With the opening week of the Clausura 2014 season underway in the Liga MX, several players had standout performances. Yet in my opinion, the player deserves the Week 1 honors as the best player in Liga MX play is Chivas winger Carlos Fierro.
The 19-year-old ended the Apertura 2013 season as one of the few Chivas players who played at an acceptable to above-average level in what was a tournament to forget. While he showed certain immaturity at times when it came to tactical aspects, he showed great promise and ability, and it was clear from the beginning of the preseason that he would be a key player in any starting 11 fielded by Jose Luis Real.
Against Santos last Friday night, Fierro was a constant threat from the right wing each time he was able to dribble or play with the ball in the final third. When given the chance, he either delivered a quality pass or had a shot on goal. It was his cross into the penalty area which Santos were unable to properly clear which led to Omar Bravo scoring the Chivas goal.
After that, Fierro established his role, consistently putting the defense on its back foot by running at it and doing so with effectiveness.
He nearly had a hand in what would have been Chivas’ second goal of the game as Aldo De Nigris failed to convert a well-delivered cross which would have seen Chivas go up and take all three points. Fierro symbolized the constant running, effort and tactical discipline which Chivas played with last Friday night; for that, he merits being named the Week 1 player of the week to start the Clausura 2014 season.