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Liga MX striker picks goalkeeper’s pocket to score winner

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The difference between top and bottom: one stoppage time goal.

But it’s not just any goal.

First-placed Chivas Guadalajara and last-placed Puebla squared off in Liga MX action on Saturday, and with the game tied 2-2 in injury time and both teams down to 10 men, the winning moment came on a laughable goalkeeping mistake.

As Puebla netminder Cristian Campestrini looked to encourage his teammates to push forward for one more attack, he lost concentration for just a moment, costing him and his team. He placed the ball on the ground and looked up to take aim for his boot, without realizing Chivas striker Carlos Fierro was right behind him, waiting for Campestrini to do just that.

Fierro then picked his pocket, rounded the shocked goalkeeper, and scored the winner.

Not only did Fierro steal the ball in a moment of weakness, but he then added insult to injury by rounding the Puebla goalkeeper while he floundered on the ground, hoping to bear crawl his way to a big stop. It wasn’t to be, and Fierro bagged the big goal.

That kept Chivas two points in front at the top of the Clausura 2017 table, while Puebla is a point in the basement.

Liga MX roundup: Pumas, Santos earn victories on the road

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As the Apertura season comes to a close for a few teams, Santos managed to end the campaign on a positive note, while Pumas finished up two goals and as many players against Puebla.

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Puebla 0-3 Pumas

When Patricio Araujo earned a straight red card heading into the halftime break, it was only a sign of things to come for Puebla on the evening. When Francisco Torres was shown a second red card for Puebla, it spelt the end of their chances of winning. Pumas took advantage of playing up a man and gained the lead in the 54th minute when Pablo Barrera converted from the penalty spot. Matias Britos doubled the lead for the visitors nine minutes later after tapping in a Barrera cross from close range, before Barrera netted his second goal of the match in the 81st minute.

Pumas moves up to sixth in the table with Sunday’s victory, while Puebla drops to 12th based on goal differential.

Toluca 1-2 Santos

Santos created some separation from last-place side Chiapas on Sunday after picking up three points on the road against Toluca. Goals from Carlos Izquierdoz and Jonathan Rodriguez helped pace Santos, who now sit on 16 points. Izquierdoz broke the deadlock after 27 minutes when the Santos man headed home a Walter Sandoval corner kick, while Rodriguez doubled the advantage for the visitors with under a quarter hour remaining.

Toluca managed to pull a goal back late through Maikon Leite in the 89th minute, but the hosts couldn’t knick a result. The loss puts Toluca in 10th place on 24 points, as the side closes out the Apertura season.

El Tri legend Cuauhtémoc Blanco carried off field a Copa MX champion after a mere 23 year career

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Cuauhtémoc Blanco is retiring a champion after helping Puebla to a 4-2 win over Chivas Guadalajara in the Copa MX Clausura final at Olimpico Universitario BUAP Stadium on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old forward may be best known for his exploits with Club America and the Mexican national team, and here for his time with the Chicago Fire, but played for many teams over the course of a 23-year career.

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He’s retiring after playing the final 20 minutes of the title match, lifting a trophy and… going off to run for Mayor of Cuernavaca, according to MLSSoccer.com.

As a side note, check out unused sub and USMNT veteran Herculez Gomez in the above photo. Michael Orozco is a regular starter for Puebla.

source: Getty ImagesBlanco netted 39 times in 120 caps for Mexico, and took a ceremonial turn for El Tri this year.

He was part of two Gold Cup winners and has the 1999 Confederations Cup title to his credit, too.

On the club side, Blanco was an MLS Best XI member for Chicago, and scored 18 goals in parts of three seasons. His most prolific days came with Club America, where he scored 125 goals in 333 appearances.

Blanco also played for Real Valladolid, Veracruz, Necaxa, Iraputo, Sinaloa and BUAP.

It’s impossible not to respect the achievements of Blanco, even as begrudging admirers from the U.S. side. Godspeed, Cuauhtémoc, and… enjoy politics?

Cuauhtémoc Blanco is back in the top division of Mexican soccer

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Think a soccer player’s career ends in his mid-thirties — if he’s lucky? Well, Cuauhtémoc Blanco is out to prove you wrong. The 41-year-old has made a return to Mexico’s top flight, making a substitute appearance for Puebla in their 1-1 draw with Veracruz on Saturday.

Blanco spent most of his career wth Club América, debuting in 1992 at age 19. He spent an incredible 15 seasons with Las Aguilas, scoring 135 goals and helping them win the clausura in 2005 and the CONCACAF Champions League in 2006. He went out on loan a few times, but he always returned to Mexico.

Until 2007, that is. That’s when Chicago Fire paid a handsome sum to tempt Blanco to Major League Soccer. He stayed for two seasons before heading out on loan to Santos Laguna. From that point on, Blanco remained in Mexico.

But playing for Santos in 2008 was the last time that Blanco experienced first-division soccer, spending his recent seasons in Mexico’s second tier. He considered retirement, but Puebla convinced him to sign on for one season, almost certainly his last as a player.

Speaking to reporters after the draw with Veracruz, Blanco said, “I’m happy and grateful to the Puebla fans and team owners who gave me this chance to come here…I lacked a goal to take the three points.”

Next time out, Puebla face Blanco’s former club, America, where the forward is something of a hero. Maybe he’ll mark the occasion by scoring against them.

DaMarcus Beasley put up for sale with return to MLS on his mind

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USMNT defender DaMarcus Beasley could be coming home soon.

His Liga MX club Puebla listed Beasley as one of 16 players on its official transfer list, paving the way for him to make a return to Major League Soccer.

And according to Mexican newspaper Diario Cambio, he’s highly interested in making the move after the World Cup is completed.

The former Chicago Fire and and Los Angeles Galaxy defender hasn’t played in MLS since 2004, and his last club Chicago no longer owns his allocation rights, meaning he would be up for allocation via the ranking system.

This isn’t the first time Puebla have tried to offload Beasley, with fellow Liga MX side Queretaro coming so close to acquiring his services that they even announced it on their official website before it was eventually nixed.

Puebla have failed to make the playoffs in each of his six seasons at the club, and they were very nearly relegated this past cycle.

Beasley is currently with the USMNT in California for camp in the run-up to the World Cup, and is expected to make the final roster.  He is looking to get back to 100% following a minor leg injury sustained in Puebla’s penultimate match of the season in late April.