Club Tijuana’s Copa MX-opening victory ha a distinct American feel.
Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno scored early goals, leading the way as Xolos topped CD Toluca, 3-0, on Tuesday night in the first match of 2016 Apertura Copa MX play. The win sees Xolos claim three points to open group play.
Arriola opened the scoring with a ninth minute finish, giving Miguel Herrera’s side an ideal start. After darting past his defender, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team attacker fire across the goal to give Tijuana an early lead.
Moreno doubled that lead just three minutes later, kneeing the ball home from inside the penalty box. A third goal was added by Leonel Perez just before halftime, giving Tijuana all the club would need to earn a win.
Arriola and Moreno were far from the only Americans in the lineup on Wednesday night. U.S. Men’s National Team defender Michael Orozco by U.S. U-23 midfielder Alejandro Guido and U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team fullback John Requejo in the starting XI.
Tijuana returns to action on July 24 for a match against Puebla.