Apertura 2017 Playoffs: Results & Schedule (Updated)

With Week 17 now in the books, we now have our Playoff teams and matchups set and we are ready for the Apertura 2017 Gran Fiesta! Below are the Quarterfinal pairings, as of 11/22 this post will be updated regularly with results & upcoming games:

#1 Monterrey vs. #8 Atlas
Game 1: 11/23 9:30 PM (7:30 PM PT/10:30 PM ET) at Atlas
Game 2: 11/26 6 PM (4 PM PT/7 PM ET) at Monterrey
Monterrey won their regular season meeting 2-1 at home. Game 1 will be at Atlas. Monterrey’s road record and Atlas’ home record were both the same: 3-2-3. Game 2 will be at Monterrey, where Monterrey’s home record was 8-0-1. Atlas’ road record was 4-4-1.

#2 Tigres vs. #7 Leon
Game 1: at Leon 1, Tigres 1
Game 2: 11/25 7 PM (5 PM PT/8 PM PT) at Tigres
Leon won their regular season meeting 1-0 at home. Game 1 will be at Leon, where Leon’s home record was 4-4-1. Tigres’ road record was 2-3-4. Game 2 will be at Tigres, where Tigres’ home record was 7-0-1. Leon’s road record was 4-3-1. Tigres are the 2-time defending Apertura and league champions.

#3 America vs. #6 Cruz Azul
Game 1: 11/23 7:30 PM (5:30 PM PT/8:30 PM ET) at Cruz Azul
Game 2: 11/26 8 PM (6 PM PT/9 PM ET) at America
America won their regular season meeting 3-1 on the road. Game 1 will be at Cruz Azul, where Cruz Azul’s home record was 3-2-3. America’s road record was 6-3-1. Game 2 will be at America, where America’s home record was 3-2-2. Cruz Azul’s road record was 4-2-3.

#4 Morelia vs. #5 Toluca
Game 1: at Toluca 2, Morelia 1
Game 2: 11/25 7 PM (5 PM PT/8 PM ET) at Morelia
Morelia won their regular season meeting 1-0 on the road. Game 1 will be at Toluca, where Toluca’s home record was 7-2-1. Morelia’s road record was 6-2-1. Game 2 will be at Morelia, where Morelia’s home record was 2-2-4. Toluca’s road record was 1-2-4.

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Women’s Apertura 2017 Playoffs: Results & Schedule

The Women’s Apertura 2017 playoffs are underway, the top 2 teams from each group advanced to the semifinals with the winners meeting in the finals. The schedule & results:
Group 1 Winner vs. Group 2 2nd Place-America vs. Guadalajara
Game 1-at Guadalajara 4, America 2
Game 2-Guadalajara 2, at America 2
Guadalajara wins 6-4

Group 2 Winner vs. Group 1 2nd Place-Tigres vs. Pachuca
Game 1-at Pachuca 4, Tigres 0
Game 2-at Tigres 3, Pachuca 0
Pachuca wins 4-3

Finals: Guadalajara vs. Pachuca
Game 1-at Pachuca 2, Guadalajara 0
Game 2-11/24 8:06 PM (6:06 PM PT/9:06 PM ET) at Guadalajara
TV: Fox Sports (Mexico)
If tied after 2 games, there will be no tiebreaker. Penalty Kicks will determine champion

Apertura 2017 Quarterfinals Game 1 Results: Leon 1, Tigres 1

The second half of tonight’s playoff doubleheader was the first game of the 2-7 matchup, that being Tigres continuing it’s 3-peat quest at Leon. On paper the champs dominated, but on the scoreboard the result was a 1-1 tie. After a scoreless first half, Mauro Boselli put Leon ahead with a 57th minute goal, while Tigres pulled even on an Eduardo Vargas goal in the 74th minute. The result sets up a winner-take-all Game 2, but if it’s another 1-1 tie they will likely need extra time or penalty kicks to settle it.

Game Stats:
Goals-Mauro Boselli (Leon, 57′, 1st of playoffs), Eduardo Vargas (Tigres, 74′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 3
Corner Kicks-Tigres 3
Amarillas-Leon 2 (Alexander Mejia, 40′, Juan Gonzalez, 90′), Tigres 1 (Rafael de Souza, 52′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Nou Camp, Leon, Guanajuato
Attendance: 15,005 (47.9% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Saturday at Tigres

Apertura 2017 Quarterfinals Game 1 Results: Toluca 2, Morelia 1

The Apertura 2017 Gran Fiesta kicked off earlier tonight, with Game 1 of the 4-5 matchup, Toluca vs. Morelia. It looked like Morelia was going to steal a huge win on the road, but Toluca saved the best for last and rallied to stun Morelia 2-1 at home. The game was scoreless for the first hour-plus until Toluca made the grave mistake of giving Raul Ruidiaz a PENAL! in the 65th minute, which of course was converted for a 1-0 Morelia lead. But with regular time about to expire, Fernando Uribe saved the day with a 90th minute goal for Toluca to tie the game, then in the 4 minutes of extra time Pablo Barrientos scored the go-ahead goal for the home team. While Toluca will take an overall lead into Game 2, Morelia did get an important away goal for the early tiebreaker advantage-but they still have to win in order to have any chance to advance, and if Toluca scores a very rare away goal (they only scored 4 all season on the road in 7 games) then Morelia must win by at least 2 goals to advance. But given Toluca was the worst team on the road in the regular season, Morelia still, on paper at least, has the advantage.

Game Stats:
Goals-Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia, 65′, 1st of playoffs, Penalty Kick), Fernando Uribe (Toluca, 90′, 1st of playoffs), Pablo Barrientos (Toluca, 90+2′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Toluca 5, Morelia 2
Corner Kicks-Toluca 4, Morelia 4
Amarillas-Morelia 2 (Mario Osuna, 61′, Aldo Rocha, 76′), Toluca 1 (Jesus Mendez, 47′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca
Attendance: 15,799 (50.9% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Saturday at Morelia

Women’s Apertura 2017 Finals Game 1 Results: Pachuca 2, Guadalajara 0

The Women’s Apertura 2017 Gran Final began last night with Game 1 of Pachuca vs. Guadalajara. In what was another record-setting night for the women, especially in the stands, the Tuzas moved one step closer to remaining the only league champions to date with a 2-0 win at home. Lizbeth Angeles scored the first Pachuca goal in the 39th minute, then in the second half Monica Ocampo added an insurance score in the 67th minute. The game also set another new attendance record for the women as 28,955 fans packed Estadio Hidalgo to well over capacity, breaking the record of 25,000 set in week 7 when Leon played Guadalajara. There’s a chance the Chivas could break that record in the second game. With this result, if Pachuca wins Game 2, loses by only 1 goal or the game is a tie they will be the Apertura 2017 Champions. If Guadalajara wins Game 2 by at least 3 goals they will be the Champions. If Guadalajara wins by 2 goals, penalty kicks will decide it.

Game Stats:
Goals-Lizbeth Angeles (Pachuca, 39′), Monica Ocampo (Pachuca, 67′)
Shots on Goal-Pachuca 5, Guadalajara 2
Corner Kicks-Pachuca 5, Guadalajara 1
Amarillas-Nil
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Hidalgo, Pachuca de Soto, Hidalgo
Attendance: 28,955 (105.2% capacity)-SELLOUT; NEW LEAGUE SINGLE-GAME RECORD

Next up: Game 2 Friday at Guadalajara

Disciplinary Report: Apertura 2017 Week 17

The Disciplinary Commission has published the list of sanctions & warnings from Apertura 2017 Week 17. .There were 5 ejections & 6 total suspensions-all were from teams that missed the playoffs so they all will sit out the start of the Clausura 2018 as a result: Yerson Candelo (Queretaro) & Francisco Torres (Puebla) each are benched for serious foul play, while Candelo’s teammate Paolo Yrizar (Queretaro) was tossed for violent behavior. Veracruz also lost 2 players-Lucas Rodriguez for 2 Amarillas and Christian Valdez for offensive language/gestures (the Veracruz team was very foul-mouthed, as they got FIVE Amarillas for dissent by word or action). And a second Puebla player, while not ejected, is also suspended-Lucas Cavallini was the last member of this half’s 5 Amarillas club so he is out a game. Perhaps unsurprisingly, fellow club member Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres) was not suspended. But those warnings are now meaningless as the totals reset with the regular season over.

The full list, all Amarillas are for unsportsmanlike conduct unless otherwise noted:
America
Amarillas-Bruno Valdez, Oribe Peralta

Atlas
Amarillas-Christian Tabo, Javier Salas

Tijuana
Amarillas-Victor Malcorra, Juan Lucero, Damian Musto (dissent by word or action)

Cruz Azul
Amarillas-Gabriel Penalba

Queretaro
Amarillas-Everaldo Stum (repeat rule violations), Aldo Arellano, Camilo Da Silva, Yerson Candelo
Rojas-Yerson Candelo (guilty of serious foul play), 1 Game Suspension, Paolo Yrizar (guilty of violent behavior), 1 Game Suspension

Guadalajara
Amarillas-Rodolfo Pizarro, Hedgardo Arroyo

Leon
Nil

Lobos
Amarillas-Francisco Rodriguez, Julian Quinones (delay of game), Jonathan Fabbro

Morelia
Amarillas-Aldo Rocha, Mario Osuna

Necaxa
Amarillas-Igor Lichnovsky, Luis Perez

Pachuca
Amarillas-Jose Martinez, Erick Sanchez

Puebla
Amarillas-Alonso Zamora
Rojas-Francisco Torres (guilty of serious foul play), 1 Game Suspension, Lucas Cavallini (5 Amarillas in same tournament), 1 Game Suspension

Monterrey
Amarillas-Neri Cardozo, Jonathan Rodriguez, Rogelio Funes Mori, John Medina

Santos
Amarillas-Osvaldo Martinez, Nestor Araujo

Veracruz
Amarillas-Leonardo Velazquez (dissent by word or action), Lucas Rodriguez (dissent by word or action), Jesus Paganoni (dissent by word or action), Sergio Garcia (dissent by word or action), Guido Milan, Cristian Pellerano (dissent by word or action)
Rojas-Lucas Rodriguez (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension, Christian Valdez (use offensive, insulting or humiliating language and/or gestures), 1 Game Suspension

Tigres
Amarillas-Rafael Pereira, Anselmo Junior

Toluca
Amarillas-Rubens Sambueza

Pumas
Amarillas-Marcelo Diaz, David Cabrera, Alan Mendoza (repeated rule violations), Rodrigo Gonzalez

Apertura 2017 Week 17 Results: America 1, Santos 0

The Apertura 2017 regular season came to a close tonight with Santos hosting America in the final game, the outcome of which would finalize the 2 unsettled playoff pairings. After a near-stalemate throughout, America got a late breakthrough to take a 1-0 victory on the road. Guido Rodriguez ended, stat-wise, a very disappointing first half with his first and only goal of the tournament in the 80th minute. On paper he was a bust of sorts after leaving Tijuana after 6 goals and Defensive Player of the Year honors to follow old coach Miguel Herrera to America. Rodriguez’s first half line: 13 games, 1 goal, 5 Amarillas, 2 Rojas.
As a result, America will finish the regular season 3rd and will play Mexico City rival Cruz Azul in the Quarterfinals, while the 4-5 matchup will be Morelia-Toluca.

Game Stats:
Goals-Guido Rodriguez (America, 80′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-America 1, Santos 1
Corner Kicks-Santos 6, America 4
Amarillas-Santos 2 (Osvaldo Martinez, 38′, Nestor Araujo, 68′), America 2 (Bruno Valdez, 56′, Oribe Peralta, 83′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: 27,849 (95.2% capacity)

Next up:
America-Cruz Azul in quarterfinals
Santos-Clausura 2018 Tournament

Apertura 2017 Week 17 Results: Toluca 3, Tijuana 1

In the first half of the season-ending Week 17 Sunday doubleheader, Toluca hosted Tijuana with a little less pressure thanks to clinching a playoff spot last night when Necaxa lost. As their home-dominant self this year so far, Toluca still would’ve gotten in today anyway thanks to an easy 3-1 win. Fernando Uribe scored 2 first half goals to give Toluca a 2-0 lead at halftime, and Jesus Mendez added a 3rd goal on a free kick in the 54th minute. Only a Gustavo Bou goal in the 57th minute spoiled a potential shutout. With the win, Toluca moves up to 4th in the standings for now, and will wait for today’s regular season finale between Santos & America to see where they wind up. If America loses or ties, Toluca will finish 4th and play America. If America wins, Toluca will be 5th and play Morelia.

Game Stats:
Goals-Fernando Uribe 2 (Toluca, 25′, 43′, 8th of tournament), Jesus Mendez (Toluca, 54′, 1st of tournament), Gustavo Bou (Tijuana, 57′, 7th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Tijuana 1
Corner Kicks-Tijuana 5, Toluca 2
Amarillas-Tijuana 2 (Victor Malcorra, 51′, Juan Lucero, 78′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca
Attendance: 20,269 (65,3% capacity)

Next up:
Toluca-TBA vs. America or Morelia in quarterfinals
Tijuana-Clausura 2018 Tournament