It’s a dismal tournament for Pumas, that’s certain. The club sits near the bottom of the table heading into the final game of the Clausura and will face the worst team in the league, Puebla, on Sunday. Based on their last three games, all multi-goal losses, anything can happen.
Nicolas Castillo, however, has been the one bright spot for Pumas during the last five months. This weekend he has his sights set on the Liga MX goal scoring title.
Castillo has eight goals during the season and is tied with four other players for the league’s top spot. Aviles Hurtado (Xolos), Gustavo Alustiza (Atlas), Oribe Peralta (America), and Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia) are the other four players.
The interesting thing about Castillo, or the thing that sets him apart, is he has scored his eight goals in only 850 minutes, significanly less than the others. Castillo scores at a rate of a goal every 106 minutes, while Alustiza is closest at 140 minutes per goal.
Castillo has played in 10 total games, starting nine of them. He’s missed time due to suspension and injuries, but each time he’s on the field, he’s the biggest threat and has scored some fantastic goals during the season.
Sunday could either go terribly wrong as the last three games have gone, or it could be a statement game not only for Pumas to end the tournament on the right foot, but if Pumas do dominate the match, odds are Castillo will be a big part of it.
All eight goals Castillo has scored have come at home in Estadio Olimpico Universitario. He’s scored in a total of five games, earning a brace with two goals in three separate matches.
If Castillo does earn the goal scoring title, it’ll be just a glimmer of light on dark tournament filled with disappointment. His stock will rise as he’s often rumored to have a short career in Mexico before European interst scoops him up, but it will be nice to know in the Apertura there is such a talent up front as the front office will try to stop the bleeding in the offseason.