Last week, in selecting my player of the week for the opening week of play in Liga MX Clausura 2014 play, I selected Chivas winger Carlos Fierro. Given aside that his pass led to Chivas’ goal in a 1-1 draw against Santos Laguna, he proved to be a constant threat down the right side of the Chivas attack. I selected him over Leon midfielder Carlos Peña, who currently is the best Mexican player in the league and scored two goals in the opening weekend of play.
In picking my player of the week for Week 2 action, I could waste column space in trying to drum up an argument for Cruz Azul forward Jerome Amione, who came in and proved to be the necessary catalyst in Cruz Azul, beating Santos Laguna 2-1, but I won’t do so because it is clear that Carlos ‘Gullit’ Peña is the clear cut player of the week. It’s not the fact that he scored two goals (again) and had a hand in the third goal, as Leon beat Atlas 3-1. He deserves the recognition this week for how well he took those goals and how much of a hand he had on that third goal.
In his first goal of the game, Peña showed an awareness and touch on the goal. If it were scored by someone named Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, video of the goal would be circulating and played non-stop on a number of shows. On that first goal, Peña took the ball from his midfield position, made a run to the goal and upon noticing Atlas goalkeeper Federico Vilar was off his line and up at the six yard box line, Peña chipped his shot over Vilar and into the back of the net for a golazo.
As if that goal was not spectacular enough, Peña would follow it up with another one, which showed his great attacking skill. On his second goal, Peña beat an offside trap and upon collecting a well threaded pass, found himself in open space. Instead of rushing and shooting right away like many would, Peña maintained his cool, went around Vilar and tapped home his second goal.
Finally, on Leon’s third goal, which was scored by Luis Montes from a well taken free kick about 22-23 yards out, it was a foul on Peña that set up the free kick. Peña, once again, collected a pass in the midfield area and found himself making a run towards the goal with the potential of converting a hat trick.
On Saturday night, Peña showed why he is almost a virtual lock to be acquired by a European team come this summer. He showed why I have dubbed him the Mexican Frank Lampard and he showed why he was the player of the week for Liga MX Clausura Week 2 play.