Playoff Picture: Round 14 Preview

Now that we’re just about caught up from prior postponements, the league heads into the final stretch with 4 weeks left in the Apertura 2017 regular season. The playoff picture could really start taking shape this weekend, click below to check out the potential playoff clinching scenarios for Week 14.

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Apertura 2017 Week 10 Results: America 2, Guadalajara 1

The highlight game of Week 10 was the twice-annual Superclasico, the always-hyped matchup of America vs. Guadalajara. Despite the teams having completely opposite seasons, in the end the game didn’t disappoint as America came out on top 2-1. All the scoring was in the 2nd half-Carlos Cisneros’ first goal in the 54th minute put the Chivas ahead first, but America pulled even on Oribe Peralta’s 70th minute score, then Renato Ibarra put America up for good just moments later. The win pulls America to just 1 point behind Monterrey for the league lead while the loss drops Guadalajara back into last place.

Game Stats:
Goals-Carlos Cisneros (Guadalajara, 54′, 1st of tournament), Oribe Peralta (America, 70′, 6th of tournament), Renato Ibarra (America. 72′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Guadalajara 2
Corner Kicks-Guadalajara 7
Amarillas-America 1 (Dawrin Quintero, 80′), Guadalajara 1 (Jose Vazquez, 80′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 47,532 (62.5% capacity)

Next up:
America-Necaxa (10/21)
Guadalajara-at Veracruz (10/22)

Apertura 2017 Week 10 Results: Puebla 2, Monterrey 0

And now there are none…the last of the unbeatens has finally fallen. Monterrey’s season-opening unbeaten streak was snapped at 11 games last night in very surprising fashion-not just because they lost 2-0 but because of who they lost to…Puebla. Yes, Puebla. Lucas Cavallini scored both goals for the home team, in the 4th & 77th minutes, to continue his impressive debut campaign with 4 goals now through 6 games. Only one thing went wrong for Puebla, and it was at the very end-assistant coach Juan Reynosa found something to really complain to the officials about and was issued a Rojas! HE GONE! And it must have really been bad because he will sit out the next two games. The loss just means Monterrey has to wait until this weekend to possibly clinch a playoff spot, and their lead in the standings is now just 1 point over America.

Game Stats:
Goals-Lucas Cavallini 2 (Puebla, 4′, 77′, 4th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Puebla 1, Monterrey 1
Amarillsa-Monterrey 2 (Cesar Montes, 38′, Jose Basanta, 67′)
Rojas-Puebla 1 (Juan Reynosa, assistant coach, 90′)

Venue: Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla
Attendance: 6515 (13.8% capacity)

Next up:
Puebla-at Pachuca (10/21)
Monterrey-at Pumas (10/22)

Apertura 2017 Week 10 Results: Pachuca 2, Toluca 2

In the second game of the night, Toluca looked to at least briefly move back into second place and do away with some of its road woes at Pachuca. In the end the game went both ways as both sides played to an emotionally draining & intense 2-2 tie. Fernando Uribe scored first in the 23rd minute to give Toluca the early lead, but after the second half started Jose Martinez scored to pull Pachuca even. Victor Guzman’s goal in the 57th minute gave Pachuca a 2-1 advantage, then in the 74th minute Rodrigo Salinas tied it up with his first goal of the year. Toluca started to implode late starting in the 84th minute when Pablo Barrientos got the second of his 2 Amarillas on the night, meaning a Rojas! HE GONE! Then Toluca coach Hernan Cristante proceeded with nonstop protesting and the ref showed him the hand version of a Rojas! HE GONE! But Cristante did not leave the pitch, instead remaining and coaching the rest of the game. (Turns out it actually was assistant coach Oscar Velazquez sent off, was not clear from what I saw on TV and online) If precedent set by Guadalajara’s Matias Almeyda earlier this year holds, Cristante could be looking at a minimum suspension of 2 games tomorrow. The tie keeps Toluca in a tie for 2nd place in the standings for now, yet still winless on the road. Not good because they turn right back around and head to Tigres in a couple days.

Game Stats:
Goals-Fernando Uribe (Toluca, 23′, 6th of tournament), Jose Martinez (Pachuca, 47′, 2nd of tournament), Victor Guzman (Pachuca, 57′, 7th of tournament), Rodrigo Salinas (Toluca, 74′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Toluca 1
Corner Kicks-Toluca 3, Pachuca 2
Amarillas-Toluca 4 (Efrain Velarde, 14′, Antonio Rios, 37′, Pablo Barrientos 2, 45+1′, 84′), Pachuca 1 (Erick Gutierrez, 71′)
Rojas-Toluca 2 (Barrientos, 84′, Oscar Velazquez, assistant coach, 84′)

Venue: Estadio Hidalgo, Pachuca de Soto, Hidalgo
Attendance: 15,135 (55% capacity)

Next up:
Pachuca-Puebla (10/21)
Toluca-at Tigres (10/21)

Apertura 2017 Week 10 Results: Santos 3, Necaxa 2

The second half of the make-up of Week 10 began tonight with Santos hosting Necaxa. The visitors were looking to improve their hold on a top 8 playoff spot but Santos surprised them at home with a 3-2 win. Julio Furch scored the first Santos goal in the 32nd minute, then just before halftime Jonathan Rodriguez scored on a PENAL! to make it 2-0 Santos. Luis Perez scored 2 second-half goals to get Necaxa back in it, but Jorge Tavares scored for Santos in between the goals, ensuring Necaxa would not be able to pull even. The win keeps Santos’ slim playoff hopes alive, helped slightly by their having a game in hand due to their suspended game against Monterrey still to be completed.

Game Stats:
Goals-Julio Furch (Santos, 32′, 6th of tournament), Jonathan Rodriguez (Santos, 44′, 1st of tournament, Penalty Kick), Luis Perez 2 (Necaxa, 57′, 76′, 3rd of tournament), Jorge Tavares (Santos, 71′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Necaxa 1
Corner Kicks-Santos 4, Necaxa 3
Amarillas-Necaxa 1 (Igor Lichnovsky, 51′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: TBA

Next up:
Santos-at Queretaro (10/21)
Necaxa-at America (10/21)

Apertura 2017 Week 13 Results: Morelia 1, Atlas 0

The final game last night saw Atlas looking to get closer to the playoff picture at home against Morelia, but the hosts fell victim to a common pattern last night as Morelia scored early and held on the rest of the way for a 1-0 win. The only goal was scored in the 2nd minute by Carlos Guzman.

Game Stats:
Goals-Carlos Guzman (Morelia, 2′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Atlas 1
Corner Kicks-Atlas 4, Morelia 3
Amarillas-Atlas 3 (Milton Caraglio, 59′, Javier Salas, 62′, Jaine Barreiro, 68′), Morelia 2 (Sebastian Vegas, 9′, Carlos Rodriguez, 19′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco
Attendance: 22,294 (40.4% capacity)

Next up:
Atlas-Tijuana (10/20)
Morelia-Leon (10/20)

Women’s Apertura 2017 Week 9 Results

The women’s Apertura 2017 Week 9 make-up began tonight with 2 of the 8 games scheduled, results from those games (updated with full results):
Atlas 2, at Santos 1 (Atlas keeps faint playoff hopes alive but still way behind in tiebreakers)
at Queretaro 3, Necaxa 0
The remaining 6 games will be played tomorrow (10/18):
Pumas 3, at Toluca 1 (moved from Estadio Nemesio Diez to Metepec due to logistics issues)
at Pachuca 2, Veracruz 1
at Guadalajara 1, Tigres 0
at Morelia 1, Tijuana 0
at America 6, Cruz Azul 0
at Monterrey 4, Leon 0

Standings updates:
Group 1-America has clinched a playoff spot with their win, while Pachuca now has a 5-point lead on Toluca for 2nd with just 2 games left thanks to Pumas beating Toluca. But despite the win, Pumas is now out of the playoff race. Tijuana & Morelia will battle for 5th, while Cruz Azul will finish 7th. Veracruz has 2 chances left to get that elusive first win.

Group 2-It. Is. On! Thanks to the Guadalajara win over Tigres and Monterrey’s win, we have a 3-way tie for 2 playoff spots! It it finishes this way Tigres will be in, if the playoffs started now Guadalajara would edge out Monterrey in goal differential by 1 for the tiebreaker. The rest are out. It’s all but going to be decided by Monterrey-Tigres next week. Guadalajara’s last 2 are Santos & Leon, Tigres finishes with Necaxa, Monterrey gets Santos last.