Miguel Ibarra is finding a home in Copa MX. The United States international scored in the competition again on Tuesday, giving him two goals in his last two Copa MX matches (at 1:57).
Ibarra's goal was the opening tally in Leon's 3-1 win over Correcaminos. The result has them sitting atop Group 2.
Neither of Ibarra's goals have been spectacular, with him getting in on goal and coolly slotting home shots on both occasions, but they have been clinical. Some might chalk it up to playing against lower division teams, with both opponents coming from Ascenso MX, but he is getting the job done regardless.
It will be interesting to see how Ibarra's goals in Copa MX affect his place in the team from Liga MX. He's made some substitute appearances in league play, but has yet to crack the starting XI or even earn a lengthy run out off the bench. It's still his first few months at the club so he's doing just fine, getting enough playing time and playing well enough, but he didn't jump to Liga MX to be a cup specialist. Hopefully this becomes a launching pad for a bigger role at the club, and thus far he's doing what's necessary to make that so.
In the meantime, Jurgen Klinsmann has to be happy with what he's seeing and the progress Ibarra is making. A call-up to the September friendlies may be in the cards and a place in the team for the Confederations Cup playoffs and World Cup qualifying is definitely a possibility considering his form.