By FRANCO PANIZO
A memorable night for Amando Moreno was also a forgettable one for American teammate Alejandro Guido.
Club Tijuana went with a largely young and inexperienced lineup as it returned to Copa MX play on Tuesday, and four out of the five U.S. players in uniform saw the field in a 2-2 draw against Deportivo Tepic. The player that made the quickest impact for the Xolos was Moreno, who opened his professional scoring account with a neat finish (see the goal here) in the third minute of the Group 3 road game.
Unfortunately for Moreno, his night was cut short due to a tactical adjustment. Guido was shown a straight red card in the 13th minute, and the 19-year-old Moreno was substituted six minutes later as Tijuana tried to reorganize itself.
The Xolos could not hold onto their lead and settled for just a point after needing to come back from a 2-1 deficit, but two other Americans saw time in the match.
John Requejo – who like Moreno is looking to secure a spot on the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team’s World Cup squad – started while Paul Arriola came in to replace him at the 54-minute mark. Fellow World Cup hopeful Fernando Arce Jr was in uniform, but did not play.
What do you think of Moreno’s goal-scoring performance? Expecting him to make a serious push for a U-20 World Cup roster spot? Surprised to see Guido sent off?
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Nice comeback for draw after being down a man for so long.