The league seasons in MLS and Liga MX continued over the weekend and as ever there were plenty more Argentinos on target in both competitions.
MLS All-star Diego Valeri produced a stunning long range strike to help Portland Timbers overcome Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday afternoon. With the visitors having cancelled out Timbers earlier opener, Valeri found the top corner from 30 yards just after the half hour mark for his 12th goal of the season and it proved enough to push the home side to an eventual 3-1 win.
Nacho Piatti scored from the penalty spot as Montreal Impact defeated Orlando City 2-1 while Luis Solignac added the fourth in Chicago Fire’s 4-1 victory against New England Revolution. Goals from Matt Polster, Juninho and Michael de Leeuw already had the home side in control but the former Platense and Nueva Chicago striker struck in stoppage time to wrap up the points.
In Liga MX, Toluca maintained their unbeaten start to the season to remain level on points with the leaders after a 3-2 victory over Atlas. The visitors actually led in the Estadio Nemesio Díez when Juan Pablo Vigón headed in Milton Caraglio’s cross but the game’s major taking point came shortly after. Rubens Sambueza thought he had brought Toluca level from the penalty spot only to have to retake his spotkick and at the second attempt be denied by Miguel Ángel Fraga.
Gabriel Hauche did ensure the home side were level before the break with a delicate finish and while Matías Alustiza’s deflected shot looked like it might give Atlas all the points, late goals from Enrique Triverio and Mateus snatched the win for Toluca.
Tigres’ unbeaten but somewhat underwhelming start continued with a 1-1 draw against Querétaro at the Estadio Universitario. The increasingly influential Lucas Zelarrayán scrambled a second half equaliser but the home side were not able to take all the points.
And finally, Veracruz celebrated a 2-0 victory over Puebla with Cristian Menéndez notching his first goal in Liga MX since joining from Atlético Tucumán. El Polaco produced a perfectly weighted lob just before half time to double the lead and secure the win.