Why are the Jaguares of Chiapas so terrible?
This team looks like a winning team. They don't appear to be lacking in any particular position. They are a bright and shiny (ignoring, of course, the stink of losing) new club with a decent stadium. Home for the Jags is Tuxtla Gutierrez, which is apparently a pretty nice city with low crime. Yet, they've been consistently awful to mediocre since their inception. I can't speak to their history, but what I'm looking at now confuses me.
Placing their players in a bubble, many demonstrate skill that should put them in the upper echelons of Primera Division talent. Their three Colombian forwards, Luis Gabriel Rey, Franco Arizala, and Jackson Martinez, are all a little frightening. Jackson has the sheer size to intimidate most. Rey's the experienced man with solid all-around skills. Arizala, the clear goal-scorer, combines the great finishing ability with the breakaway speed. With this formidable frontline, Chiapas has managed to net 8 goals thus far. While, 8 goals in 6 games isn't embarrassing, it's not locking down wins for the team.
Jorge Rodriguez and David Andrade play with great energy and relentlessness in the midfield. Andrade is the type of scary wing player who can be a real difference maker.
While no one in the back jumps out at me as super impressive, they're also aren't any Ponce's among the bunch. Wish I could pinpoint a scapegoat here, but there doesn't appear to be one here.
Generally, when a team plays like they just met each other the night before, you look at the manager. Jose G. Cruz has a decent managerial pedigree in the league, but in his two years with Chiapas little has gone right. I don't know if seats get hot in Chiapas, but we may find out before long.
Tonight, Jaguares played as if they hated their teammates once again. Arizala did score the opening goal of the game for Chiapas in the 67th minute, when the Toluca goalkeeper lost his mind (see clip below). Predictably, they conceded the equalizer four minutes later. Another draw for Jaguares. With the performance that they put out tonight, they should be pleased to get the point.