A weekly recap of how Mexican internationals fared over the weekend.
For most of Manchester United's season, Javier Hernández forged a reputation as a late-game goal-scorer who turned losses into ties and draws into wins.
On Sunday, Chicharito threw out that script and added something new to his repertoire – scoring early, 35 seconds into the match, to be exact – to spark the Red Devils to a 2-1 vital victory over arch-rival Chelsea and within a point of clinching the English Premier League crown in Manchester, England.
Hernández did not waste any time as passes from Ryan Giggs and Ji-sung Park sprung the Mexican striker on goal. As David Luiz stretched in vain to intercept the pass, Hernández finished past goalkeeper Petr Cech.
The goal was Chicharito’s 20th in his debut season in Europe.
“I want to win that medal badly, and also to lift the trophy,” Hernández told the United website. “It would be a perfect end to my first season here.”
United (22-4-10, 76 points) needs only a point in its final two matches to secure its 19th league crown and 12th in the Premiership.
ManU plays at Blackburn on Saturday before hosting Blackpool in its season finale on Sunday, May 22. Second-place Chelsea (21-8-7, 70) will need a miracle and a half to catch up to its foes.
Dos Santos connected twice in the first half for Racing Santander in its 3-2 triumph over relegation-threatened Hercules in La Liga on Saturday. The win allowed Racing (11-14-10, 33) to climb into 11th place, out of the demotion zone.
Dos Santos' 13th-minute header off a brilliant run lifted Racing into the lead. After Sendoa Agirre's tied it, dos Santos struck again late in the first half off a counterattack, chipping the ball over a surprised goalkeeper Juan Calatayud from atop the penalty area.
Up next for Racing Atlético is Madrid at home on Tuesday and Sporting Gijon away on Sunday.
Guardado, a midfielder, set up Adrian's goal in the 39th minute of Deportivo Coruña's 2-2 away tie at Sporting Gijon in La Liga on Saturday.
Valeron passed to Guardado, who sent a hard pass to Adrian, which led to a score. A tiring Guardado was replaced by Pablo Alvarez in the 89th minute. Deportivo, which is trying to stay out of the relegation zone, hosts Atheltic Bilboa on Tuesday and visits Barcelona on Sunday.
Jonathan dos Santos
Giovani's brother played the full 90 minutes of Barcelona B's 2-1 comeback win over Albacete in the Spanish Second Division on Saturday, but did not figure in the scoring. Barca travels to Ponferradina on Wednesday.
Vela replaced Jerome Thomas in the 83rd minute of West Bromwich Albion's 3-1 EPL defeat at Wolverhampton Wolves on Sunday. WBA hosts Everton on Saturday.
Juárez sat the bench for Celtic FC's 2-0 victory over Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League on Sunday. Celtic, which cut Rangers' lead to a point with two matches remaining, will play at Heart of Midlothian on Wednesday and host Motherwell on Sunday.
Salcido and Fulham take on Liverpool on Monday. After that, Fulham plays at Birmingham City on Sunday.
Barrera did not dress for West Ham United for its 1-1 EPL home draw with Stoke City. West Ham, which is in last and 20th place, faces a must-win situation at Wigan Athletic on Sunday if it wants to remain in the top flight.
Héctor Moreno, Francisco Javier Rodríguez
Both players' respective Dutch First Division teams, PSV Eindhoven (Rodríguez) and Alkmaar Zaanstreek (Moreno), did not play. Both clubs will play in their season finales on Sunday, PSV at FC Groningen and AZ at Utrecht.
The Mexican National Team captain and central defender played the entire match of the New York Red Bulls' 1-1 tie with the LA Galaxy in a confrontation between the conference leaders in Major League Soccer.
“It was a very intense game and they applied pressure on us," Márquez said . "Maybe we didn’t play our best game but we had a lot of chances to score. But I think it was a fair result."
The Red Bulls next play an exhibition match Wednesday at the Montreal Impact (North American Soccer League), which will join MLS next season, before returning home to host Chivas USA at Red Bull Arena on Sunday.
Mariano Trujillo, Francisco Mendoza
Trujillo replaced forward Alejandro Moreno in the 72nd minute of Chivas USA's 1-0 loss at Real Salt Lake on Saturday. Midfielder Francisco Mendoza did not get off the bench.
Chivas plays at the Red Bulls on Sunday.
Sporting Kansas City, which did not play last week, hopes that the forward will be healthy enough from his sports hernia surgery to play at the Los Angeles Galaxy on on Saturday.
Carlos de los Cobos
The Chicago Fire still can't get on track under de los Cobos. The Fire (1-3-4, seven points), which is in eighth place in the MLS Eastern Conference, played the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps FC to a scoreless home draw on Saturday night. Chicago visits Toronto FC on Saturday.
Mexico's 2010 World Cup coach saw his Real Zaragoza side drop a 3-1 decision at home to Osasuna. Real (10-16-9, 39), which is in 17th place out of 20 teams with three games remaining. The team plays at Real Sociedad on Wednesday before it hosts Espanyol on Sunday.