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Liga MX Week 2: Where to Watch

Who’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.

Friday, July 25
Monarcas Morelia vs Atlas – 8:30 PM – Azteca America / ESPN Deportes
Santos Laguna vs Cruz Azul – 10:30 PM – Azteca America / ESPN Deportes

Saturday, July 26
Puebla vs Veracruz – 6:00 PM – Azteca America
América vs Tijuana – 6:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Tigres UANL vs León – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pachuca vs Monterrey – 9:06 PM – Telemundo
Jaguares de Chiapas vs Toluca – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes

Sunday, July 17
Pumas UNAM vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Leones Negros vs Querétaro – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes

Friendly Confirmed Between América and Atlético Madrid

Logo AmericaAs part of the second edition of the Copa Euroamericana, Club América will host Spain’s reigning champion, Atlético Madrid, in the Azteca on July 30th.

The game falls on a Wednesday and is sandwiched in between two league games for the Águilas: at home to Tijuana on July 26th and away to Puebla on August 2nd.

Nevertheless, both teams have signed an agreement to field the best available teams for this friendly, as the president of Televisa’s Soccer Committee, Yon de Luisa, explained in a press conference regarding the game.

Rodolfo Vilchis Out 6-8 Weeks

red crossMidfielder Rodolfo Vilchis, one of Atlas’s new signings, will miss the next 6-8 weeks after fracturing his fifth metatarsal.

The club reported, “Our midfielder, Rodolfo Vilchis Cruz, suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his left foot. Said injury happened in a practice session before the game our team had against Tigres last weekend.

“Vilchis had successful surgery and it is estimated that he will be sidelined from soccer activities for six to eight weeks.”

That timeline means Vilchis is likely out until early September.

Week 1 Disciplinary Report

disciplinary report
The Disciplinary Committee has released their report of suspended and sanctioned players and clubs after the opening week of the Apertura 2014.

The standout suspension is six games for Efraín Cortés (Puebla) for spitting at an opponent, Tijuana’s Darío Benedetto, in the 65th minute of their game.

Pachuca’s Daniel Arreola and Jorge Hernández, as well as Jaguares’ Luis Silva, all received a one game suspension for picking up two yellow cards in week 1 play. In addition, the Disciplinary Committee overturned Tigres’ petition regarding Marco Rubén’s second yellow card, so he will also be serving a one-game suspension.

Querétaro’s Danilo Verón, better known as Danilinho, received a one-game suspension for his straight red.

In addition, Tijuana was fined 67,290 pesos (about $5,200 U.S.) because their players wore baseball caps with the Tijuana logo during the pregame ceremonies. The Disciplinary Committee pointed out that the regulations state that “Liga MX and Ascenso MX clubs that do not use the uniforms previously designated by the Referee Committee in a game, without a justified cause, according to the Competition Regulations, will be sanctioned with a fine.”

Tigres UANL Appeals Marco Rubén Red Card

tigres logoThe opening weekend of Liga MX saw six players ejected from the field, including Tigres UANL’s Marco Gastón Rubén.

Rubén received two yellow cards in Tigres’ game against Atlas, which led to his dismissal. Tigres has filed a petition of nonconformity with the Disciplinary Committee stating that the second yellow card Rubén received was “clearly erroneous”.

Under Liga MX regulations, teams can file such petitions for either straight red cards or for a second yellow card. The Disciplinary Committee can either uphold or overturn the team’s objection; if it is overturned, the club may then file an appeal.

Liga MX Jornada 1 Statistics

standings and statisticsThe opening week of the Apertura 2014 tournament favored the visitors. Of the six games that ended in wins, five were won by the away team, with Monterrey the only home team to pick up all three points.

Osvaldo Martínez (América) has taken the early lead in the Golden Boot race after his brace gave the Águilas a 1-2 win against León. He’s followed by 14 players with one goal each.

The highest scoring teams so far are Pumas UNAM and Monterrey, who each got three goals this weekend. Monarcas Morelia, Tigres UANL, Toluca, Atlas, Cruz Azul, Tijuana and Veracruz are tied for the worst offense after not managing a single goal to start the season.

Another seven teams – Santos Laguna, Pachuca, Puebla, Monarcas Morelia, Tigres UANL, Toluca, and Atlas – are tied for the best defense after not conceding a goal in the opening week. Pachuca’s shutout is particularly impressive, given that it came while playing with nine men. Meanwhile, the worst defenses belong to Querétaro and Leones Negros, who each gave up three.

On the disciplinary side of things, the referees handed out 40 yellow cards and 6 reds to start the season. Veracruz currently tops the Fair Play table after not picking up a single card, while Querétaro’s 5 yellows and 1 straight red have the Gallos at the bottom of the Fair Play standings.

League and relegation standings after the jump: Continue reading

Chivas de Guadalajara vs Jaguares de Chiapas – Jornada 1

chivas jaguaresFernando Arce, one of Chivas’s veteran offseason signings, gave the home team the lead, but el Rebaño was unable to hold on to the advantage and had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Jaguares de Chiapas.

It was the visiting Jaguares who had the better of the run of play in the first half. Andrés Andrade got a dangerous shot off in the opening minutes and Jaguares kept the pressure up for most of the half . Chivas had a hard time of it, and yet they found the opening goal. In the 34th minute, Fernando Arce sent a free kick into the back of the net, marking his Chivas debut with a golazo. 

Despite falling behind, Jaguares maintained their positive play and kept pushing forward. By the hour mark, it looked to be just a matter of time before they found the equalizer, although Chivas had chances of their own; in the 62nd minute, César Lozano saved a shot from Ángel Reyna only for the rebound to fall to Omar Bravo. His header missed the mark, though, which kept Jaguares in the game.

Four minutes after that miss, Julio Nava, who had entered the game as a sub, equalized the game with a diagonal shot that hit the left post and went in.

Neither team was able to find a winning goal, with Lozano called into action several more times to maintain the tie. The 1-1 draw leaves each team with one point to start the season.

Highlights

Lineups

Chivas: José Antonio Rodríguez, Jair Pereira, Carlos Salcido, Néstor Vidrio, Omar Bravo, Fernando Arce, Israel Castro (Giovani Hernández 72′), Carlos Gerardo Rodríguez, Ángel Reyna, David Toledo (Jesús Sánchez 61′), Aldo de Nigris (Carlos Fierro 80′).

Jaguares: César Lozano, Édgar Dueñas, Javier Muñoz Mustafá, William Paredes, Luis Pérez, Bruno Pereira, Luis Rodríguez, Christian Bermúdez (Julio Nava 42′), Andrés Andrade (Diego de la Torre 57′), Vincente Matías Vuoso (Albero Medina 68′), Franco Arizala. 

Toluca vs Monarcas Morelia – Jornada 1

toluca moreliaIt was honors even in the Estadio Nemesio Díez as Toluca and Monarcas Morelia played to a scoreless draw Sunday afternoon. Toluca had the best home record in Liga MX in the Clausura, but they were unable to pick up three points in their Apertura debut despite Morelia playing with 10 men for the majority of the second half.

Morelia had the first good chance of the game in the 10th minute, when Óscar Fernández found himself one-on-one with Alfredo Talavera, but the goalkeeper saved his shot. On the other end of the field, Toluca tried to reply through Édgar “Pájaro” Benítez, who was stopped by Carlos Felipe Rodríguez.

Rodríguez ended up making a number of impressive saves, particularly after his team went down a man, to preserve the shutout. Luis Silva was given his marching orders in the 56th minute after picking up his second yellow card of the game.

After that, the Diablos Rojos dominated possession of the ball, but Benítez and Pablo Velázquez were wasteful with their chances. Velázquez hit the post twice but could get no closer than that. Jerónimo Amione, an 83rd-minute sub, quickly helped Toluca create two dangerous chances, but Morelia was able to clear them out.

With the 0-0 draw, both teams pick up a point to start the season.

Highlights

Lineups

Toluca: Alfredo Talavera, Óscar Rojas, Paulo da Silva, Aarón Galindo, Miguel Ángel Ponce, Isaác Brizuela (Jerónimo Amione 83′), Antonio Ríos, Lucas Lobos (Gabriel Velasco 66′), Richard Ortiz, Édgar Benítez (Carlos Orrantia 77′).

Morelia: Carlos Felipe Rodríguez, Carlos Guzmán, Rodrigo Godínez, Joel Huiqui, Carlos Morales (José Antonio Olvera 90′), Hamilton Pereira, Luis Silva, Armando Zamorano (Miguel Ángel Sansores 82′), Christian Valdez, Óscar Fernández, Duvier Riascos (Víctor Emmanuel Guajardo 77′). 

Atlas vs Tigres UANL – Jornada 1

atlas tigresAtlas and Tigres played out the first draw of the Apertura in a game where neither team showed much going forward. Atlas was unable to take advantage of playing at home, nor of playing against ten men after the expulsion of Marco Rubén in the second half.

In the first twenty minutes, Tigres looked the more dangerous side, with Emanuel Villa, Marco Rubén and Egidio Arévalo all finding their away through the Zorros’ defense. Nevertheless, the universitarios were unable to find any sort of end result. Atlas took control of the ball after that, but with very little impetus.

In the second half, Tigres once again looked marginally more threatening, but both teams seemed content to settle for the scoreless draw, even after Tigres was reduced to ten men in the 71st when Marco Rubén received his second yellow card of the night. It wasn’t until the very last minutes of the game when the two teams began to show signs of breaking the deadlock, and by then it was too little, too late.

Perhaps the most interesting part of this game was the fact that Atlas played Arturo González, who is embroiled in a transfer dispute between Atlas and Tigres.

Highlights

Lineups

Atlas: Federico Vilar, Luis Venegas, Edgar Castillo, Enrique Pérez, Facundo Erpen, Maikón Leite (Edy Brambila 68′), Arturo Alfonso González (Juan Carlos Medina 79′), Rodrigo Millar, Amaury Ponce (Edson Rivera 78′), Enrique Esqueda, Luis Nery Caballer

Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Jorge Iván Estrada, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Guido Pizarro, Marco Rubén, Egidio Arévalo, Hernán Darío Burbano (Luis Genaro Castillo 90′), José Francisco Torres (Gerardo Lugo 67′), Emanuel Villa (Hérculez Gómez 73′). 

León vs América – Jornada 1

leon americaThe reigning champions were unable to get their season off to a winning start, falling at home to Club América, 1-2.

América won thanks to a brace from Osvaldo Martínez, but the first goal came about in large part due to the work of Oribe Peralta, who was making his debut with the Águilas. Peralta won the ball outside the box and took it into the area; although his shot was blocked by a sliding Nacho González, the ball fell nicely for Martínez, who put it away in the 19th minute.

Martínez would also have to share the credit for his second goal, which came in the 37th minute from a free kick. William Yarbrough elected to catch rather than punch the ball, but his momentum carried him backwards into his own goal – still holding the ball. By the time he tried to throw it away, it was already much too late; he had carried the ball over the line and América had a 2-0 lead.

In the second half, América conceded the initiative to León while coach Antonio Mohamed played around with his team’s tactical formation. The Águilas had started the game with a five-man back line, which Mohamed then changed to the standard back four before returning to a back five shortly afterwards.

In the 82nd minute, León was given a lifeline to get back into the game when Juan Carlos “Topo” Valenzuela fouled Yamilson Rivera in the box. Referee Fernando Guerrero pointed to the penalty spot, and Mauro Boselli stepped up. Moisés Muñoz saved Boselli’s shot, sending it to his right, but in the ensuing scramble for the loose ball Pablo Aguilar fouled Marco Caicedo, and Guerrero pointed to the spot once again.

Boselli stepped up again and sent his kick to the same side, but this time he beat Muñoz, reducing León’s deficit to just one goal. It was the 84th minute by this point, though, and León was unable to go on and find an equalizer. América picked up their first three points of the season with the 1-2 win.

Highlights

Lineups

León: William Yarbrough, Jonny Magallón, Rafael Márquez, Juan Ignacio González, Edwin Hernández (José Ruíz 88′), Elías Hernández, Carlos Peña, Juan José Vázquez, José María Cárdenas (Marcos Caicedo 61′), Mauro Boselli, Mauricio Castañeda (Alexis Rivera 46′).

América: Moisés Muñoz, Paul Aguilar, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Paolo Goltz, Pablo Aguilar, Miguel Layún (Jesús Molina 46′), Osvaldo Martínez (Osmar Mares 57′), José Daniel Guerrero, Rubens Sambueza, Oribe Peralta, Luis Gabriel Rey (Raúl Jiménez 60′).