FC Juarez Continues to Flirt With Playoff Birth
Bravos de FC Juarez will look to take a vital step tonight in the next to last game of the regular season in order to secure a spot in the playoffs when they face Queretaro at home. With a win tonight against what is the next to last place team in Queretaro, the Bravos can move back into the playoff zone. FC Juarez can move up to as high as 11th place in the standings depending on the result of the Necaxa-Toluca match that will also take place tonight, 2 hours before the Juarez match kicks off.
The Bravos come into tonight’s match on the slightest of upward trends as last Saturday night they were able to pull off a 1-1 draw against Tigres on the road in San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon, a municipality just outside of the city of Monterrey.
FC Juarez went toe-to-toe against the best team in the last decade which at the time of last week’s match found itself in 3rd place. The Bravos did not look like the team that their record indicates, at times dominating possession and being significantly more proactive in their attempt to obtain the victory over Tigres.
Head coach, Gabriel Caballero, will undoubtedly look for a repeat performance tonight as many assume he is on the hot seat. After all, the Bravos have not won a match since September 11th when they defeated Puebla 1-0. Since then, the team from the Borderland has lost 3 matches and had 2 draws. Their overall record for the season is that of 3 wins, 6 losses and 6 draws.
A win tonight will give the Bravos control of their own destiny going into the last match of the season, which will be another home match. Anything less than a win and FC Juarez will have to win and depend on other results next weekend to secure their first playoff appearance in first division.
Tonight’s match is scheduled to kickoff at 930pm at Benito Juarez Olympic Stadium. It will be broadcast nationally on TUDN DirecTV channel 464/Spectrum channel 444.