Clausura 2016 Week 6 Preview: Sunday’s Games

liga mxChivas de Guadalajara vs León – 1:00 PM – Unimás / Univision Deportes
Chivas de Guadalajara (14th) drew 1-1 with Toluca to remain winless in the Clausura 2016 season. Chivas has slipped into penultimate in the relegation standings, but they would move back above Morelia with a win here since Morelia’s Jornada 6 game was postponed to March. They are unbeaten at home and they will look to start turning their draws into wins here, although they will need to improve defensively for that to happen. Continue reading

Clausura 2016 Week 6 Preview: Saturday’s Games

liga mxCruz Azul vs Querétaro – 6:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (9th) drew 1-1 with Tijuana last weekend to remain unbeaten in two. La Máquina will now return home, where they are unbeaten this season with a win and a draw. Cruz Azul will look to extend that streak and get back to winning ways as they try to climb up the table. Cruz Azul has one of the poorer defensive records in the league, though, and they will need to rectify that if they want to earn a win here. They will be without Juan Carlos García for this one as the centerback was suspended after his red card in Jornada 5. Continue reading

Clausura 2016 Week 6 Preview: Friday’s Games

liga mxVeracruz vs América – 8:30 PM – Univision Deportes
Veracruz (17th) fell 2-1 to Querétaro last weekend, which leaves the Tiburones Rojos still looking for their first win of the season. Veracruz is normally difficult to beat at home in the Luis Pirata Fuente, but so far this season they have suffered a multi-goal loss and allowed a two-goal lead to turn into a draw. Fans are getting restless and questions are starting to be raised about Carlos Reinoso’s job security. One bright spot for Veracruz has been their offense; they’ve scored at least once in all of their games, but their porous defense hasn’t been able to make those goals stand up. The Sharks will look for a better performance from their backline here as they look for that elusive first win. Continue reading

International Friendly: Mexico vs Senegal – Recap and Highlights

el triMexico defeated Senegal 2-0 in Marlins Park on Wednesday in their first game of 2016. Two second-half goals gave El Tri the victory, with Jesús Dueñas and Rodolfo Pizarro both scoring their first goals for the national team.

Due to this match not falling on a FIFA date, both Mexico and Senegal used alternative rosters. Mexico’s starting XI featured a debutant (Hirving Lozano) as well as five players with 10 or fewer caps. As for Senegal, their roster was composed primarily of U-23s.  Continue reading

Copa Libertadores – Racing Club vs Puebla – Second Leg Recap and Highlights

Copa_Bridgestone_Libertadores_logoPuebla needed goals and they couldn’t find any, falling 1-0 to Racing Club on Wednesday night. The 3-2 aggregate victory sends the Argentinian club into the group stage of the 2016 Copa Libertadores, while the Mexicans are eliminated.

The hosts had the better of play from the opening minute, and they also played with the confidence of knowing they had the upper hand thanks to their two away goals from the first leg. They did not sit back to protect their aggregate lead, however, but instead looked to put the series out of reach.  Continue reading

Morelia Fined For Shirt Slogan

morelia logoMonarcas Morelia has earned a fine from the Disciplinary Committee after wearing jerseys emblazoned with the slogan #PapaEnMexico (#PopeInMexico) during their Jornada 5 game against León.

The Pope will be in Morelia next Tuesday as part of his tour of Mexico.

In a statement, the Disciplinary Committee noted that the phrase violates Article 25 of the Regulations for Sanctions (Displaying Slogans or Ads), which prohibits, among other things, religious messages. Continue reading

Women’s World Cup Qualifying: Puerto Rico vs Mexico

el triThe Mexican women’s national team started their qualification campaign for the 2016 Olympics in the best possible way with a statement 6-0 victory against Puerto Rico. Drawn into a tough group alongside the U.S. and Costa Rica, Mexico needed a big win against the Group A minnows.

They got exactly that, inspired by a hat-trick from veteran striker Maribel Domínguez. The 37-year-old opened the scoring in the 18th minute when she headed home a cross from Diseree Monsiváis.  Continue reading

Mexico’s Starting Lineup vs Senegal

el triMexico’s first game of 2016 comes in Marlins Park against Senegal in an international friendly. Juan Carlos Osorio called up a domestic-based roster for this match, since it doesn’t fall on a FIFA date, with the goal of taking a good look at younger and fringe players before World Cup Qualifying resumes in March.

José de Jesús Corona has gotten the nod in goal, with Gerardo Flores, Néstor Araujo, Yasser Corona, and Jorge Torres Nilo in front of him. Continue reading

César Ibáñez Tears ACL

red crossSantos Laguna defender César Ibáñez had to leave the Guerreros’ game against América this past Saturday in just the 18th minute due to injury.

The club confirmed today that Ibáñez suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his left knee.

Santos Laguna’s medical staff is evaluating Ibáñez’s options, but the club has stated that the 23-year-old will need surgery.  Continue reading