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Liga MX Week 14: Where to Watch

liga mxWho’s playing who? When? And on what channel? All the info you need to catch all the games you’re interested in.

All times Eastern, home team listed first. Note that the Sunday games are kicking off an hour later than usual, due to Daylight Saving Time ending in Mexico. (Clocks go back in the U.S. next week).

Friday, October 24
Querétaro vs América – 8:30 PM – Azteca America / ESPN Deportes
Santos Laguna vs Pumas UNAM – 10:30 PM – Azteca America

Saturday, October 25
Cruz Azul vs Monarcas Morelia – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Veracruz vs Jaguares de Chiapas – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes 2
Monterrey vs Tigres UANL – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pachuca vs Leones Negros – 9:06 PM – Telemundo
Atlas vs Puebla – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes

Sunday, October 26
Toluca vs León – 2:00 PM – Univision
Guadalajara vs Tijuana – 7:00 PM – Unimás

León vs Isidro Metapán: Recap and Highlights

concacaf championsLeón ended their participation in the 2014-2015 CONCACAF Champions League with a 4-1 thumping of Isidro Metapán. Unfortunately for La Fiera, the win didn’t do them any good as Herediano had already won the group.

With nothing to play for except pride, León fielded a largely second-choice lineup, but that didn’t stop them from running up the score against Group 7’s whipping boys, who lost all four of their CCL games and conceded 16 goals in the process.

Nevertheless, Isidro Metapán was able to hold León to a scoreless first half. Two halftime substitutions proved the difference for the home team, as both Jair Ruiz and Yamilson Rivera came on and scored braces. 19-year-old Jair Ruiz opened the scoring in the 55th minute with an assist from José María Cárdenas, and then made it 2-0 in the 65th minute with an assist from Martín Bravo.

Ruiz then turned provider, assisting Rivera on his first goal of the night in the 81st minute. Metapán was able to reduce the deficit in the 87th minute thanks to a free kick from Nicolás Muñoz, but Rivera quickly restored León’s three-goal lead with his second of the night in the 88th minute.

With the 4-1 win, León reaches seven points while Isidro Metapán remains on zero. Both teams are eliminated from the CCL.

Highlights

Lineups

León: César Ríos, Juan Carlos Pineda, Luis Antonio Delgado (Jair Ruíz 45′), Fernando Navarro (José Montes de Oca 64′), José María Cárdenas, Aldo Rocha, Leonel López, Mauricio Castañeda, Dennis Flores (Yamilson Rivera 45′), Wanderley de Jesús, Martín Bravo.

Isidro Metapán: Henry Hernández, Milton Molina, Julio Regino Cerritos, Edwin Hernández, Francisco Jovel Álvarez (Derlin Romero 68′), Romer Ovando, David López (Medardo Max Guevara 76′), Víctor Merino (José Antonio Ramos 60′), Luis López, Narciso Orellana, Nicolás Muñoz. 

Group Table – Group 7

# Team W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Herediano 3 1 0 11 4 +7 10
2 León 2 1 1 10 6 +4 7
3 Isidro Metapán 0 0 4 5 16 -11 0

Apertura Week 14 Preview: Sunday’s Games

Toluca vs León – 2:00 PM – Univision
Toluca (2nd) won last weekend and are riding a seven-game unbeaten streak in league play, although they fell 2-0 to Tigres UANL in the Copa MX in midweek. That was an away game, though, and the Diablos Rojos are unbeaten at home this season. They can’t catch América for first place even with a win here, but it would keep them within striking distance of the lead.

León (13th) has back-to-back wins and it looks like their season is finally starting to turn around. However, the reigning champions are still five spots out of playoff positioning and need to keep winning if they want to have a chance to defend their title. León was active in midweek, with a 4-1 win against Isidro Metapán in the CONCACAF Champions League, another competition that didn’t go La Fiera’s way. Despite the win, León was eliminated from the CCL.

Chivas de Guadalajara vs Tijuana – 7:00 PM – Unimás
Chivas de Guadalajara (17th) are in the midst of a three-game losing streak and have dropped to the penultimate position in the league table. In addition, they’ve been losing ground in the relegation standings and could drop into the penultimate position in that table as well, depending on other results. Chivas hasn’t won at home since September 7th, and so far new coach José Manuel de la Torres hasn’t been able to turn things around: he’s overseen a 0-1 loss to Atlas in league play in the Clásico Tapatío and a 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Santos in the Copa MX this past Tuesday night.

As for Tijuana (9th), the Xolos are just outside the playoff places and will be looking to make a late-season push. Tijuana won last weekend and are unbeaten in three, but they don’t travel well. They haven’t won a single road game all season, although they have earned draws on a number of occasions. On the other hand, Chivas hasn’t been doing well at home, so this could be a golden opportunity for the Xolos to pick up their first away win. Meanwhile, in a bid to increase Chivas’s home support, the club president has announced that if Chivas doesn’t win, fans can use their tickets from this game to gain free admission to the game against Tigres UANL in Jornada 16.

Apertura Week 14 Preview: Saturday’s Games

Cruz Azul vs Monarcas Morelia – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (10th) lost to Tigres UANL last weekend and were eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League with a 1-1 draw with Alajuelense in midweek. The end of that game was marred by a brawl, and La Máquina is waiting for the CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee to hand out sanctions. Meanwhile, Cruz Azul will be without both Joao Rojas and Francisco “Maza” Rodríguez in league play after both players earned red cards in the loss to Tigres. Cruz Azul is currently outside the playoff places, but could move as high as 7th with a win here, and Monarcas Morelia (18th) looks vulnerable.

Morelia has just seven points from 13 games and have only won once this season. They’re currently on a three-game winless streak and have shown little sign of improvement, despite changing their coach and their sporting director. While mathematically still alive in the playoff fight, they have no realistic chance of finishing in the top 8 and anything other than a win here would officially eliminate them from playoff contention. Cruz Azul will look for a win that would add to Morelia’s misery and allow them to end a bad week on a high note.

Veracruz vs Jaguares de Chiapas – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes 2
Veracruz (14th) won last weekend to end a two-game losing streak as well as snap a 276-minute scoreless streak. The Tiburones Rojos are the joint-lowest scorers in the league and have only managed four goals in their six home games to date. With Veracruz still involved in a relegation fight – they’re currently 15th in the Tabla de Cociente – they need to start finding goals and wins sooner rather than later.

Standing in their way on Saturday night will be Jaguares de Chiapas (7th), who are one spot above Veracruz in the relegation standings. Jaguares won last weekend, but lost their last away game. They’ve only won once away from home this season, and that was back in Jornada 7. Nevertheless, they’re in better form than the Tiburones and need a win to stay in playoff positioning as the season winds down.

Monterrey vs Tigres UANL – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
The Apertura 2014 edition of the Clásico Regio comes with the two teams involved sitting on very similar records. Monterrey, the hosts, are in 5th place while Tigres UANL are in 4th. The two teams are level on points – 23 – but the Rayados have a game in hand. In terms of recent form, Monterrey lost last weekend to end a three-game unbeaten streak, while Tigres won and are now on a six-game unbeaten streak. Tigres have not lost on the road this season, with three wins and four draws, and have won their last two away games. On the other hand, Monterrey hasn’t lost at home this season, with four wins and two draws, and they’re won three of their last four home games.

The scales are delicately balanced and may tip slightly in Monterrey’s favor since the Rayados are more rested than Tigres, who were active in midweek in the Copa MX quarterfinals, where they defeated Toluca 2-0.

Pachuca vs Leones Negros – 9:06 PM – Telemundo
Pachuca (6th) is coming off a 1-1 draw with Pumas last weekend, as well as a 3-2 loss in the CONCACAF Champions League in midweek (Pachuca had already won the group prior to that game). They’re riding a three-game unbeaten streak in league play and they’ll like their chances of extending that streak against Leones Negros (16th).

The Universidad de Guadalajara are on a three-game unbeaten streak of their own, but they haven’t won on the road all season. They’re also the joint-lowest scoring team in the league with seven goals in thirteen games, while they’re conceded twice that many. The Leones are desperate for points, though, since they’re still in last place in the relegation standings. A win here could bring them level with Puebla and Chivas, depending on other results.

Atlas vs Puebla – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
These two teams faced off in the Copa MX just three days ago, with Puebla winning the quarterfinal on penalties after a scoreless ninety minutes. Atlas (3rd) lost last weekend to end a two-game winning streak and they’ll be looking to rebound – and regain some ground at the top of the table – with a win against Puebla (15th). Atlas has only lost at home once this season, and they might be extra motivated against the Poblanos after getting knocked out of the cup by them on Wednesday night.

As for Puebla, they’re currently penultimate in the relegation standings and they could gain some significant ground with a win here. They’re unbeaten in two, but both of those games ended in draws and they really need to start picking up wins. They’ve been reasonably good on the road, though, with one win, three draws, and two losses, and they’ve been having a mini-resurgence under José Luis “Chelís” Sánchez Solá.

Apertura Week 14 Preview: Friday’s Games

Querétaro vs América – 8:30 PM – Azteca America / ESPN Deportes
Querétaro (12th) is in the midst of a three-game losing streak, after falling to Atlas, León, and Tijuana by identical 2-1 scorelines. The Gallos Blancos haven’t won since Jornada 9 and not even a goal from Ronaldinho was able to return them to winning ways last weekend. They’re now returning home to La Corregidora, where they haven’t won since Jornada 3, to take on league-leading América.

The Águilas (1st) have qualified for the playoffs with four games left to play, which shows how far above the competition they have been throughout the Apertura 2014 season. América has won four of their last five games, although the one loss was an embarrassing one: 4-0 to Cruz Azul in the Clásico Joven. But América rebounded from that loss with a win against Monterrey last weekend, and also won in the CONCACAF Champions League in midweek, defeating Comunicaciones 2-0 to book their spot in the knockout rounds. América will remain in first place no matter what the result here, since they’re four points clear of the second place team, but a win would go a long way towards guaranteeing them top spot when it comes to playoff seeding.

Santos Laguna vs Pumas UNAM – 10:30 PM – Azteca America
Santos Laguna (8th) fell to Jaguares de Chiapas last weekend and haven’t won since Jornada 8. The Laguneros are still in the playoff picture, but just barely. They’re winless in their last two home games and have been inconsistent in the Estadio Corona all season, but they need a win to stay in the top eight.

Pumas UNAM (11th) is just one point behind Santos and would leapfrog them with an away win. Although the universitarios haven’t won at home all season, they have four wins on the road and have generally looked more dangerous as the visiting team. Pumas are looking for a second straight playoff appearance and a win here would be a big help in that quest.

Liga MX Referee Assignments: Apertura Week 14

The referees, assistant referees, and fourth officials for the 14th week of the Apertura 2014 Liga MX season.

Querétaro vs América
Referee: Ricardo Arellano Nieves
Assistant 1: Alberto Morín Méndez
Assistant 2: Juan Carlos Salinas Salinas
Fourth Official: César Arturo Ramos Palazuelos

Santos Laguna vs Pumas UNAM
Referee: Roberto García Orozco
Assistant 1: Marcos Quintero Huitron
Assistant 2: Christian Kiabek Espinosa Zavala
Fourth Official: Jorge Isaác Rojas Castillo

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Real España vs Pachuca: Recap and Highlights

concacaf championsIt was a wild, back-and-forth game in Honduras, but in the end Real España triumphed 3-2 over a 10-man Pachuca in the final game in Group 1. Although the game was essentially a formality, with Pachuca already having won the group handily, the Tuzos could have ensured the overall first seed in the quarterfinals with a win.

Real España, who was winless in their first three games in the tournament, was determined to bow out on a positive note, and they opened the scoring just three minutes into the game through Edder Delgado.

Pachuca responded almost as quickly, with Steven Almeida equalizing with a right-footed shot in the 8th minute. Real España wasn’t at all disheartened by the equalizer, and kept pressing forward with Camilo Aguirre creating dangerous chances for the home team.

Aguirre, who had assisted on the opening goal, earned another assist in the 34th minute, when Kevin Espinoza met his cross to restore Real España’s lead. But once again, the Tuzos would quickly respond. In stoppage time at the end of the half, Avilés Hurtado got on the end of a Matías Alustiza corner kick to make it 2-2 at halftime.

In the second half, Abraham Darío Carreño received his second yellow card of the night and was sent off in the 54th minute. Ten minutes later, Real España took the lead once again, with Edder Delgado completing his brace with a long-range shot that nestled into the top corner.

This time, Pachuca was unable to muster a response. The 3-2 scoreline held, and Real España reached four points as they bid farewell to the CONCACAF Champions League. Pachuca remained on nine points and advanced to the quarterfinals.

Highlights

Lineups

Real España: Kevin Hernández (Sergio Mendoza 80′), Óscar Fortín, Marlon José Peña, Porciano Ávila, Harlinton Alberto Gutiérrez, Bryan Josué Acosta, Kevin Espinoza, Edder Delgado, Camilo Aguirre, Claudio Cardozo (Juan Ramón Mejía 70′), Luis Roberto Lobo (Rony Albert Flores 59′). 

Pachuca: Alfonso Blanco, Diego de Buen, Marco Iván Pérez, Heriberto Olvera, Miguel Herrera, Rodolfo Pizarro, Dieter Villalpando (Hirving Lozano 70′), Matías Alustiza, Avilés Hurtado (Guillermo Martínez 80′), Steven Almeida (Erick Gutiérrez 58′), Abraham Darío Carreño. 

Group Table – Group 1

# Team W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Pachuca 3 0 1 17 8 +9 9
2 Municipal 1 1 2 8 12 -4 4
3 Real España 1 1 2 5 10 -5 4

Copa MX Quarterfinals: Tigres UANL vs Toluca

copa mx logoTigres UANL claimed the final semifinal berth by beating Toluca 2-0 in an absolute downpour in the Estadio Universitario.

Tigres had the better of the chances in the first half, getting in behind Toluca’s defense on a number of occasions, but the rain and the slippery conditions did affect the fluidity of the game. The best chance came in the 35th minute when Gerardo Lugo shot into the outside side netting after a show of individual skill.

In the second half, Tigres decided the game with two goals in four minutes. José Francisco “Gringo” Torres opened the scoring in the 55th minute with a golazo of a free kick, and then Edigio Arévalo scored the insurance goal in the 59th minute.

The Diablos Rojos finally came to life in the final stages of the game, but it was too little, too late. Nahuel Guzmán twice came up big in goal for Tigres to snuff out Toluca’s best chances, and the 2-0 scoreline held.

With the 2-0 win, Tigres advances to the semifinals to face Santos Laguna while Toluca has been eliminated.

Highlights

Copa MX Quarterfinals: Atlas vs Puebla

copa mx logoIt took a penalty shootout to separate these two sides after a 0-0 draw in regulation, with Puebla coming out on top thanks to some heroics by goalkeeper Alfredo Frausto.

Atlas put out a very strong team with nearly all of their starters, while Puebla opted for more of a mix of starters and substitutes. On paper, the Zorros should have won the game, but on the field, they had trouble even threatening Alfredo Frausto’s goal.

Neither team was able to get a foothold in the game in the first half, and they were booed off the field at halftime by the crowd of just under 13,000, who were hoping for a more entertaining spectacle.

The second half brought a little more energy and intensity, but it didn’t last long. Shots on goal were few and far between and were far outnumbered by fouls. More than half of the Puebla players ended up picking up yellow cards, while three Atlas players also went into the book. As the game limped along, it became more and more certain that the winner would be decided from the penalty spot.

There is no overtime period in Copa MX games, so when the whistle blew on a 0-0 draw, the match went directly to penalties. Alfredo Frausto was the hero of the shootout, as he saved two penalties and also converted one as Puebla won 3-4 after six rounds.

For Atlas, Enrique Esqueda, Arturo González and Maikon Leite scored, while Rodrigo Millar and Sergio Amaury Ponce had their penalties saved and Federico Villar hit the bar. For Puebla, Mario De Luna, Luis Loroña, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, and Alfredo Fraustro scored, while John Fredy Pajoy had his penalty saved and Luis Esqueda sent his high.

With the 3-4 win on penalties, Puebla advances to the semifinals to face Lobos BUAP while Atlas has been eliminated.

Highlights

Tomás Boy Fined, Suspended

Logo AtlasAtlas coach Tomás Boy was serving a one-game suspension when his team took on Toluca in Jornada 13. Due to the suspension, Boy watched the game from the stands, rather than from the bench, and at the end of the game, which Atlas lost 0-2, Boy became involved in a confrontation with a fan. The fan verbally insulted Boy, who responded by throwing a punch.

The Disciplinary Committee opened an investigation into the incident and ruled that Boy “reacted inappropriately” to provocation from the fan. The DC handed Boy a two-game suspension as well as a fine of 201,870 pesos (about $14,990 U.S.). That fine comes on top of another, undisclosed, fine levied by the club itself.

Atlas will be without Boy for their Jornada 14 and 15 games against Puebla and León, respectively.