Monitoring Monterrey: Rayados suffer first loss of Clausura campaign

Sporting Kansas City and Club de Futbol Monterrey will meet in the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League semifinals. Sporting will travel to Mexico for the first leg of the aggregate-goal series before hosting the decisive second leg at Children's Mercy Park (tickets on sale now). In the buildup to this continental clash, SportingKC.com is providing updates on the Rayados as part of the site’s Monitoring Monterrey series.


Last week, CF Monterrey's unbeaten start to 2019 - a streak that stretched 13 games from Jan. 5 to March 9 - ended with a 1-0 loss in Atlanta despite dispatching the reigning MLS Cup champions 3-1 on aggregate in the Champions League quarterfinals.  

Last night, the Rayados (6-1-4, 3rd place) stumbled to a second straight defeat as the club's unblemished record in the Liga MX Clausura campaign came to an end with a 1-0 loss at Tijuana (6-4-1, 5th place).

Former Chivas USA winger Miller Bolanos delivered the dagger with the game's only goal in the 67th minute to lift the Xolos, led by former Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja, to the home victory at Estadio Caliente.

Monterrey Lineup

Monterrey head coach Diego Alonso, a Liga MX champion as both a player (Pumas in 2004) and a manager (Pachuca in 2016), gave 22-year-old Paraguayan striker Adam Bareiro his first start since joining Rayados in December in place of Rogelio Funes Mori, the Sueno MLS 2008 winner whose eight goals are third most in the league this year.

Colombian winger Dorlan Pabon, who led the league with nine assists in the 2018 Apertura, captained the squad, which also featured three players from the 2018 FIFA World Cup: Mexico teammates Jesus Gallardo and Miguel Layun, as well as Argentine midfielder Maximiliano Meza.

Starting XI in 4-2-3-1 formation (R-L): Marcelo Barovero; Miguel Layún, César Montes (Carlos Rodríguez 78’), Nicolás Sánchez, Leonel Vangioni; , Celso Ortíz, Rodolfo Pizarro (Jesús Gallardo 72’); Dorlan Pabón, Maximiliano Meza, Avilés Hurtado; Adam Bareiro (Rogelio Funes Mori 61’)

Subs not used: GK Luis Cardenas, DEF Edson Gutierrez, DEF Johan Vasquez, MF Jonathan Gonzalez

Up Next

Saturday's result leaves Monterrey third in the Liga MX standings entering the upcoming international break. The Rayados, the top scoring team in the Clausura with 23 goals in 11 matches, will look to snap the team's current 235-minute scoreless streak when they return to the field on March 30 at Estadio BBVA Bancomer to take on a Cruz Azul side that eliminated Monterrey in the Copa MX Final last October and the Apertura semifinals in December.

Monterrey Statistics (2019 Liga MX Clausura)

Record: 6-1-4, 22 points (3-0-3 home, 3-1-1 away)
Table: 3rd in Liga MX
Goals For: 23
Goals Against: 10

Pos Player GP GS G A
FWD Rogelio Funes Mori 10 8 8 1
DEF Nicolas Sanchez 10 10 4 0
FWD Dorlan Pabon 11 10 3 1
MID Maximiliano Meza 10 7 2 0
FWD Angel Zaldivar 8 3 1 0
MID Carlos Rodriguez 11 9 1 4
FWD Rodolfo Pizarro 5 5 1 0
FWD Aviles Hurtado 9 6 1 1
MID Jonathan Gonzalez 5 3 1 0
MID Jesus Gallardo 11 8 1 3
FWD Adam Bareiro 3 1 0 0
MID Celso Ortiz 9 8 0 2
MID Eric Cantu 1 1 0 0
DEF Johan Vasquez 3 1 0 0
DEF Leonel Vangioni 9 8 0 1
DEF Cesar Montes 10 9 0 0
MID John Medina 6 6 0 2
DEF Miguel Layun 5 4 0 0
DEF Edson Gutierrez 4 1 0 1
DEF Jose Basanta 2 2 0 0

Goalkeeping

Player GP GS MINS Saves GA GAA W-L-T
Marcelo Barovero 11 11 990 37 10 0.91 6-1-4

2019 Schedule and Results

Date Opponent Competition Result
Jan. 5 vs Pachuca Liga MX 5-0 Win
Jan. 12 vs Leon Liga MX 2-2 Draw
Jan. 19 at Queretaro Liga MX 2-1 Win
Jan. 26 vs Club America Liga MX 3-2 Win
Feb. 3 at Pumas Liga MX 1-1 Draw
Feb. 9 vs Lobos Liga MX 4-0 Win
Feb. 15 at Morelia Liga MX 3-2 Win
Feb. 20 at Alianza CCL 0-0 Draw
Feb. 23 vs Puebla Liga MX 0-0 Draw
Feb. 27 vs Alianza CCL 1-0 Win
March 2 at Chivas Liga MX 2-0 Win
March 6 vs Atlanta CCL 3-0 Win
March 9 vs Tigres Liga MX 1-1 Draw
March 13 at Atlanta CCL 1-0 Loss
March 16 at Tijuana Liga MX 1-0 Loss
March 30 vs Cruz Azul Liga MX  
April 2-4 vs Sporting KC CCL  
April 7 at Toluca Liga MX  
April 9-11 at Sporting KC CCL  
April 13 vs Santos Laguna Liga MX  
April 19 at Veracruz Liga MX  
April 27 vs Necaxa Liga MX  
May 3 at Atlas Liga MX  
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