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Paid Their Dues: Michael Farfan's Cruz Azul Debut

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Former Union midfielder comes on late for Cruz Azul, salvages tie for Los Cementaros.

Ex- Union Player Michael Farfan Makes Debut For Cruz Azul
Ex- Union Player Michael Farfan Makes Debut For Cruz Azul
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Ex-Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Farfan had a dream Liga MX debut on Saturday, coming on for Sergio Saucedo in the 79th minute and scoring the game-tying goal against Pachuca in stoppage time. Pachuca took a 2-0 lead in the 65th minute on a brace from Ecuadoran Enner Valencia. Cruz Azul got one back when Pachuca's Miguel Herrera fouled Achille Emana in the box. Christian "Chaco" Gimenez took the penalty, and while Pachuca goalkeeper Oscar Perez made the initial save, El Conejo was unable to control the rebound which Gimenez easily put home. Farfan came on and seized his opportunity, first making some good passes and interceptions. Then in stoppage time, Conejo Perez made another save on a shot by Chaco Gimenez, and the rebound fell right to Farfan's feet, and he didn't miss.

It should be noted that Cruz Azul manager Luis Tena was playing a second-string team due to the upcoming CONCACAF Champions League match against Toluca on Wednesday, but I believe Mike made a good case for himself being in the regular match day 18.