Oribe Peralta at the double for America while Christian Gimenez downs Pumas
After scoring just once in four matches, America striker Oribe Peralta responded by scoring twice in his side's 3-0 win against Morelia over the weekend. Peralta's two goals put him at the No.1 spot in this week's list of the Top 10 Liga MX players ...
1. Oribe Peralta (America)
It took just two minutes for Peralta to net a double for America. With a brace in hand, the 31-year-old veteran solidified the 3-0 victory for Las Aguilas over Morelia on Saturday night. Peralta now has six goals scored so far in the Apertura.
2. Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca)
It's no surprise that Gutierrez has recently been called-up to El Tri's Olympic Qualifying roster. On Saturday night, the 20-year-old midfielder provided the assist to Hirving Lozano for the first goal against Dorados and then later scored Pachuca's game-winning second goal in the 2-1 victory.
3. Christian Gimenez (Cruz Azul)
While the weekend was filled with multiple highlight-worthy goals, Cruz Azul's Christian Gimenez quietly slipped into this week's list with two penalties in the 2-1 win over Pumas. With two goals for his side, the Argentine-born midfielder helped La Maquina to their first win since Aug. 8.
4. Jorge Villalpando (Chiapas)
Goalkeeper Villalpando was a wall in the net for Chiapas. The 30-year-old had a total of nine saves against Toluca on Sunday and nearly secured a vital three points if it weren't for his teammate, Luis Rodriguez. Although Villalpando shutout Toluca's players, he couldn't do much to stop Rodriguez's own-goal which led to a 1-1 final result.
5. Carlos Fierro (Chivas)
The best player during Chivas' 2-1 win over Queretaro on Sunday night. Fierro was a constant threat down on the right flank, helped create the first goal of the evening and provided an assist for the second. Los Rojiblancos still look vulnerable, though, and could use more consistent performances from the youngster.
6. Gonzalo Bergessio (Atlas)
It has taken nearly two months, but Argentine striker Bergessio has finally scored for Atlas. The 31-year-old provided an assist for the first goal of the game and then scored the second in Friday night's 2-0 victory over Santos Laguna.
7. Omar Bravo (Chivas)
Goal or not, Bravo had an influence in Chivas' first scoring opportunity on Sunday. Fierro's well-timed cross seemed to be tapped into the net by Bravo, but replays appeared to indicate an own-goal from Queretaro's Victor Milke. The striker later responded with a goal of his own on 56 minutes.
8. Carlos Pena (Leon)
Will Pena get some much-needed game time for Mexico next month against the United States? The midfielder is in excellent form this Apertura and was arguably the man of the match in Leon's 2-1 win over Club Tijuana on Saturday. Pena now has six goals for Leon this season.
9. Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres)
The leader in Tigres' attack. French striker Gignac was a headache for Monterrey's defense on Saturday and scored Tigres' second goal during the significant 3-1 win in the Clasico Regiomontano. Expect many more goals from the ex-Marseille player.
10. Jose Rivas (Tigres)
Great with his distribution of the ball and even better with his late goal that gave Tigres a 3-1 win over Monterrey. It's no surprise that Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti has included the 30-year-old in the Mexico preliminary roster for next month's match. The central defender was a key player in the Clasico.
Cesar Hernandez covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @cesarhfutbol.