Several Mexicans Abroad wage weekly battles to carve out a regular starting berth. Not Guillermo Ochoa. The former Mexico number one continues to establish his credentials as a starting goalkeeper in Europe as he racks up appearances for French side AC Ajaccio. Don't expect that calculus to change any time soon. Ochoa will continue to play a critical role as Ajaccio battles against relegation and tries to secure its top-flight future over the next several months. Ochoa's continued place in the Ajaccio side punctuated another eventful weekend for Mexicans Abroad. Read on to find out how Chicharito continued his torrid spell of form and where Javier Aguirre will likely continue his coaching career.
Guillermo Ochoa, GK, Ajaccio
Ajaccio claimed a third consecutive away result with a 1-1 draw at bottom club AS Nancy on Saturday. Ochoa made three saves – including a pair of second-half stops to preserve a one-goal deficit – to pave the way for Adrian Mutu's equalizer with a quarter of an hour to play. Ajaccio remains one point clear of the relegation zone with 15 points from 14 games.
Javier Hernandez, F, Manchester United
The in-form super-sub contributed yet another goal off the bench in United's 3-1 home victory over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. Hernández replaced Paul Scholes after 59 minutes and put the result beyond doubt in the 68th minute to complete the comeback after Jamie Mackie had opened teh scoring for the Londoners. Hernández has now scored five goals in nine Premier League appearances this season.
Giovani dos Santos, M/F, Mallorca
The mercurial playmaker shrugged off the questions about his fitness to play 66 minutes in the 2-0 defeat at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Dos Santos watched Emilio Nsue head his corner kick wide in the first half, but he ultimately trudged off during the second stanza without producing the moment of inspiration required to break the deadlock. Leo and Andrija Delibasic scored for Vallecano in the late stages to hand Mallorca a seventh league defeat in its past eight matches.
Carlos Vela, M, Real Sociedad
Sociedad extended its unbeaten run in league play to three matches with a frustrating 0-0 home draw against Osasuna on Friday. Vela forced a fine save from Osasuna goalkeeper Andrés Fernández shortly after halftime as Sociedad searched for a third straight win. The breakthrough never arrived and Vela and his teammates settled for a share of the spoils at the final whistle.
Francisco Rodriguez, D, Stuttgart
Stuttgart failed to carry the momentum from a 5-1 win at Steaua Bucharest in Europa League action on Thursday through Sunday's 3-0 defeat at SC Freiburg. Rodriguez played all 90 minutes in central defense as Freiburg used goals from Jan Rosenthal, Pavel Krmas and Max Kruse to obtain a comprehensive derby victory. Stuttgart now sits 12th in the Bundesliga table with 16 points from 13 games.
Javier Aguirre, manager
The former Mexico boss is expected to return to management with Espanyol in the next couple of days, according to a report from Marca. Aguirre previously managed Atlético Madrid, Osasuna and Real Zaragoza in La Liga and recently flirted with a move to Universidad de Chile. He will count El Tri regular Héctor Moreno among his potential lynchpins as he tries to improve upon Mauricio Pochettino's reign and steer Espanyol clear of relegation danger.