League seasons around Europe and in Argentina are yet to get started but in the United States and Mexico things are in full flow and there were plenty of Argentinos on target over this weekend…
In Liga MX Club América responded to their opening day defeat with a 3-0 win over Atlas at the Estadio Azteca thanks to a brace by Guido Rodríguez.
The 24-year-old found himself on the fringes of the Argentina squad when Jorge Sampaoli named his first squad in 2017 but quickly dropped off the radar. However, Rodríguez has been one of the outstanding midfield talents since moving to Mexico and illustrated that once more on Saturday.
Two well taken volleys at poorly defended corners helped América to victory but the former River Plate academy product also chaked up five tackles and a 90% pass accuracy during a dominant midfield display. La Albiceleste have produced relatively few defensive midfielders in the mold of Rodríguez in recent years and at 24, there could still be time.
Another fine midfield option worthy of another look for Argentina is Iván Marcone and the 28-year-old impressed once more as Cruz Azul maintained their 100% start to the season. The former Lanús captain has already dazzled supporters with his ball winning, determinatio and control in the centre of the pitch and on Saturday, his new side defeated Chivas.
The game’s only goal came just after half time thanks to a fine finish by former San Lorenzo striker Martín Cauteruccio.
Monterrey join Cruz Azul and two others at the top with two wins from two after defeating Club León. Playing against ten-men for the majority of the game it took a 74th minute penalty by former Racing defender Nicolás Sánchez to break the deadlock and as the home side pushed for an equaliser, Rogelio Funes Mori wrapped up the points in stoppage time, lobbing a stranded goalkeeper from 45 yards.
Elsewhere, former River youngster Daniel Keko Villalba scored the only goal as Querétaro defeated Pachuca, centre forward Julio Furch slid a late consolation for Santos Laguna in a 3-1 loss to Morelia and Ruben Sambueza struck from the penalty spot as Toluca lost to Puebla.
In Major League Soccer (MLS), Gerardo Martino’s Atlanta United remain top of the Eastern Conference after a 2-1 win away to Montreal Impact. Former Banfield midfielder Eric Remedi made his first start for Atlanta and impressed but it was once again Josef Martinez who was the match winner.
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Ignacio Piatti did muster a late goal for Montreal but it was nothing more than a consolation as Atlanta continue to look like decent tips for the title at this early stage.
Sebastian Blanco’s finely taken early goal helped Portland Timbers on their way to a win over Houston Dynamo. The visitors equalised soon after but Diego Valeri helped the ball into the path of Fanendo Adi as it bobbled around the six-yard box to set up the winner ten minutes from time.
And finally, Wayne Rooney scored his first MLS goal for DC United after Luciano Acosta slipped in the former England captain to slot through the legs of Tim Howard. Despite United defeating Columbus Crew they remain bottom of the conference.