Veracruz didn’t win a single away game in the Clausura 2016 season, and their road woes continued in their opening match of the Apertura 2016 as they fell 2-0 to Querétaro, with Pablo Marini’s first game in charge of the Tiburones Rojos ending in disappointment.
Wayward passes kept both teams largely confined to midfield for the opening minutes, and when Querétaro found the first chance of the game in the 8th minute they couldn’t put it on frame.
The candidates for the Liga MX Balón de Oro awards have been released and fans can have their say in the voting at balondeoro.votenow.tv (polls close on June 29).
In total, 15 awards will be handed out although not all of them are open to fan voting.
Fans will factor into the “best player by position” awards as well as Best Coach, and, starting on June 21st, they will be able to vote for the Best Goal and Best Save, which will be entirely fan-determined.
The nominees for those awards – one player/coach from the Apertura 2015 and one from the Clausura 2016 are:
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended two players in the aftermath of this Sunday’s Apertura 2015 Gran Final second leg match. In a wild game where Tigres UANL just barely saw off an epic comeback attempt from Pumas UNAM, both teams finished the game with 10 men.
For receiving two yellow cards in one game, Eduardo Herrera of Pumas and Hugo Ayala of Tigres both received a one-game suspension. Since the Apertura 2015 season is over, their suspensions will carry over to the first game of the Clausura 2016 season, which kicks off in January.
Tigres UANL saw off a valiant comeback attempt by Pumas UNAM to win the Apertura 2015 league title on penalties after a 4-4 aggregate draw.
Tigres entered the Liguilla as the fifth seed, knocking off fourth-seeded Jaguares de Chiapas and second-seeded Toluca in the quarter- and semi-finals, respectively, to set up a meeting with superlíder Pumas UNAM in the Gran Final.
In a game for the history books, Tigres UANL won the Apertura 2015 Liga MX title 4-2 on penalties after a 4-4 aggregate draw. In a game that had everything – five goals, two red cards, extra time, penalties – Tigres survived to lift the trophy and win their fourth title.
After falling 3-0 in the first leg, Pumas needed a miracle here – and they very nearly got one, earning a 3-0 victory in regulation that sent the match to extra time, and then coming from behind once more to send the game to penalties after Tigres had retaken the aggregate lead. The final hurdle was one too many for Pumas, however, and Tigres, after 120 minutes of suffering, were crowned champion.
América took the lead but couldn’t hold it, giving up a stoppage-time goal to fall 1-2 to Guangzhou Evergrande in the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams creating chances but neither one able to finish them or take control of the game. Possession was traded back and forth and passes went astray on both sides.
Guangzhou had a good excuse for their early rust: the Chinese champions hadn’t played an official match in more than a month, with the Chinese Super League having concluded at the end of October.
The 2015 Club World Cup quarterfinals will be played this Sunday, marking CONCACAF champion Club América’s first participation in the competition.
The Águilas, who qualified for the Club World Cup by winning the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League, were drawn against AFC champions Guangzhou Evergrande in the quarterfinals.
The winner of this match will advance to face Barcelona in the semifinals, while the loser will still have one more game to play in Japan, a fifth-place match against the loser of the other quarterfinal, which will be contested by Sanfrecce Hiroshima and TP Mazembe.
Pumas UNAM (1) vs Tigres UANL (5) – 9:30 PM – Univision Deportes First Leg: Tigres 3-0 Pumas
The Apertura 2015 season will conclude with the second leg of the Gran Final on Sunday night, with Pumas UNAM hosting Tigres UANL. A multi-goal loss in the first leg gives Pumas a serious hill to climb here if they want to claim the title, but they were the highest-scoring team in the regular season and they have the firepower to turn things around. There are no tiebreakers in the final, so Pumas needs to win by three to send the match to overtime or win by four to claim the title outright. The universitarios had two 3-0 and one 5-0 win in the regular season, as well as a 3-0 win in the playoffs, and they will try to repeat those feats here.
After days of rumors, Santos Laguna has officially announced the signing of Jorge Villafaña. The 26-year-old left-back joins the Laguneros from the Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer, where he just helped them lift their first MLS Cup on December 6th.