In Mexico, Edgar Castillo continued his fine run of form, playing 90 minutes and scoring his first goal of the campaign in Monterrey’s 5-1 defeat of Veracruz on Saturday. Castillo got on the scoresheet in the 30th minute when Dorlan Pabon slipped a nifty through ball into the area on the left, allowing Castillo a path to finish at the back post (WATCH). With the win, Monterrey (6-1-0; 18 points) stay a full three points clear of Club Leon at the top of the Liga MX Clausura table.
Leon and U.S. goalkeeper William Yarbrough kept up their chase on Saturday with a matching 5-1 score line against Toluca to move to 5-2-0 (15 points) in the Liga MX Clausura campaign. In Guadalajara, Omar Gonzalez went another full 90 minutes, but Pachuca surrendered their first match of the season in a 1-0 defeat at Atlas, placing them third in the Liga MX table at 4-1-2 (14 points) Elsewhere, defender Jonathan Bornstein went the distance and midfielder Luis Gil entered in the 71st minute for Queretaro in its 2-2 draw with Tigres UANL.
In Copa MX action earlier in the week, U.S. midfielder Miguel Ibarra finished off a nifty cross from the right to open the scoring in Leon’s 2-2 draw with Mineros de Zacatecas. Elsewhere in Copa MX, Joe Corona went 90 minutes in midfield for Dorados Sinaloa as they defeated FC Juarez 2-1 on Tuesday.
In Germany, U.S. youth international Christian Pulisic continued his rise, making his first career start for Borussia Dortmund. The 17-year-old midfielder played the first 45 minutes in the club’s 1-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen, holding them firmly in second place in the Bundesliga table at 16-3-3 (51 pts.). Elsewhere, defender John Brooks put in a complete game in Hertha Berlin’s 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg, keeping the capital club in third place (10-6-6; 36 pts.), one point ahead of Leverkusen.
Meanwhile, Fabian Johnson also went the distance in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 1-0 home win against Koln, leaving the club (11-9-2; 35 pts.) tied on points with Leverkusen and just one behind Brooks and Hertha Berlin. In the German second division, Andrew Wooten played the first 61 minutes of Sanhausen’s 2-0 defeat to Freiburg.
Finally, having made the move to English giants Chelsea FC last month, 20-year-old center back Matt Miazga achieved two small milestones this week, making the game day 18 in the club’s 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash on Tuesday. Five days later, Miazga was in the 18 again, this time for Chelsea’s 5-1 defeat of Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round.