Edgar Castillo (pictured) and Monterrey will look for their first win of the Liga MX Apertura season, when it hosts Cruz Azul on July 30, 2016. (Photo: Mexsport)
MONTERREY, Mexico – After a 1-0 loss to Guadalajara on Saturday, Monterrey has one point through two rounds of play in the 2016 Liga MX Apertura.
It was not the start that the Rayados had envisioned following a runner-up finish the previous season, one that began with three consecutive wins.
They return to action Saturday against visiting Cruz Azul, which has launched with a pair of scoreless draws. Then, on August 3, their 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League campaign kicks off with a Group D encounter at Haiti’s Don Bosco.
Monterrey defender Edgar Castillo believes that there is no reason to panic.
“We know we have a good squad,” said the United States international. “We are going to make a push and it will be this Saturday against a good team like Cruz Azul and we will look to grab the three points.
“The mindset is good, we are going to keep on working. We know that the first matches were not the results we wanted, but we are going to continue working knowing that the good results will come.”
Monterrey’s only goal thus far came in the ninth minute of a season-opening draw with Puebla. Nearly three hours have passed without the ball hitting the back of the net again. For that trend to change, the three-time CONCACAF champion will have to find a way to score against a side that has yet to concede.
“We have lacked converting the chances we have had,” Castillo finished. “You have to keep working and know that the results are going to come.”