Liga MX Preview: 5 things to watch for in Week 16

Posted by Cesar Hernandez

Hector Vivas/Getty ImagesRicardo La Volpe appears to have energized Chivas.

I know, the Liga MX has at times been ... boring this Clasura. There have even been moments when I considered switching over to an MLS game in order to avoid another 0-0 or 1-1 match. Welp, might as well watch the Chivas USA vs. Portland game. Do I even know more than two or three players from the Chivas USA squad?

It has all been a bit underwhelming. Chivas, for example, have only scored 13 goals in 15 games but are sitting at a playoff spot in eighth place. Santos have only won six games but are in third place! Continue Reading...

For the time being, Corona is left without a crown

Posted by Rafael Ramos Villagrana

Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty ImagesCruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona received a three-match suspension from CONCACAF.

LOS ANGELES – Jesus Corona could be left without a crown. Cruz Azul's goalkeeper received a three-game suspension. He will have to sit out the two legs of CONCACAF Champions League Final, and the first game of the Club World Cup, if "La Maquina" can beat Toluca.

CONCACAF's verdict explains that "the additional suspension (two games) was imposed as a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, specifically in the use of provocative language and gestures used for the purpose of inciting an opponent. Continue Reading...

The man who forgot the value of Atlante

Posted by Vito García / ESPN.com Mexico

Omar Rivas/Clasos.com/Getty ImagesAlejandro Burrillo Azcarraga's Atlante will play in Mexico's Ascenso MX next season.

MEXICO CITY -- The "Tigre" dynasty runs in his blood. A successful Mexican businessman who once had control of the Grupo Televisa Football Board, dressed the Mexican national team with its brand -- Aba Sport -- during a World Cup qualifying campaign, and headed the "rescue" of the Mexican national team before the 2002 World Cup. Today, Alejandro Burillo Azcarraga has lost some of his longstanding presence in the sport -- he's still a successful businessman, but his precious and cherished Atlante has said its goodbyes to Liga MX. Continue Reading...

Mexicans Abroad: Injuries taking a toll

Posted by Andrea Canales

Pascal Pochard-Casabianca/AFP/Getty ImagesGuillermo Ochoa made several big saves to keep Ajaccio's Ligue 1 survival hopes alive.

Javier Hernandez, Manchester United: Hernandez had a cameo appearance in Manchester United's 3-1 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich. While he didn't embarrass himself, neither did he look like a game-changer at any point for the English club. Manchester United remains seventh in the Premier League table.

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Carlos Vela, Real Sociedad: Though he didn't score against Celta Vigo, Vela played a key part, as he suffered a tackle that earned Jon Aurtenetxe a red card. Continue Reading...

Cruz Azul, Toluca set for CONCACAF Champions League final

Posted by Cesar Hernandez

AP Photo, Getty ImagesLuis Fernando Tena's Cruz Azul squares off against Jose Cardozo's Toluca in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final on Tuesday night.

I know, it's easy to brush off the CONCACAF Champions League. Even saying it feels a bit weird, doesn't it? The "CONCACAF" name awkwardly intertwined with "Champions League." I still sometimes think of the tournament as the "CONCACAF Champions Cup."

Either way, as the rest of the world prepares themselves for the Barcelona-Real Madrid Copa del Rey final on Wednesday, Cruz Azul and Toluca will be battling on Tuesday night through their first of two opportunities for a coveted spot as the top team in North America and a position in the FIFA Club World Cup; where they might actually see Real Madrid in a semifinal match. Continue Reading...

El Tri Hot List: Negative balance for national team

Posted by Tom Marshall

AllsportMiguel Layun's second minute goal was enough to hand Club America all three points in Puebla.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Less than two months remain until the World Cup gets underway, and Mexico coach Miguel Herrera won't want too many weeks like the one that has just passed, as he will soon name the El Tri squad that travels to Brazil in June.

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There simply weren't many positive performances from Mexico's key players. This was not helped by the fact that the European-based legion didn't get much playing time over the weekend. Continue Reading...

Cruz Azul fights back to share the spoils with Pachuca

Posted by Ricardo Cariño

RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer Philadelphia Union man Michael Farfan helped earn Cruz Azul a draw with Pachuca.

MEXICO CITY -- Pachuca wasted a two-goal lead and was held to a draw by a Cruz Azul second-string team. The Liga MX leaders responded in the final stretch of the game and came back to deny Enrique Meza's men the three points, which would have helped Pachuca take a major step toward a place in the playoffs.

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Enner Valencia put his team ahead on 57 minutes when he pounced on an error from Horacio Cervantes and Guillermo Allison before running through on goal to open the scoring. Continue Reading...

Liga MX Round-Up: Relegation befalls Atlante

Posted by Andrea Canales

Natalia Perales/LatinContent/Getty ImagesNatalia Perales/LatinContent/Getty ImagesCancun side Atlante has been relegated from Liga MX following Sunday's 4-3 loss at Santos.

Only a week after Cruz Azul became the first Liga MX team to clinch a spot in the liguilla, the mystery of which team would go the opposite direction and end up relegated has been virtually settled. Atlante fought hard to avoid the drop, and the result was a roller-coaster match versus Santos Laguna that produced seven goals. Sadly for Potros fans, three goals left them on the losing end. With zero points earned right when every point possible was needed, Atlante's last gasp of hope has expired. Continue Reading...

Jesus Corona and the eternal struggle

Posted by David Faitelson

AP Photo/Christian PalmaCruz Azul keeper Jesus Corona is in the running to be Mexico's No. 1 in Brazil.

All of the calm that Cruz Azul's Jesus Corona offers between the posts becomes a mass of jumbled and dangerous passions when nature overcomes the footballer.

If we are talking about his place on the field, high reflexes, positioning, location, control on the ball, he is the best in Mexico and seems closest to the starting role for the national team in the upcoming World Cup.

They provoked him. They came after him. First, it was Club Tijuana captain Javier Gandolfi who crashed into him and received the attempted elbow in exchange. Continue Reading...

Mexico already playing an internal World Cup

Posted by David Faitelson

Omar Torres/Getty ImagesMexico head coach Miguel Herrera has only two months before his team take the field against Cameroon at the World Cup.

Former El Tri great and ex-coach Hugo Sanchez says we have to "keep our fingers crossed, wait and see." Mexico coach Miguel Herrera says that picking the 23 players for the final squad will be very challenging. Among the disingenuous opinions, the contradictory messages, and the hopelessness, not to mention the gloomy delusions of some, Mexican soccer finds itself already competing in its own internal version of the World Cup.

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The grim reality is that there are very few days left before the whistle blows for the kickoff in Brazil. Continue Reading...

Matosas' farewell -- threat or reality?

Posted by Rafael Ramos Villagrana

Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty ImagesGustavo Matosas led Leon to the 2013 Torneo Apertura title in Mexico's Liga MX.

LOS ANGELES -- Gustavo Matosas must have left Leon gobsmacked, and Coapa and El Barrial jumping for joy. The Argentine-born coach, educated in Mexico, and Uruguayan by choice, has announced that his time at Leon is coming to an end.

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He claims he is missing something; his team's performance on the pitch no longer satisfies him. He wants to improve the team. He believes, "I am not doing my job."

There are many speculations as to why he feels this way about his squad, though Matosas leaves each to draw their own conclusions:

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Among the emotion and the mediocrity

Posted by David Faitelson

Juan Fernandez/LatinContent/Getty ImagesCity rivals Monterrey and Tigres are just two of the many teams mired in the middle of the table in Liga MX.

LOS ANGELES -- We throw up our hands in horror, sob uncontrollably and make a lot of fuss regarding the current situation that Chivas finds itself in. Yet it turns out that when we analyze the league table, we discover that they have just as many points and the same probability of qualifying for the playoffs as do America, Leon or Tigres.

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The gullible and the easily deceived among us would say that with three game weeks left before the final, the Mexican league is more even, emotional and closer than ever. Continue Reading...