Back in Week 1 when I was determining who was the Liga MX Clausura 2014 Player of the Week for the opening week, one of the players whom I had under consideration for winning the award was Club América forward Luis Gabriel Rey, who in the 3-0 over Tigres UANL, had a goal and an assist. After a disappointing close to his Apertura 2013 season, Rey has gotten his Clausura off to a fine start.
On Saturday night, Rey was the catalyst in helping América turn a 1-0 halftime deficit into a 2-1 win on the road over relegation threatened Atlas, as it was Rey who scored both goals in what was a dominating second half for the team coached by Antonio Mohamed. Just as impressive for Rey was the caliber of the goals he scored, as each of the goals were taken by a player who is without a doubt playing with confidence.
During the 57th minute of the game, América attacking midfielder Rubens Sambueza made a run down the left side and delivered a crossing pass which was well headed by Rey for the equalizing goal. Even with the quality pass, Rey found himself in a position where he still needed to demonstrate good balance and smart timing to properly head the cross in for a goal. Then, in the 81st minute of play, Sambueza was once again provider to a Rey goal as his simple pass to Rey, who was out left at the top of the penalty box, hit a well kicked three toe shot that the goalkeeper had no chance to stopping and giving América a well earned win.
Rey’s goals were just the end result of what was a well played and dominating América effort in the second half of a well played game. Given that fellow strike partner Raul Jimenez was out injured, Rey was asked to lead the charge as the lone striker and he responded with two goals in addition to doing a good job of linking up with his attacking midfielders. For that, Luis Gabriel Rey has rightfully earned the Week 4 Player of the Week award.