FC Juarez opened the 2020 Apertura season of Liga MX with a 1-1 draw on the road against Atletico San Luis Monday night. The Bravos settled in after falling behind in the score after only 9 minutes of play to dominate in a rather impressive fashion for the remaining 80-plus minutes. A draw on the road is always good in soccer especially to start the season, but the Bravos performance was something that was deserving of the 3 points.

A defensive whiff and bad bounce in the 9th minute allowed German Berterame to kick the ball at point blank range past Juarez goalkeeper Ivan Vazquez Mellado for the hosting side. San Luis was not able to build any moment after the opening score. Quite the opposite, the visiting Bravos would settle in and with every passing minute started to execute their style of play imposing their will on the home team.

The Bravos would get the equalizer at a point in the match where their performance was peaking. New acquisition, forward Eryc Castillo, came on in the 64th minute and made his presence felt and was an instant factor. Seven minutes later he would attack down the left flank, send a pass that would find fellow forward Brian Rubio who would put the ball in the back of the net with a left footed strike.

FC Juarez.
FC Juarez.

For the remaining 20 minutes of the match Bravos was closer to scoring the game winner than was San Luis but it was not to be.

The point acquired as the result of the draw places the Bravos in 8th place in the standings table. Up next for the Bravos, they will go from a team whose number they have had in recent history in San Luis, to an organization that has owned all Juarez soccer teams in Necaxa. The team from the Borderland will have is home opener on Friday when they host Necaxa at 830pm MST. Necaxa lost their season opener to Tigres 3-0 and are currently in last place in the standings table.

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