In memory of the victims of the 9/7/17 earthquake in southern Mexico. Also extended to include the victims of the 9/19/17 earthquake in central Mexico. My thoughts and prayers are with all in the region and the families of the victims.

 

Q.E.P.D.

September 19, 2017

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Information Regarding This Weekend’s Schedule (Updated 9/20/17)

In the wake of the incredibly powerful 8.1 (catastrophic) earthquake that struck just off the southern Mexico coast late Thursday night (early Friday Eastern US Time), the league announced that, following consultations with all authorities in areas hardest hit that have stadiums, all Liga MX, Ascenso MX and Liga MX Women games this weekend will be held as scheduled. It should be noted that Veracruz, one of the harder hit areas, is at America this weekend (and thus is in Mexico City) so they were not in the worst of the quake. Also near the epicenter was Chiapas state, although Jaguares are not in Ascenso MX this tournament due to various financial issues.

The League also announced a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the earthquake (nearly 60 dead as of this post) will be held before every game this weekend.

UPDATE: Tonight’s Atlas-Tigres game has been POSTPONED. It will be made up in November, but no specific date was announced beyond it likely being during off time.

9/19 UPDATE: Following another devastating earthquake today, this one a 7.1 in central Mexico, there likely will be more schedule adjustments for this weekend. There has been one change already for tonight-a COPA MX game between America & Cruz Azul has been POSTPONED. It is expected to be rescheduled later this week or next week.

9/20 UPDATE: ALL games at all levels this weekend have been POSTPONED. They will be rescheduled as follows:
Liga MX Week 10-October 17 & 18
Liga MX Women Week 9-October 17 & 18
Ascenso MX Week 9-October 6-8

As of right now, Liga MX Apertura 2017 Week 11 is still on for September 26 & 27.

Disciplinary Report: Women’s Apertura 2017 Week 8

The Disciplinary Commission has published the list of sanctions & warnings from Women’s Apertura 2017 Week 8. There was one ejection-Queretaro head coach Marco Zamora was tossed for constantly complaining about officiating and thus will sit out the next game.

The full list, all Amarillas are for unsportsmanlike conduct unless otherwise noted:
America
Amarillas-Aurora Santiago (dissent by word or action)

Atlas
Nil

Tijuana
Nil

Cruz Azul
Nil

Queretaro
Amarillas-Nil
Rojas-Marco Zamora (head coach-constant complaints/protests about officiating), 1 Game Suspension

Guadalajara
Amarillas-Guadalupe Sanchez, Brenda Viramontes, Norma Duarte

Leon
Amarillas-Maria Rangel

Morelia
Nil

Necaxa
Nil

Pachuca
Amarillas-Jaquelin Garcia, Lizbeth Mercado, Lizbeth Perez

Monterrey
Amarillas-Hilary Garcia

Santos
Amarillas-Yabaira Flores

Veracruz
Nil

Tigres
Nil

Toluca
Nil

Pumas
Amarillas-Dania Padilla (delay of game)

Various League News 9/19/17

There has been a lot of news today that broke before the major earthquake struck central Mexico, here’s what has been going on so far:
Due to the quake, tonight’s America-Cruz Azul COPA MX game has been POSTPONED. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

In a potentially serious blow to the rest of their first year in Liga MX, Lobos announced that top scorer Julian Quinones has basically been suspended indefinitely for “not meeting the profile required by the team”. He leads Lobos with 6 goals through 8 games but was not on the roster this past weekend.

Lobos also announced Luis Quinones has not been practicing and may miss time due to injury.

In a press release from the club today, Santos announced that head coach Jose Manuel De La Torre has been fired. While it was based on more than results, Santos is 1-3-5 through 9 games and is coming off a loss where they had 3 players ejected. In fact, since the start of the Clausura 2017 Santos’ regular season record in those 26 games is only 4-4-18. No replacement was immediately named.

And the Santos woes may not be over-the Disciplinary Commission announced Santos player Jonathan Rodriguez is under investigation for allegedly making obscene gestures to fans in Santos’ loss at Cruz Azul. More when/if it becomes available.

Disciplinary Report: Apertura 2017 Week 9

The Disciplinary Commission has published the full list of sanctions & warnings from Apertura 2017 Week 9. There were 5 ejections, 3 of them just from Santos, and notably was Julio Furch getting a 2 game suspension for violent behavior. All others were 1 game. Also, Pumas’ Joffre Guerron became the first player to accumulate 5 Amarillas so far this tournament, so he is also suspended 1 game.
Finally, Lobos was sanctioned with an undisclosed penalty for not wearing the previously designated uniforms for its game at Veracruz.

The full list, all Amarillas are for unsportsmanlike conduct unless otherwise noted:
America
Amarillas-Miguel Samudio, Cecilio Dominguez (dissent by word or action), Oribe Peralta, Guido Rodriguez
Rojas-Miguel Samudio (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension

Atlas
Amarillas-Javier Salas, Facundo Erpen

Tijuana
Amarillas-Damian Musto, Miler Bolanos (dissent by word or action), Gustavo Bou
Rojas-Damian Musto (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension

Cruz Azul
Amarillas-Enzo Roco Roco, Jordan Silva

Queretaro
Amarillas-Aldo Arellano, Erbin Trejo, Jaime Valencia

Guadalajara
Nil

Leon
Amarillas-Jose Rodriguez (not respecting required distance on a corner kick or free kick), Andres Moquera

Lobos
Amarillas-Eduardo Tercero, Juan Medina, Luis Piers, Francisco Rodriguez

Morelia
Amarillas-Emanuel Loeschbor (dissent by word or action), Carlos Guzman, Sebastian Vegas

Necaxa
Amarillas-Jairo Gonzalez, Manuel Iturra

Pachuca
Amarillas-Omar Gonzalez, Oscar Murillo

Puebla
Amarillas-Lucas Cavallini

Monterrey
Amarillas-Jose Basanta (repeated rule violations), Leonel Vangioni

Leon
Amarillas-Jorge Sanchez, Osvaldo Martinez (dissent by word or action), Jorge Tavares, Ventura Alvarado, Carlos Izquierdoz (dissent by word or action)
Rojas-Walter Sandoval (guilty of serious foul play), 1 Game Suspension, Jorge Sanchez (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension, Julio Furch (guilty of violent behavior), 2 Game Suspension

Veracruz
Amarillas-Jose Velazquez, Adrian Luna

Tigres
Amarillas-Enner Valencia, Jorge Torres, Nahuel Guzman (dissent by word or action), Jesus Duenas (dissent by word or action)

Toluca
Amarillas-Rafael Gomez, Adrian Martinez, Efrain Velarde

Pumas
Amarillas-Marcelo Diaz, Alfredo Medina (delay of game), Abraham Gonzalez, Joffre Guerron
Rojas-Joffre Guerron (5 Amarillas in same tournament), 1 Game Suspension

Women’s Apertura 2017 Week 8 Results

Results from Women’s Apertura Week 8 as the second half got underway:
Toluca 1, at Cruz Azul 0
Guadalajara 1, at Atlas 1
Monterrey 2, at Necaxa 2
at Leon 5, Santos 2
America 2, at Tijuana 2
Morelia 1, at Veracruz 0
Pachuca 1, at Pumas 1
at Tigres 4, Queretaro 0

In Group A, America maintains their 3 point lead over Pachuca for the top spot, but Pachuca’s loss last week has allowed Toluca to get to only one point out of the second playoff spot. Pumas remains 4th with 12 points, followed by 5th-place Tijuana with 11 points. Morelia is still 6th with 9 points followed by Cruz Azul with 6 points. Veracruz remains winless & pointless and will be out of playoff contention if they don’t get a point next time out-good luck there because they get Pachuca.
In Group B, Tigres maintains the top-spot tiebreaker over Monterrey by virtue of a ridiculous +27 goal differential, and they gained a little ground because of the Guadalajara-Atlas tie, which kept them 3 & 6 points out, respectively. Leon moved up to 5th with 9 points, ahead of 6th place Queretaro with 7 points. In 7th is Necaxa with 5 points, Santos is last with 4 points. A Tigres win and a Monterrey next week eliminates Santos from playoff contention, while Necaxa would be out with said wins and a loss or tie.
Tigres continues to dominate all the stat categories, while Lucero Cuevas continues to lead Tigres and the league with 11 goals after 2 more this week.

In Week 9, Tigres-Guadalajara is the game to watch as it could make Group B a 3-way race. America plays Cruz Azul and will need to win to keep the Greoup A lead given Pachuca all but has a walkover in Veracruz.

Apertura 2017 Week 9 Results: Lobos 1, Veracruz 0

The final game of week 9 had Lobos visiting Veracruz looking to end their 5-game winless streak and get their first win since Week 3. It took until near the end but they succeeded, edging out Veracruz 1-0. The only goal was scored by Amaury Escoto in the 83rd minute.

Game Stats:
Goals-Amaury Escoto (Lobos, 83′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Lobos 2, Veracruz 1
Amarillas-Lobos 4 (Eduardo Tercero, 14′, Luis Piers, 32′, Juan Medina, 64′, Francisco Rodriguez, 90+1′), Veracruz 2 (Jose Velazquez, 16′, Adrian Luna, 50′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente, Boca Del Rio, Veracruz
Attendance: 11,837 (41.2% capacity)

Next up:
Veracruz-at Tigres (8/23)
Lobos-Tijuana (8/23)

Apertura 2017 Week 9 Results: Toluca 3, Queretaro 2

The Sunday doubleheader today began with Toluca hosting Queretaro in the morning matinee. Both sides wound up turning in maybe the best half of the entire tournament, which ended how the game did-with Toluca holding on for a 3-2 win. The fun began when Pedro Canelo scored to give Toluca a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute…then as soon as play resumed-just 40 seconds later-Canelo scored AGAIN! He took advantage of Queretaro being mentally off after being denied what they thought was a Fuera de Lugar on the first goal and made the second one look easy. 4 minutes later Fernando Uribe headed in Toluca’s 3rd goal on a free kick to make it 3-0 and all but put it away early. But in the 39th minute Toluca allowed Queretaro a PENAL! Erbin Trejo converted to cut the lead to 3-1, and 5 minutes after that Everaldo Stum headed in a goal to get Queretaro to 3-2. Trejo was given another PENAL! at the start of the second half but this time he failed to score, and that somehow was how it ended. If you missed the first half of this game, you missed some very exciting futbol.

Game Stats:
Goals-Pedro Canelo 2 (Toluca, 25′, 26′, 2nd of tournament), Fernando Uribe (Toluca, 30′, 4th of tournament), Erbin Trejo (Queretaro, 39′, 1st of tournament, Penalty Kick), Everaldo Stum (Queretaro, 44′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Toluca 6, Queretaro 4
Amarillas-Queretaro 3 (Aldo Arellano, 31′, Jaime Gomez, 43′, Trejo, 49′), Toluca 3 (Rodrigo Gomez, 42′, Antonio Rios, 49′, Efrain Velarde, 90+4′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca
Attendance: 19,624 (63.3% capacity)

Next up:
Toluca-at Pachuca (9/23)
Queretaro-Cruz Azul (9/23)

Apertura 2017 Week 9 Results: Guadalajara 1, Pumas 1

One week after finally getting their first win of the year, Guadalajara hosted the slumping Pumas looking for their first win streak of the new year. The Chivas certainly put in the effort but only managed a 1-1 tie. Pumas took an early lead on a Gerardo Alcoba goal in the 34th minute, and the Pumas defense kept Guadalajara off the board except for a Jose Godinez goal in the 60th minute. The end result was the first time Pumas played to a tie this year (and, like this time last tournament, appears to be their first game this year without leading scorer Nicolas Castillo), which still leaves them in a tie for last, while the Chivas remain 4 points out of the playoff picture ahead of a tough task next week-this tournament’s installment of El Superclasico at America.

Game Stats:
Goals-Gerardo Alcoba (Pumas, 34′, 1st of tournament), Jose Godinez (Guadalajara, 60′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Guadalajara 5
Corner Kicks-Guadalajara 7, Pumas 1
Amarillas-Pumas 4 (Marcelo Diaz, 19′, Abraham Gonzalez, 45′, Joffre Guerron, 71′, Alfredo Saldivar, 77′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Jalisco
Attendance: 35,013 (77.1% capacity)

Next up:
Guadalajara-at America (8/23)
Pumas-Leon (8/24)