FC Juarez will be looking to stop the downward spiral it is currently in when it squares off against Tigres tonight. The first half of the 2024 clausura season has been an absolute nightmare for the Bravos who have yet to win a match this season and find themselves in last place in the general standings table obtaining only 2 points thus far this season.

As the halfway point in the season approaches the team from the Borderland is in desperate need for any signs of life if there is to be any semblance of salvaging something, anything this season.

The Bravos will face Tigres coming off of a 3-0 loss to Rayados de Monterrey at home this past Friday. That match against Monterrey and the night was dedicated to the memory of Diego “Puma” Chavez, the Bravos forward who tragically lost his life in a car accident in the early morning of February 14th. Unfortunately it turned sour in the span of 20 minutes in which Juarez allowed three goals in the second half, extending their negative in which they have won only one match in their last 17.

The last time FC Juarez won a match was in October.

The only positive thing that came out of the match last Friday was the classy move by the Bravos ownership group (comprising MountainStar Sports Group) in which they donated all of the revenue from ticket sales to the Chavez family.

Things will not get any easier for Bravos tonight who will head into San Nicolas de los Garza (a municipality just outside of Monterrey) to face a Tigres team who has not lost at home in 20 matches. In the nine times these two clubs have faced each other in league matches Tigres has won six times, with the match ending in a draw three times. The Bravos have not obtained a win against Tigres.

The match against Tigres will be the second match for Bravos’ new head coach/technical director Mauricio Barbieri who is the man who will be responsible for creating a turnaround for the team from the Borderland. Against Monterrey, last Friday, there little to be said for the performance put on by his team. There was no new kind of spark, it remains to be seen if that will change in the match against Tigres.

As for the mindset of the players, forward Aitor Garcia spoke to Fox Deportes, the Bravos’s broadcast partner on Monday. Garcia was direct in his comments, “Mentally we have to be united, we (the players) are going to be the one that have to overcome this and no one else. Talking about what we need to do to overcome this is pointless. Words don’t matter, actions do.”

Wednesday night’s match against Tigres is scheduled for a 6 p.m. MST kickoff. It will be televised nationally on TUDN.

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