Liga MX Women Apertura 2017 Calendar Released

As part of the schedule unveilings last week, the league also released the Liga MX Women Apertura 2017 schedule. After a short inaugural tournament, they will play what looks like a full year schedule-they will follow the U-15 structure, meaning the 16 teams will play a 14 game schedule. The teams will be divided into 2 groups of 8-the top 2 teams in each group will advance to the playoffs. Most games will be on Fridays & Saturdays except Monterrey home games, which will be on Sundays. The season starts July 28 with inaugural defending champion Pachuca at Pumas, with the playoff semifinals on November 4 & 11. The Finals will be November 18 & 25.

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Apertura 2017 Schedule Released

The league today released the entire Apertura 2017 Tournament schedule. Among the highlights:
The newly promoted Lobos will host Santos in their first Liga MX game in Round 1 on July 22. Their first road game is Round 2 at Queretaro. Lobos has yet to finalize their TV deal for home games.
If you’re looking forward to the eventual Tigres-Guadalajara rematch-to-be, you’ll be waiting a while. They won’t play again (after the Campeon de Campeones) until Round 12, when the Chivas visit Tigres on September 30.
Round 6 & 11 will be played on Tuesdays & Wednesdays. In fact, the first 6-7 weeks will see games almost every day due to COPA MX games. There will be a week off between Rounds 7 & 8 for a pair of Mexican National Team games. Same for between Rounds 12 & 13, as well as between Rounds 16 & 17, the last ones being World Cop Qualifiers.
The Apertura COPA MX Final will be November 2.
The Gran Fiesta (playoffs) begins November 22. The Gran Final will be December 7 & 10, unless Pachuca reaches the finals. If that happens, the finals will be pushed back to December 20 & 23 due to their participating in the Club World Cup.

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(Very Early) Promotion Watch: Ascenso MX Pre-Season Presser Highlights

Earlier this past week, after the Ordinary Assembly meeting, Liga MX President Enrique Bonilla held a press conference to discuss the upcoming Ascenso MX season. Some notable highlights:
The Apertura 2017 Tournament will only have 17 teams instead of the usual 18-Club Tlaxcala has been removed from the league for failure to comply with the Rules of Affiliation, Name & Headquarters. They have until December to get in compliance to be reinstated for next tournament and the 2018-2019 season.
There also were team name changes & relocations-Club Coras has left the city of Tepec an will be known as Atletico Zacatepec for this upcoming season. Atletico San Luis, under new ownership, will now be known as Atletico De San Luis.
With regards to the debts owed by newly-demoted Chiapas Jaguares, Bonilla stated they have until this Tuesday to resolve their issues-as do all teams for both national & international debts. If they fail, they will not be able to participate in the upcoming transfer period.
The 17 teams for the upcoming Apertura tournament: Alebrijes de Oaxaca, Atlante, Cafetaleros, Celaya, Atletico Zacatepec, Dorados de Sinaloa, Correcaminos, Cimmarones de Sonora, Bravos de Juarez, Jaguares, Mineros de Zacatecas, Murcielagos, TM Futbol, Potros UAEM, Leones Negros, Venados, Atletico De San Luis.
The Apertura tournament starts July 21, the Clausura 2018 starts January 5. The Grand Championship, where the winner will be promoted to Liga MX for 2018-19, will be May 12, 2018.

Disciplinary Report: Clausura 2017 Finals Game 2

The Disciplinary Commission released a brief statement today regarding sanctions & warnings from the Clausura 2017 Finals Game 2. There were no suspensions or sanctions of players, only Amarillas, which are now irrelevant as the season is over, but Tigres has been fined an undisclosed amount for several players disrespecting the awards protocol after the game.

Pumas Signs Partnership With Venados FC

UNAM Pumas today announced they have signed a sports agreement deal with Venados FC, currently playing in Ascenso MX. Through this deal, Pumas will loan some of their younger players to Venados to gain a better playing & developmental experience than most or all are currently getting in the U-20 division, but also allowing them to live in Merida, in the Yucatan Peninsula, considered one of the best cities in Mexico in terms of quality of life. This is the start of a medium-to-long-term agreement between the clubs that will allow better development & competition for the young players but also help reduce the Venados operating expenses in the area, which is considered a win-win for all parties involved.

Source: Universidad Nacional/Pumas press release

Discipinary Commission Ruling

The Disciplinary Commission today announced the results of its outcome of investigations into actions between Guadalajara’s Miguel Ponce & Tigres’ Jesus Duenas in Game 2 of the Clausura 2017 Championship last weekend. Both players received the same punishments-1 Game Suspension & undisclosed fines. That means, presumably, both will sit out the upcoming rematch in the Campeon de Campeones.

Nestor Araujo Injured In Exhibition Game

During the Mexican National Team’s exhibition game vs. Croatia this past weekend, Mexican striker Nestor Araujo suffered a fractured fourth metacarpal of his right hand. He was hospitalized and had successful surgery yesterday. It’s not known how long he will be out but he is expected to begin rehab in one week. Hopefully he will be ready in time for the new Liga MX year that begins in about 6-7 weeks. Araujo played for Santos this past year.

Source: Santos Laguna press release