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Liga MX in the CONCACAF Champions League: Where to Watch

concacaf championsThe group stage of the 2014-2015 CONCACAF Champions League is wrapping up this week, and all four of Mexico’s entrants will be in action.

Pachuca has already booked their spot in the knockout rounds and will finish out the group stage against already-eliminated Real España on Wednesday night. León also has nothing to play for, but for the opposite reason: La Fiera has already been eliminated. They’ll host also-eliminated Isidro Metapán on Thursday night.

The two Liga MX teams with something to play for both play on Tuesday night. First, América will host Comunicaciones, with both teams looking to win Group 8 and earn a spot in the knockout rounds. The two are tied on 7 points; if América wins, they advance; if they lose, they’re out. If they draw, the teams will need to be separated by tiebreakers, with a 0-0 or 1-1 draw favoring América and a draw with 2 goals or more favoring Comunicaciones.

Then, Cruz Azul will be playing Alajuelense for first place in Group 7, with La Máquina needing an away win to advance. The Costa Ricans currently top the group with 5 points, while Cruz Azul is in second with 4.

Tuesday, October 21
Club América (MEX) vs Comunicaciones FC (GUA) – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (CRC) vs Cruz Azul FC (MEX) – 10:00 PM – Galavision

Wednesday, October 22
Real Club Deportivo España (HON) vs Pachuca (MEX) – 10:00 PM -

Thursday, October 23
Club León (MEX) vs AD Isidro Metapán (SLV) – 8:00 PM – Galavision

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Copa MX Quaterfinals: Where to Watch

copa mx logoThe group stage is over, and the eight quarterfinalists (six from Liga MX, two from the Liga de Ascenso) have been seeded and paired up. The quarterfinals are single-elimination and the complete schedule is below; all times are Eastern, home teams are listed first.

Tuesday, October 21
Mérida (1) vs Lobos BUAP (8) – 8:00 PM – ESPN Deportes
Santos Laguna (3) vs Chivas de Guadalajara (6) – 10:00 PM – ESPN Deportes / Univision Deportes

Wednesday, October 22
Atlas (4) vs Puebla (5) – 8:00 PM – ESPN Deportes / Galavision
Tigres UANL (2) vs Toluca (7) – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes

Monarcas Morelia Names New Sporting Vice President

morelia logoLiga MX regulations prohibit coaches from taking charge of more than one team during a season, but there’s no such restriction on sporting directors and the like, and Mario Trejo has become the third one to change teams during the Apertura 2014.

After his departure from Pumas UNAM on August 14th, where he was the Sporting Vice President, Trejo has been hired by Monarcas Morelia in the same role. Earlier this season, Mariano Varela moved from Querétaro to Chivas while Antonio Sacho took over from Trejo at Pumas after negotiations with Tigres UANL to release him.

All three of those teams – Morelia, Chivas, and Pumas – have been struggling this season. Morelia is in last place with just one win; Chivas is in 17th place and deeply involved in a relegation fight; and Pumas is in 11th and hasn’t won at home since April.

Week 13 Disciplinary Report

disciplinary reportThe Disciplinary Committee has suspended six players and two assistant coaches in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 13 games.

Marcelo Alatarre of Leones Negros, Bruno Pereira Pires of Jaguares de Chiapas and Josecarlos Van Rankin of Pumas UNAM have all been given a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation, after they each picked up their 5th card of the season this weekend.

Andrés Renteria of Santos Laguna and Francisco “Maza” Rodríguez of Cruz Azul both earned a one-game suspension for picking up two yellow cards in a single game, while the he last player suspended, Cruz Azul’s Joao Rojas, will be sidelined for two games for insulting the match officials in La Máquina’s loss to Tigres UANL.

Cruz Azul also had their assistant coach suspended, with Luis Carlos de Oliveira picking up a one-match ban for protesting the referee crew’s decisions, the same as Querétaro’s assistant coach Luis Enrique Flores.

In addition, an investigation has been opened into Atlas’s coach, Tomás Boy, who allegedly had a run-in with a fan at the end of Atlas’s loss to Toluca this past Saturday. Boy was serving a one-game suspension during the game, and as a result, he was seated in the stands rather on the sidelines.

Liga MX Week 13 Statistics

standings and statisticsAmérica became the first team to lock up a spot in the Apertura 2014 Liguilla (playoffs) with their 2-0 win against Monterrey on Saturday night. The Águilas are top of the table with 29 points and are guaranteed a top-8 finish. At the other end of the table, Monarcas Morelia lost their 8th game of the season, remaining in 18th place with just seven points, while Leones Negros are still last in the relegation standings despite their draw with Puebla.

América still have the best offense in the league with 23 goals for. They’re followed by Tigres UANL and León, who have 20 apiece. On the other side of things, Veracruz and Leones Negros both scored this week but are still tied for the worst offense in the league with seven goals. They’re followed by Chivas de Guadalajara, who has managed eight.

In terms of individual goalscoring, Dorlan Pabón (Monterrey) remains in first with nine goals, despite not scoring this weekend. Ariel Nahuelpán (Pachuca) and Mauro Boselli (León) did score, and are now tied with Camilo Sanvezzo (Querétaro) for second with eight goals each.

On the other end of the field, Monterrey still has the best defense in the league despite their loss to América, with 10 goals conceded. They’re followed by América, Toluca, Cruz Azul, and Veracruz, who have each allowed 11 goals. The worst defense is still Monarcas Morelia’s, with 26 goals against, followed by León with 22.

On the disciplinary side of things, the referees handed out 41 yellow cards and three reds. Pachuca has moved to the top of the Fair Play table with their 20 yellow cards and three reds (two second yellow, one straight red), while León remains bottom of that table with their 28 yellows and five reds (four second yellow, one straight red). The most-cautioned team is still América, who have now earned 39 yellow cards, while Pachuca’s 20 are the fewest in the league. León and Chivas have had the most players sent off – five each – while Monterrey and Tijuana still have yet to see a red card this season.

League and relegation standings after the jump:

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Pumas UNAM vs Pachuca – Jornada 13

pumas pachucaFor the third home game running, Pumas UNAM walked away with a draw. Although this time they fought back for the point, rather than letting the lead slip away, the 1-1 draw with Pachuca keeps them winless at home in the Apertura 2014, with Pumas’s last home win coming back in April.

The two teams played out a scoreless first half, but the Tuzos found the back of the net shortly after halftime. In the 52nd minute, Diego Buonanotte sent a cross into the box for Ariel Nahuelpán, who headed it past Alfredo Saldívar to give the visitors the 0-1 lead.

Pachuca had a few chances to extend their lead, such as when Marco Antonio Palacios cleared a Jürgen Damm shot off the line in the 58th minute, but Pumas looked dangerous on the counterattack.

In the 63rd minute, Ismael Sosa sent a powerful shot past Óscar Pérez to tie the game at 1-1. The end of the game was an exciting one, with both teams pushing for a winning goal, but despite some good chances, the score remained tied.

With the 1-1 draw, Pumas reaches 16 points while Pachuca reaches 20.

Highlights

Lineups

Pumas: Alfredo Saldívar, Josecarlos Van Rankin, Marco Antonio Palacios, Darío Verón, Luis Fuentes, Ismael Sosa (Alfonso Nieto 91′), David Cabrera, Javier Cortés (Daniel Ludueña 87′), Martín Romagnoli (Diego Lagos 61′), Dante López, Eduardo Herrera.

Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Rodrigo Salinas, Hugo Rodríguez, Aquivaldo Mosquera, Walter Ayoví, Jürgen Damm (Avilés Hurtado 70′), Jorge Hernández, Erick Gutiérrez, Hirving Lozano, Ariel Nahuelpán (Matías Alustiza 87′), Diego Buonanotte (Jorge Villalpando 76′).

Atlas vs Toluca – Jornada 13

atlas tolucaToluca vaulted over Atlas and into second place in the table with a 0-2 away win on Saturday night. The Diablos Rojos extended their unbeaten run to seven games and are now just four points back from league-leading América, while Atlas fell at home for the first time this season.

Atlas let a golden chance to take the lead slip away, and Toluca made them pay for it. In the 30th minute, Arturo González was fouled in the box by Jordan Silva and referee Jorge Antonio Pérez pointed to the penalty spot. Luis Caballero stepped up to take it, but his shot was blocked by Alfredo Talavera.

That penalty miss would prove costly when Toluca took the lead just moments into the second half. Antonio Ríos sent his shot from outside the box into the corner of Federico Vilar’s goal in just the 47th minute, and after that the Diablos Rojos took control.

But around the 60th minute, Atlas began to get more possession and started to look threatening going forward in search of an equalizer. Arturo González and Enrique Esqueda both had good chances to score, but Alfredo Talavera kept everything out.

Then, in stoppage time, Toluca put the final nail in the coffin. Vilar came way out of his box to head the ball away, but his clearance fell to Isaác Brizuela, who took a few touches and then sent a long-range chip into the empty net, with Vilar unable to get back into position.

With the 0-2 win, Toluca reaches 25 points while Atlas remains on 24.

Highlights

Lineups

Atlas: Federico Vilar, Enrique Pérez, Luis Gerardo Venegas, Facundo Erpen, Édgar Castillo, Arturo González, Juan Carlos Medina (Enrique Esqueda 76′), Rodrigo Millar, Martín Barragán (Edson Rivera 76′), Aldo Leao, Luis Caballero (Edy Brambla 60′).

Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Óscar Rojas (Alejandro Navarro 86′), Jordan Silva, Paulo da Silva, Miguel Ángel Ponce, Isaác Brizuela, Antonio Ríos, Richard Ortiz, Édgar Benítez (Aarón Galindo 77′), Lucas Lobos (Carlos Orrantia 66′), Pablo Velázquez. 

Jaguares de Chiapas vs Santos Laguna – Jornada 13

jaguares santosJaguares jumped up the table into playoff positioning with a 2-0 win against 10-man Santos Laguna on Saturday night. All the excitement – both goals and the red card – came in the final ten minutes of the match.

Both teams went into this game riding winless streaks, with Chiapas winless in five and Santos in four. As the game progressed and the clock ticked down, the game looked destined to finish in a scoreless draw.

But then, in the 82nd minute, Jaguares found the opening goal. Luis Rodríguez collected a backheeled pass just outside the box and sent a low, parabolic shot into the far corner, just under a diving Oswaldo Sánchez.

As late in the game as the goal game, it looked likely to be definitive. Santos barely had time to collect themselves and think about pushing for an equalizer before Jaguares increased their lead in the 87th minute.

This time it was Isaác Díaz who scored, as he pounced on the rebound of a blocked shot and sent a long-range rocket past Sánchez to make it 2-0. Santos was stunned, and any slight chance they had of finding two goals in the final three minutes plus stoppage time disappeared in the 89th minute when Andrés Rentería picked up his second yellow card of the game and was sent off.

With the 2-0 win, Jaguares reach 18 points while Santos remains on 17.

Highlights

Lineups

Jaguares: Óscar Jiménez, Luis Rodríguez, Horacio Cervantes, Javier Muñoz Mustafá, Alan Zamora, Diego de la Torre (Christian Bermúdez 80′), Bruno Pereira Pires, Julio Nava, Franco Arizala (Isaác Díaz 75′), Vicente Matías Vuoso (Andrés Andrade 58′), Emiliano Armenteros.

Santos: Oswaldo Sánchez, José Javier Abella, Carlos Izquierdoz, Oswaldo Alanís, Rodolfo Salinas (Mauro Cejas 63′), Andrés Rentería, Sergio Ceballos, Juan Pablo Rodríguez (Alonso Escoboza 84′), Adrián Aldrete, Carlos Darwin Quintero, Javier Orozco (Djaniny Tavares 71′). 

León vs Chivas de Guadalajara – Jornada 13

leon chivasLeón continued their push for a playoff spot with a 2-1 win against Chivas de Guadalajara. Not even new coach José Manuel de la Torre was able to right the ship for Chivas, who have sunk to the penultimate position in the league table.

The home team took the lead in the 14th minute, when a well-played through ball put Miguel Sabah in behind León’s defense. He played the ball centrally for Mauro Boselli, who poked it past Toño Rodríguez to make it 1-0.

There was some confusion in the 22nd minute, when León put the ball in the back of the net and referee Fernando Guerrero signaled the goal, only for assistant referee Javier Santacruz to raise his flag. It was eventually ruled that the goal was offside and would not stand.

With the deficit still just one goal, Chivas managed to equalize before halftime. In the 40th minute, Néstor Vidrio hit a bending, curving shot from outside the box that settled into the top corner, and his golazo made it 1-1.

León would retake the lead in the second half, however. In the 60th minute, Elías Hernández got past his defenders and sent a cross to Carlos Peña, who was unmarked in the box. Peña made no mistake with his header, and León had the 2-1 lead.

“Chepo” de la Torre sent on Ángel Reyna, looking to give Chivas more of an attacking threat as they went in search of another equalizer, but it was León who looked more likely to get the next goal. Mauro Boselli hit the crossbar and the post, but the home team wasn’t able to turn the game into a rout.

With the 2-1 win, León reaches 15 points while Chivas remains on 10.

Highlights

Lineups

León: Christian Martínez, Jonny Magallón, Jonathan Bottinelli, Juan Ignacio González, Edwin Hernández, Elías Hernández (Luis Delgado 90′), Juan José Vázquez, Carlos Peña (Wanderley de Jesús 80′), Marcos Caicedo (José María Cárdenas 74′), Miguel Sabah, Mauro Boselli.

Chivas: José Antonio Rodríguez, Kristian Álvarez, Carlos Salcido, Hedgardo Marín, Néstor Vidrio, Israel Castro (Aldo de Nigris 76′), Fernando Arce (Jorge Enríquez 87′), Carlos Rodríguez, Carlos Fierro, Giovani Hernández (Ángel Reyna 60′), Omar Bravo.

Tigres UANL vs Cruz Azul – Jornada 13

tigres cruz azulTigres UANL extended their unbeaten run to six games with a 1-0 win against Cruz Azul on Saturday night, as La Máquina suffered a disappointing setback after a big win in the Clásico Joven last time out. The loss was undoubtedly due – in part – to both Francisco “Maza” Rodríguez and Joao Rojas receiving red cards; fighting back from a goal down becomes much harder when you only have nine players.

Despite the win, Tigres were actually booed at the end of the game, with the fans in the Estadio Universitario less than impressed with the amount of work Tigres had to put in to winning against an opponent with two fewer players.

A 13th minute goal from Édgar Gerardo Lugo, which took a deflection off Julio César Domínguez, ended up being the difference between these two sides. Tigres could have made it 2-0 in the 31st minute though Lugo again, but he was unable to beat Jesús Corona.

After that, Cruz Azul had chances of their own through Mariano Pavone and Joao Rojas, but the equalizer wouldn’t come, with Juninho saving Rojas’s shot off the line with Nahuel Guzmán beaten.

In the second half, “Maza” Rodríguez was sent off after earning a second yellow card for taking down Hérculez Gómez, and then Rojas was given a straight red for his vociferous protest against assistant referee José Luis Camargo, who had flagged the foul.

Despite going down to nine men, Cruz Azul continued to play, rather than sit back. The visitors even managed to create some good chances, with Marco Fabián very nearly finding the equalizer and then Pavone coming close in stoppage time.

Tigres were able to hold on the lead, even though they couldn’t extend it, and have now moved into a tie for third place, pending the rest of the weekend’s games.

With the 1-0 win, Tigres reach 23 points while Cruz Azul remains on 16.

Highlights

Lineups

Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Iván Estrada, Hugo Ayala, Juninho, Jesús Dueñas (Marco Ruben 71′), Guido Pizarro, Egidio Arévalo, José Francisco Torres, Damián Álvarez, Édgar Gerardo Lugo, Hérculez Gómez (Emanuel Villa 74′).

Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Rogelio Chávez, Francisco Rodríguez, Julio César Domínguez, Fausto Pinto, Pablo Barrera (Marco Fabián 71′), Xavier Baez, Gerardo Torrado, Joao Rojas, Christian Giménez (Emanuel Loeschbor 69′), Mariano Pavone.