Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Primera División de México - Top Scorers

To me, the gap seems to be slowly narrowing between the top MLS teams and clubs in Mexico. With all of the recent and upcoming "important" (depending on who you ask) matches between them, I've been making an effort to familiarize myself with the Premier Division in Mexico. Outside of occasionally catching a Chivas-America 'Clásico de Clásicos', I can say I never really paid much attention to the league south of the border in the past.

I kind of wish I could watch some games with English commentary to get to know the teams better. Maybe I should try to improve my Español beyond counting to ten and the words copa, partido, gol, and liga. (I actually know a bit more than that, but you get the point)

Here are the top 4 scorers from the past few tournaments in Mexico.

Clausura 2008 (Through 15 games played)
Humberto Suazo - Chile 11 Monterrey
Claudio Graf - Argentina 9 Veracruz
Vicente Matías Vuoso - Argentina 9 Santos
Omar Bravo - Mexico 8 Chivas

Apertura 2007
Alfredo Moreno - Argentina 18 San Luis
Giancarlo Maldonado - Venezuela 15 Atlante
Esteban Solari - Argentina 14 UNAM
Daniel Luduena - Argentina 13 Santos

Clausura 2007
Omar Bravo - Mexico 11 Chivas
Juan Carlos Cacho - Mexico 11 Pachuca
Javier Campora - Argentina 10 Chiapas
Cuauhtemoc Blanco - Mexico 9 America

Apertura 2006
Bruno Marioni - Argentina 15 Toluca
Omar Bravo - Mexico 11 Chivas
Miguel Sabah - Mexico 10 Cruz Azul
Kleber Boas - Brazil 9 Necaxa

Clausura 2006
Salvador Cabanas - Paraguay 14 Chiapas
Sebastian Abreu - Uruguay 11 Dorados
Oscar Gonzalez - Arg/Mex 10 San Luis
Emmanuel Villa - Argentina 10 Atlas

Apertura 2005
Walter Gaitán - Argentina 14 Tigres
Guillermo Franco - Mexico 13 Monterrey
Kléber Boas - Brazil 13 America
Sebastian Abreu - Uruguay 11 Monterrey

Clausura 2005
Vicente Matías Vuoso - Argentina 16 Santos
Claudio López - Argentina 14 America
Kléber Boas - Brazil 14 America
Walter Gaitán - Argentina 13 Tigres

It's interesting to see that Mexican players are not regularly leading the league in goals and are not even in the top 4 goal scorers in great numbers.

Where are they now?
Sebastian Abreu - River Plate (Argentina)
Kleber Boas - Santos (Brazil)
Claudio Lopez - KC Wizards (USA)
Cuauhtemoc Blanco - Chicago Fire (USA)
Guillermo Franco - Villareal (Spain)
Emmanuel Villa - Derby County (England)

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