I haven’t posted anything for 6 weeks at this point. In the meantime I was taking finals and writing terms papers, oh yeah and moving to Mexico. I’m currently living in Puebla located between the BUAP Lobos (as of yet unfinished) stadium and Estadio Cuauhtemoc which is the home of Puebla FC.
Lobos play in the sort of second division in Mexico, the semi-professional Liga de Ascenso – Promotion League. Like most leagues in Latin America, Liga de Acenso has two seasonal tournaments each year; the Apertura (Opening) from July until December and the Clausura (Closing) that runs from January through May. Each “torneo” has a playoff structure which results in the champion for that short tournament. The two torneo champions meet to decide which team earns promotion into the Primera Division of Mexico.
Puebla FC is a regular in Primera with recent torneo finishes of 12th, 14th, 13th, 13th, and 7th. Interesting for me, as an American living in Mexico, is the performances of winger/forward DaMarcus Beasley. The U.S. international plays outside on the left in both a 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1 formations (also in a 4-4-1-1 and 3-5-1-1) and as a striker coming in on his favored left foot as a striker in a 4-3-1-2 setup and an attacking midfielder in a 4-3-2-1 lineup. Beasley started, as he normally does in Puebla, for the first game of the new season this past weekend before getting subbed out ten minutes into the second half.
American fans living in Puebla almost got the treat of seeing one time MLS great Eddie Johnson suit up with his fellow countryman. After initially signing with Puebla and training for two weeks, Johnson was released by the club which cited a lack of fitness, which isn’t a great surprise for a player who hasn’t been a solid starter since he left the MLS in January 2008.
But even with only one American on the team sheet and a disappointing first fixture (held to a 0-0 result at home after playing the entire second half with a man advantage) there’s still hope for Puebla to challenge for the 8 Liguilla playoff spots this season. Next match is on Saturday when Puebla travels to Pachuca, where a draw would be a positive result for the team affectionately referred to by the sash on their crest as La Franja