeira Liga

Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, FC Porto — Tecatito started and played all 90 minutes in Porto’s 2-1 loss to Braga on Saturday. The Dragons trail league leaders Benfica by seven points.

Eredivisie

Erick Gutierrez, PSV Eindhoven —  Gutierrez dressed but remained on the bench for PSV on Saturday.

Edson Alvarez, Ajax — Alvarez dressed but remained on the bench for Ajax on Sunday.

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Omar Govea, Zulte Waregem — Govea started and played 90 minutes in Zulte’s 3-0 loss to KRC Genk.

Elsewhere around the globe:

Pedro Arce, Panionios –  Panionios were inactive over the weekend.

Gerardo Ramirez Alonso, Roda JC – Ramirez Alonso and Roda JC take on Jong FC Utrecht on Monday.

LA Galaxy ‘serious’ about signing Chicharito

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Okay, this Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez to LA Galaxy report has moved on quite quickly.

Chicharito, 31, has been linked with a move from Sevilla to the Galaxy and it appears that a deal for Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer is getting closer as the most successful team in Major League Soccer history badly need a new star man.

If it goes through it would be for a franchise-record transfer fee of close to $10 million.

The Galaxy’s general manager Dennis te Kloese told the LA Times that they are pushing hard to sign Hernandez, who has played in just two La Liga games for Sevilla since November after his summer transfer from West Ham in the Premier League.

“I think he could be good for us. We’ll give it a serious try,” te Kloese said, as the report claims LA and Sevilla are in advanced negotiations.

Hernandez would link up with El Tri teammate Jonathan dos Santos at the Galaxy and he knows te Kloese well as he previously was the director of Mexico’s national teams.

Over the years it is tough to keep count of how many MLS teams Chicharito has been linked with a move to but it always seemed like a LA would work out, somehow, for the former Chivas and Manchester United.

Chicharito recently stated that he would be open to a move to MLS and the Galaxy need a Designated Player, and new star striker, to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic who left at the end of his contract following the conclusion of the 2019 season.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side start preseason training this weekend and it is believed they want Hernandez to be part of it. Things may not move that quickly but the wheels are in motion for the Galaxy to replace Zlatan and for Hernandez to become the latest in a long line of stars to call the LA Galaxy home.

Mexicans Abroad: Jimenez, Tecatito Corona continue to shine

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Deservingly so, Raul Jimenez has been the Mexican sensation abroad, scoring 20 goals for Wolverhampton this season – throughout all competitions – alone.

But only a two-hour flight from Wolverhampton stands Porto, Portugal, home of Jesus “Tecatito” Corona and, of course, FC Porto. It is there (and throughout all of Portugal) that Corona continues to make a name for himself.

The crafty winger/fullback has started all of Porto’s league games this season, recording five assists along the way. And on Sunday, Tecatito recorded his second assist in three days in cup play with the Dragons.

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 — In superstar fashion, Jimenez scored his 20th goal of the season on Saturday, giving Wolves a late win against Norwich City. The 28-year-old leads all Mexicans abroad in goals scored – and by a lot.

La Liga

Hector Herrera, Atletico Madrid —  Starting and playing all 90 minutes as a right midfielder, Herrera flourished in Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Real Betis. the 29-year-old completed 90 percent of his passes and registered two key passes on Sunday.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Sevilla — Chicharito was left out of Sevilla’s 18 on Saturday.

Andres Guardado, Real Betis —  The 33-year-old started and played 70 minutes in Betis’ 2-1 loss to Atletico Madrid. Already on the bench, Guardado was awarded a yellow card for arguing.

Diego Lainez, Real Betis — Just days removed from his goalscoring performance in cup play, Lainez took the field in the 70th minute and managed to register a shot on goal.

Nestor Araujo, Celta Vigo — Araujo was busy on Sunday during Celta’s 3-1 loss to Levante. The defender registered an assist – his first of the season – but picked up a yellow card in the 72nd minute.

Serie A

Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Napoli — Lozano’s current situation in Napoli is far from ideal at the moment. The frenetic winger, who became Napoli’s most lucrative signing this summer, has yet to start a match under newly-minted Gennaro Gattuso. On Sunday, Lozano was left on the bench as Napoli earned a last-gasp victory over Sassuolo.

Primeira Liga

Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, FC Porto — Corona started and played 64 minutes in Porto’s 4-2 victory over Chaves on Sunday. The 26-year-old assisted Tiquinho Soares in the eighth minute.

Eredivisie

Erick Gutierrez, PSV Eindhoven — Gutierrez was left out of PSV’s 18 on Saturday.

Edson Alvarez, Ajax — Alvarez spectated Ajax’s 6-1 victory over Ado Den Haag from the bench on Sunday.

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Omar Govea, Zulte Waregem — Govea started and played 45 minutes in Zulte’s 2-0 loss against Cercle Brugge.

Elsewhere around the globe:

Hector Moreno, Al Gharafa   Moreno and Al Gharafa take on Al Sadd on Monday.

Mexico’s Jimenez stars as Wolves clinch UEL knockout round berth

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Wolves blew a 3-1 halftime lead at Braga but hung on for a draw to clinch a place in the Europa League Round of 32.

Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men can still win the group if it beats Besiktas on the final match day and Braga loses at Slovan Bratislava.

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Andre Horta put Braga ahead, but Wolves answered with three goals in the next half hour. Raul Jimenez, Matt Doherty, and Adama Traore all got on the board, with Jimenez also picking up an assist.

Paulinho and Fransergio scored twice in 15 second half minute for Braga, who ruined Espirito Santo’s trip back to Portugal.

El Tri star Jimenez now has 15 goals and four assists in 24 matches, including markers in the last three UEL matches.

Mexicans Abroad: Jimenez scores in Wolves win; Lozano earns Napoli draw

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Raul Jimenez’s spectacular and fine run of form with Wolverhampton Wanderers was in full steam on Saturday, as the forward recorded his sixth of goal in league play, powering Wolves to the fifth spot on the table.

A couple hundred miles away, Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, too, contributed a goal for his team. Napoli, however, were unable to walk away from San Siro with three points, drawing instead and dropping out of the qualification zone.

In Portugal, Jesus “Tecatito” Corona continues to prove that he works best in silence, far away from the reflectors and attention that his aforementioned countrymen garner, recording an assist over the weekend.

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


La Liga

Hector Herrera, Atletico Madrid —  During the early stages of the season, there was enough speculation to go around on wether Herrera was ever going to become a staple in Diego Simeone’s scheme. After a second consecutive start and an assist in Atletico’s 1-1 draw against Granada, it’s safe to say that the 29-year-old is enough to prove that he can contribute to an elite-caliber European side.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Sevilla — Chicharito stayed on the bench in Sevilla’s 1-0 win over Real Valladolid on Sunday.

Andres Guardado, Real Betis —  The 33-year-old started and all played all 90 minutes for Betis, who defeated Valencia 2-1 at the Benito Villamarin. Guardado completed 88 percent of his passes, contributed one key pass, and recorded a total of 65 touches.

Diego Lainez, Real Betis — The 19-year-old remained on the bench during Saturday’s match.

Nestor Araujo, Celta Vigo — Araujo was fundamental in Celta’s 3-1 win over Villarreal on Sunday, recording seven clearances, one blocked shot, and four tackles in 90 minutes of play. With only 12 points after 14 matches played, Celta still remain in the drop zone.

Serie A

Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Napoli — Lozano has been Napoli’s lone saving grace over their last three matches, contributing all the goals throughout the aforementioned stretch of time. On Saturday, the winger rose in the air and headed home Lorenzo Insigne’s shot off the crossbar, salvaging Napoli a point against AC Milan.

Premier League

Raul Jimenez, Wolverhampton Wanderers — Jimenez continues to prove a point many back: He’s Wolves’ most influential, productive, and valuable player. The 28-year-old scored his team’s game-winning goal against Bournemouth.

Eredivisie

Erick Gutierrez, PSV Eindhoven — Gutierrez was left on the bench in PSV’s 2-1 over Heerenveen. He did, however, pull off this kind gesture to a Chivas fan that was present at Philips Stadium:

Edson Alvarez, Ajax — Alvarez, too, remained on the bench in Eredivisie this weekend. The 22-year-old had front-row seats to Ajax’s 4-1 win over Heracles. 

Primeira Liga

Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, FC Porto — Corona played 68 minutes and added an assist in Porto’s 4-0 win over Vitoria in cup play on Sunday.

Jupiler Pro League

Omar Govea, Zulte Waregem — Govea started and played 90 minutes in Zulte’s 2-0 win over KV Mechelen.

Elsewhere around the globe:

Hector Moreno, Al Gharafa   Moreno didn’t dress for Al Gharafa in their 3-1 loss on Friday.

Pedro Arce, Panionios – Arce started and played all 90 minutes in Panionios 1-1 draw with Olympiacos.