Clausura 2018 Schedule Announced

The countdown to the second half is now underway-the league unveiled the full Clausura 2018 Tournament schedule today. Among the major dates & highlights:
The tournament begins January 5. Week 1 begins with Tigres at Puebla on 1/5 at 7 PM (5 PM PT/8 PM ET).

There will be one midweek slate, Week 7 will be played on 2/13 & 2/14.

The regular season will conclude on 4/29. The playoffs will then begin on 5/2, culminating in the Gran Final on 5/17 & 5/20.

The first of the Clasicos happens in Week 3 with Pumas vs. America on 1/21, then Guadalajara-America in Week 10, America-Cruz Azul in Week 13, Atlas-Guadalajara in Week 16, and finally the best perhaps last again, Tigres-Monterrey in Week 17.

The Demotion Watch plays out in Week 5 with Queretaro-Veracruz, the loser could be well on their way down after the tournament.

There is only one off week this tournament, coming between Weeks 12 & 13 for Mexican National Team games.

Click here for the full schedule (in Spanish):
https://s3.amazonaws.com/lmxwebsite/docs/publicaciones/ligamx/CLMXC18_12122017.pdf

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Apertura 2017 Finals Game 2 Results: Tigres 2, Monterrey 1

The Apertura 2017 Gran Final is now in the books, and the winner…and now the 3-TIME CHAMPION, is Tigres after handing Monterrey their first and only loss at home this half 2-1. Monterrey took the early quick lead on Dorlan Pabon’s 2nd minute goal, but Eduardo Vargas & Francisco Meza scored unanswered goals in the 29th & 33rd minute, while sealing the win when Aviles Hurtado was denied on a PENAL! in the 82nd minute. Monterrey had 6+ minutes of extra time to tie it up but may have been done in near the end when Neri Cardozo drew a Rojas! HE GONE! That means he starts the second half on the sidelines. Amazingly, that was the only card issued in the game. As a result, Tigres wins by a 3-2 margin and claims their 3rd straight Apertura Championship and will go for the league 3-peat next summer. All is not lost for the Rayados though, they still can win some hardware as they will play Pachuca in a couple weeks for the COPA MX Apertura 2017 title, but the big one eludes them yet again.

Game Stats:
Goals-Dorlan Pabon (Monterrey, 2′, 1st of playoffs), Eduardo Vargas (Tigres, 29′, 1st of playoffs), Francisco Meza (Tigres, 33′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Monterrey 2, Tigres 1
Corner Kicks-Monterrey 7, Tigres 3
Amarillas-Nil
Rojas-Monterrey 1 (Neri Cardozo, 90+5′)

Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 52,067 (101.4% capacity)-SELLOUT

Next up: Clausura 2018 Tournament

Diego Cocca-New Tijuana Head Coach

Ahead of the Gran Final kickoff Thursday, Tijuana introduced their 3rd head coach in just a year-Diego Martin Cocca takes over the Xolos for the Clausura 2018 Tournament. Cocca replaces Eduardo Coudet, who who was fired after only 15 games (before Week 16) replacing Miguel Herrera, who left the club for America. Cocca, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, comes to Tijuana from Argentina’s Racing Club team where he won an Argentina First Division Championship in 2014. He coached in Argentina most of the last decade, leaving briefly for Colombia before returning to Racing Club to start this year. He began his soccer career as a player in 1991, debuting in Argentina at age 19 and playing around the world over 15 years including parts of 6 years in Liga MX (Atlas, 1999-2001; Veracruz, 2003-04; Queretaro, 2005) before retiring in 2006 back in Argentina. Cocca will also have several new staff joining him in Tijuana-Mauro Nestor Gerk as assistant coach and Leonardo Javier Bustos & Renso Valinoti as trainers.

Source: Club Tijuana press release

Disciplinary Report: Apertura 2017 Finals Game 1

The Disciplinary Commission has published the list of sanctions & warnings from the Apertura 2017 Gran Final Game 1. As noted in the results there were 2 ejections, one from each team: Monterrey’s Leonel Vangioni & Tigres’ Hugo Ayala each got 2 Amarillas and will sit out Game 2, ending their seasons. There were 12 total cards issued.

The list, all Amarillas are for unsportsmanlike conduct unless otherwise noted:
Monterrey
Amarillas-Jose Basanta, John Medina (repeat rule violations), Jesus Molina, Carlos Sanchez (dissent by word or action), Rogelio Funes Mori, Leonel Vangioni
Rojas-Leonel Vangioni (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension

Tigres
Amarillas-Hugo Ayala, Jesus Duenas, Luis Rodriguez (repeat rule violations), Nahuel Guzman (dissent by word or action)
Rojas-Hugo Ayala (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension

Apertura 2017 Finals Game 1 Results: Tigres 1, Monterrey 1

Game 1 of the Apertura 2017 Finals has just reached halftime, more to come later but at the halfway point Tigres & Monterrey are tied at 1-1. Monterrey’s goal came on a Nicolas Sanchez corner kick header in the 7th minute, while Tigres tied it up on a Enner Valencia PENAL! in the 25th minute after Rogelio Funes Mori drew one of the 2 Amarillas by Monterrey so far (Tigres also has 2).

UPDATE: And that’s how it ended. 1-1. Lots of Amarillas in the second half and more in the final 10 minutes-in the 87th minute Monterrey’s Leonel Vangioni picked up the first Rojas! HE GONE! Not to be outdone, 4 minutes later TIgres’ Hugo Ayala picked up his own Rojas! HE GONE! Both players’ finals and tournaments are over because of the automatic suspensions.
The result sets up a winner-take-all Game 2 Sunday in Monterrey. If it winds up a tie though, we will have 30 extra minutes of play to settle it (there are no tiebreakers in the final).

Game Stats:
Goals-Nicolas Sanchez (Monterrey, 7′, 1st of playoffs), Enner Valencia (Tigres, 25′, 3rd of playoffs, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 1
Corner Kicks-Tigres 3, Monterrey 3
Amarillas-Monterrey 6 (Rogelio Funes Mori, 24′, Jose Basanta, 30′, Carlos Sanchez, 57′, Leonel Vangioni, 73′, John Medina, 80′, Jesus Molina, 90+2′), Tigres 4 (Luis Rodriguez, 35′, Nahuel Guzman, 41′, Jesus Duenas, 64′, Hugo Ayala, 84′)
Rojas-Monterrey 1 (Vangioni, 87′), Tigres 1 (Ayala, 90+1′)

Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 41,602 (99.3% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Sunday at Monterrey

Disciplinary Commission Resolution Accounced

Earlier today the Disciplinary Commission announced the results of its investigation into events in the America-Cruz Azul Quarterfinals, in which Cruz Azul star Edgar Mendez reportedly was caught spitting on America player Alejandro Diaz. The Commission basically told Mendez “If you spits, you sits”. The Commission found Mendez violated Article 17, Paragraph D of the Regulations and thus after a career tournament the Cruz Azul star will be seeing Roja-A LOT of Roja-from his punishment: 6 Game Suspension & fined an undisclosed amount. So unless there are appeals, Mendez will be out until at least Week 7 of the Clausura 2018 Tournament.

Disciplinary Report: Apertura 2017 Semifinals Game 2

The Disciplinary Commission has published the list of sanctions & warnings from the second half of the Apertura 2017 Semifinals. There were 2 ejections, both from America-Guido Rodriguez for 2 Amarillas and Edson Alvarez for serious foul play. Both will sit out the first game of the second half of the year.

The full list, all Amarillas are for unsportsmanlike conduct unless otherwise noted:
America
Amarillas-Guido Rodriguez, Oribe Peralta, Paul Aguilar, Darwin Quintero, Agustin Marchesin (dissent by word or action)
Rojas-Guido Rodriguez (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension, Edson Alvarez (guilty of serious foul play), 1 Game Suspension

Morelia
Amarillas-Rodrigo Millar, Angel Sepulveda

Monterrey
Nil

Tigres
Amarillas-Jesus Duenas, Jorge Torres