Club Tijuana snapped a streak of 11 matches without a win by topping Atlas at Estadio Caliente on Friday.
Dayro Moreno scored both goals of the 2-0 triumph as the Xolos closed out the Liga MX season with a glimmer of hope that they might not finish last place in the league. The victory pushes Tijuana to 16 points on the year, while Dorados sit a point behind and Santos is another point behind them though both could jump Tijuana with results this weekend.
Moreno had a strong shout for a penalty in the first half, after controlling a ball with his chest and being taken down in the area, but nothing was given. He also chased down a rebound coughed up by Atlas goalkeeper Miguel Pinto after a Juan Arango free kick but was unable to beat the Chilean.
The Colombian did get on the mark in the second half, scoring in the 52nd minute when Henry Martín turned his back to goal in the box and was able to set up Moreno for a shot from 18 yards out .
And just two minutes later the same combination worked out again, with Martín this time using his chest to send the ball toward Moreno in the same area. Moreno controlled the ball, pulled it back and lashed a right-footed effort past Pinto to take the score to 2-0 and take his goal tally on the year to 10 – eight more than any other Xolo player.
San Diego native Alejandro Guido started and played 90 minutes in the match, the last that U-20 coach and interim manager Raul Chabrand will oversee before former Mexico national team boss Miguel Herrera arrives to take over. San Diego native Paul Arriola came on as a substitute, as did Michael Orozco, who hails from Orange County.
The result provides a bit of hope that Herrera has enough to work with to turn the club around, with Tijuana now beginning the offseason while other teams continue on into the Liguilla, the eight-team playoff that determines the Liga MX champion.