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Copa MX Llave 1 First Leg: Where to Watch

The Apertura 2014 edition of the Copa MX tournament begins this Tuesday. This is the complete schedule of games for the first leg of the first round, with TV listings where applicable. All times Eastern, home teams listed first.

Tuesday, July 29th
Mineros de Zacatecas vs Leones Negros (Group 4) – 8:00 PM – Galavision
Chivas de Guadalajara vs Coras Tepic (Group 3) – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Lobos BUAP vs Jaguares de Chiapas (Group 7) – 8:00 PM
Irapuato vs Querétaro (Group 1) – 8:00 PM
Tijuana vs Zacatepec (Group 3) – 8:00 PM
Correcaminos vs Monterrey (Group 2) – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Tigres UANL vs Altamira (Group 1) – 10:00 PM – Galavision

Wednesday, July 30th
Atlético San Luis vs Santos Laguna (Group 2)- 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Mérida vs Toluca (Group 6) – 8:00 PM – Galavision
Veracruz vs Alebrijes de Oaxaca (Group 7) – 8:00 PM
Monarcas Morelia vs Necaxa (Group 5) – 8:00 PM
Atlas vs Dorados de Sinaloa (Group 4) – 10:00 PM – Galavision
Pumas UNAM vs Atlante (Group 6) – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Celaya vs Puebla (Group 5) – 10:00 PM

Copa MX Review: Group 3 Game 1

Chivas de Guadalajara 3-1 Coras Tepic

Chivas had a tranquil debut in the Apertura 2014 Copa MX with a comfortable 3-1 win over Liga de Ascenso side Coras Tepic. Sergio Nápoles put the home team in front just four minutes into the game following a cross from David Toledo and Chivas didn’t look back from there. Guadalajara increased their advantage in the 12th minute when Alberto García took the ball into Coras Tepic’s box and laid it off for Nápoles, who scored his second of the night with a powerful shot. Coras Tepic tried to cut the deficit, but Mauricio Hernández and Jorge Mora’s shots couldn’t get past Luis Michel, back in goal for el Rebaño.

In the second half, Carlos Fierro scored a golazo in the 57th minute to put Chivas up 3-0. Fierro received the ball near the penalty spot, made a little space for himself, and sent his shot into the upper right-hand corner. Coras did manage to pull a goal back in the 79th minute when Carlos Cisneros’s long distance shot found its way past Michel into the net, but it was too little, too late in terms of a comeback.

Tijuana 3-1 Zacatepec

The Xolos have yet to win in league play, but they got off on the right foot in the Copa MX with a 3-1 win against the Cañeros del Zacatepec in the Estadio Caliente. In the opening minutes, Zacatepec looked like the more dangerous team, but Tijuana weathered the storm and then struck first. In the 23rd minute, Darío Benedetto scored from inside the box to give Tijuana the 1-0 lead. Just five minutes later, Zacatepec equalized through Humberto Guzmán, but the Xolos would retake the lead just as quickly as they lost it. Three minutes after Guzmán had made it 1-1, Joe Corona found himself unmarked inside the box and shot past the onrushing goalkeeper to make it 2-1.

In the second half, the Xolos scored an insurance goal in the 53rd minute when Henry Martín met a cross from Bendetto with a powerful header that beat the Zacatepec keeper. With the two goal advantage, Tijuana was able to see out the game, picking up three points which ties them with Chivas at the top of the Group 3 table.

Group Table

# Team W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Chivas 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3
2 Tijuana 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3
3 Coras Tepic 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0
4 Zacatepec 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0

Copa MX Review: Group 1 Game 1

Irapuato 3-2 Querétaro

Irapuato scored the opening goal and never lost the lead after that, but an 84th minute penalty that brought Querétaro back within striking distance of a draw made things interesting at the end. It took 39 minutes for the first goal to arrive, with José Manuel Rivera’s shot from outside the box finding its way into the back of the net. Just three minutes later, Rivera scored again to give the home team the 2-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, Othoniel Arce reduced the deficit with a historic goal, the 900th in the history of the Copa MX, but Marco Tovar would restore Irapuato’s two-goal cushion in the 81st minute. Although William da Silva would score from the penalty spot in the 84th minute, the Gallos Blancos were unable to find the third goal that would have tied the game.

Tigres UANL 4-0 Altamira

In front of a home crowd of more than 35,000, Tigres UANL scored four goals for the second game running, this time against Estudiantes de Altamira in the Copa MX. Tigres dominated the Copa from start to finish in the Clausura 2014, going undefeated en route to the title, and got off to a strong start this time around as well.

Tigres looked threatening right from the off, with Joffre Guerrón nearly opening the scoring with a header in the 4th minute before Hérculez Gómez sent his shot at the goalkeeper in the 15th. Altamira struggled to get out of their own half for long stretches and a Tigres goal seemed inevitable. In the 42nd minute, Antonio Briseño was fouled inside the box, causing referee Víctor Bisguerra to point to the penalty spot. Joffre Guerrón converted it to make it 1-0. In stoppage time at the end of the half, José Rivas made it 2-0, with Antonio Briseño and Uvaldo Lunda adding second-half goals to complete the thrashing.

Group Table

# Team W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Tigres UANL 1 0 0 4 0 +4 3
2 Irapuato 1 0 0 3 2 +1 3
3 Querétaro 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0
4 Altamira 0 0 1 0 4 -4 0

El Tri Announces September Friendlies

el triThe Mexican National Team will take the field for the first time since their exit from the World Cup this September when they travel to the U.S. for two games against Chile and Bolivia.

The first game, against Chile, will be held on September 6th in San Francisco, California, in Levi’s Stadium, which is the new home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. The Mexico/Chile clash will be the first international soccer game held at Levi’s Stadium.

Three days later, El Tri will travel to Denver, Colorado, where they will take on Bolivia in Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, home of MLS’s Colorado Rapids, on September 9th.

Both friendlies fall on FIFA dates, meaning all the national teams involved will have access to all of their players, including Europe-based players.

The Mexican Football Federation is also considering another friendly in the U.S. in October, as well as a friendly in Mexico that same month.

Pablo Barrera to Miss Two Weeks with Injury

red crossCruz Azul midfielder Pablo Barrera had to leave La Máquina’s game against Santos Laguna at halftime this weekend after he suffered an injury late in the first half. That injury, a pulled muscle in his right leg, has a minimum recovery period of 10 days and it’s likely Barrera will be out for closer to two weeks.

Barrera has been plagued by injuries since joining Cruz Azul in 2012 and had to have two knee surgeries in that span. He returned to the playing field this March after the second surgery sidelined him for six months.

Barrera will miss Cruz Azul’s game against Veracruz this weekend and is likely to also miss La Máquina’s debut in the CONCACAF Champions League on August 5th.

Week 2 Disciplinary Report

disciplinary reportWeek two of the Apertura 2014 saw four players receive red cards, and all four were given a one-game suspension by the Disciplinary Committee.

Bruno Pereira Pires of Jaguares de Chiapas and Miguel Ángel Ponce of Toluca were both given straight reds during their game on Saturday and were suspended for violent conduct and serious foul play, respectively.

Pumas UNAM and Chivas de Guadalajara also had their game finish 10 vs 10 as David Cabrera and Ángel Reyna each picked up two yellow cards. Both players will now sit out their team’s week three games.

Liga MX Jornada 2 Statistics

standings and statisticsAfter two weeks of the Apertura 2014 season, home wins are still a rare commodity. With 18 games in the books, just four have ended in home victories (for comparison, there have been nine away wins thus far).

Monterrey currently tops the table after their perfect start to the season, while América, the only other team with two wins, is behind the Rayados on goal difference. Meanwhile, Tijuana, León and Leones Negros have yet to pick up any points.

Monterrey is one of the highest scoring teams to date with four goals. América and Tigres UANL also have four, while the worst offenses belong to Monarcas Morelia and Veracruz, who have yet to find a single goal.

In terms of individual goalscoring, Dorlan Pabón (Monterrey), Osvaldo Martínez (América), Darío Burbano (Tigres UANL), Fernando Arce (Chivas de Guadalajara), Mauro Boselli (León) and Andrés Rentería (Santos Laguna) are all tied with two goals.

Atlas and Puebla have the best defenses so far, with neither team conceding a goal in the opening two weeks. Reigning champions León have the worst defense with six goals conceded.

On the disciplinary side of things, the referees handed out 39 yellow cards and 4 reds this weekend. Leones Negros and Veracruz top the Fair Play table with 2 yellow cards each, while the team at the bottom of the Fair Play standings is Querétaro, who have received 8 yellows and a straight red.

League and relegation standings after the jump:

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Leones Negros vs Querétaro – Jornada 2

leones negros queretaroNewly promoted Leones Negros have yet to pick up a point in their current foray into the first division as they fell 0-1 to Querétaro in the last game of Jornada 2. The loss leaves Universidad de Guadalajara rooted not only to the bottom of the league table, but to the bottom of the relegation standings as well.

Querétaro had the better chances throughout the game, with Ángel Sepúlveda coming close with a header in the first half before William da Silva hit the post in the second. The lone goal of the game came in the 59th minute thanks to a mistake from Leandro Cufré, who missed on his attempt to head the ball clear just outside his box. Camilo Sanvezzo took advantage of the error to take control of the ball and shoot past Humberto Hernández to give the Gallos Blancos the 0-1 lead.

Leones struggled to generate chances with a midfield lacking in creativity and ability to link up with the forwards. The clearest chance of the game for the home team came in the 74th minute, when Fidel Martínez found himself one-on-one in the box with Édgar Hernández. Martínez went to ground rather than shooting, and although it did look like he was pushed in the back, referee Miguel Ángel Ayala was uninterested in the Ecuadorian’s appeal for a penalty kick.

With the 0-1 win, Querétaro picks up their first three points of the season, while Leones Negros are still pointless.

Highlights

Lineups

Leones Negros: Humberto Hernández, José Wenceslao Díaz, Leandro Cufré, Héctor Reynoso, Jairo González, Óscar Salvador Vera (Efrén Mendoza 61′), Marc Crosas, Diego Campos, Fidel Martínez (Isaác Romo 78′), Andrés Ríos, William Ferreira (Édgar González 64′).

Querétaro: Édgar Hernández, George Corral, Miguel Ángel Martínez, Mario Osuna, Yasser Corona, Ricardo Osorio, Sergio Santana (Jorge Gastelum 69′), William da Silva, Ricardo da Silva (Sinha 57′), Camilo Sanvezzo, Ángel Sepúlveda (Othoniel Arce 82′).

Pumas UNAM vs Chivas de Guadalajara – Jornada 2

pumas chivasOne of Chivas de Guadalajara’s offseason signings, Fernando Arce, continues to prove his worth to his new club as he scored for the second game running to give Chivas a valuable 0-1 win against Pumas UNAM on Sunday afternoon. Today’s win was Chivas’s first in the Estasio Olímpico Universitario in nearly a decade.

Chivas played with organization and a clearly defined style, which allowed them to outshine a Pumas team that looked short on ideas. Nevertheless, the finishing touch wasn’t quite there for Guadalajara, with Omar Bravo showing uncharacteristically poor marksmanship for the second week in a row.

In the second half, when Chivas was thoroughly in control of the game, Ángel Reyna picked up a yellow card for tossing the ball at “Pikolín” Palacios; it was his second yellow of the game and he was ejected. But although they were playing a man down, Chivas was still able to create goal scoring opportunities. Fernando Arce showed what a threat he can be from midfield when he hit the crossbar in the 75th minute, and then he sent a long-distance free kick into the back of the net in the 89th to give Chivas the lead.

There were only a few minutes left in the game for Pumas to generate a reaction, but no goals were forthcoming. Instead, David Cabrera earned a straight red for a hard foul, leaving the game to finish 10 vs 10.

With the 0-1 win, Chivas reaches four points while Pumas remain on three.

Highlights

Lineups

Pumas: Alejandro Palacios, Josécarlos Van Rankin, Marco Antonio Palacios, Darío Verón, Luis Fuentes, Javier Cortés, David Cabrera, Martín Romagnoli (Leandro Augusto 60′), Daniel Ludueña, Matías Britos (Dante López 87′), Ismael Sosa (Roberto Daniel Ramírez 65′).

Chivas: José Antonio Rodríguez, Jesús Sánchez, Jair Pereira, Carlos Salcido, Patricio Araujo, Carlos Gerardo Rodríguez, Fernando Arce, Ángel Reyna, Israel Castro, Aldo de Nigris (Jorge Enríquez 79′), Omar Bravo (Carlos Fierro 71′ – Kristian Álvarez 88′). 

Jaguares de Chiapas vs Toluca – Jornada 2

jaguares tolucaJaguares de Chiapas picked up a valuable three points as they defeated the Diablos Rojos 2-1 Saturday night despite playing with ten men for the entire second half. Toluca was reduced to ten men as well, but they had a man advantage for nearly half an hour before Miguel Ángel Ponce was given his marching orders.

Jaguares took the lead in the 24th minute after Andrés Andrade received the ball and immediately played it on to Vicente Matías Vuoso, who scored. After the goal, Toluca began to dominate possession, but there was no end product. Then, on the stroke of halftime, Bruno Pires was given a straight red by referee Robertio Ríos for a stomp on Édgar Benítez.

While playing 11 vs 10 to start the second half, Toluca continued to dominate possession, but still couldn’t score. Jaguares played intelligent and composed defense and struck on the counterattack when the opportunity presented itself. In the 71st minute, substitute Emiliano Armenteros scored the game-winning goal for Chiapas in his debut with the club. Two minutes later, Miguel Ángel Ponce was sent off with a straight red for a stomp on Luis Pérez.

Toluca did eventually manage to get on the scoresheet, but the goal wasn’t scored by anyone in red. Instead, the unfortunate Gabriel Farfán turned the ball into his own net. The Diablos Rojos weren’t able to take advantage of that gift, however, and the game finished 2-1 in favor of Jaguares.

With the win, Jaguares reach four points while Toluca remains on one.

Highlights

Lineups

Jaguares: César Lozano, Édgar Dueñas, Javier Muñoz Mustafá, William Paredes, Luis Pérez, Julio Nava (Gabriel Farfán 57′), Bruno Pereira Pires, Andrés Andrade, Luis Rodríguez, Vicente Matías Vuoso (Diego de la Torre 57′), Franco Arizala (Emiliano Armenteros 66′).

Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Óscar Rojas (Carlos Esquivel 81′), Paulo da Silva, Aarón Galindo, Miguel Ángel Ponce, Isaác Brizuela, Antonio Ríos, Gabriel Velasco (Jerónimo Amione 46′), Richard Ortiz, Édgar Benítez (Carlos Orrantia 66′), Pablo Velázquez.