First, on Tuesday, Pachuca will host Belize’s Police United FC as the Tuzos look for a second straight win in Group E. Pachuca beat Olimpia back on August 2nd, also at home, and will now look for a convincing victory over the group minnow, who fell 4-0 to the Hondurans in their CCL debut last weekend.
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:
Pachuca scored a stoppage-time goal to win the Clausura 2016 league title after a 2-1 aggregate victory over Monterrey.
The Tuzos entered the Liguilla as the second seed, and they defeated seventh-seeded Santos Laguna and third-seeded León in the quarter- and semi-finals, respectively, to set up a meeting with superlíder Monterrey in the Gran Final.
10-man Pachuca scored a stoppage-time goal to stun the crowd in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer, with the 1-1 draw (2-1 aggregate victory) giving the Tuzos their sixth league title at the expense of Monterrey. The Rayados outplayed Pachuca for the majority of the match, but Óscar “Conejo” Pérez was in great form to keep the hosts from capitalizing on their chances.
Monterrey needed to score due to their first-leg defeat, and they came out looking to do exactly that. The Rayados found their first opportunity in just the 3rd minute through Edwin Cardona, but Pérez sent the shot out for a corner kick. Monterrey quickly created more chances through Dorlan Pabón and Walter Ayoví as they dominated possession and kept the ball in Pachuca’s defensive third, but they couldn’t find the back of the net.
Monterrey vs Pachuca – 9:30 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Monterrey (1) had the best home record in the league this season, with seven wins and two losses in the regular season. They are one and one at home in the playoffs though, and after falling 1-0 in the first leg they must win this game to take the title. The Rayados have the best attacking record in the league and no one has been able to keep them off the board in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer this season. But they are also beset with absences: Carlos Sánchez is away with Uruguay and Hiram Mier and Jesús Zavala are injured.
Mexico defeated Paraguay 1-0 on Saturday evening in an international friendly to prepare for the upcoming Copa América Centenario. The victory extends El Tri’s winning streak in all competitions to eight games, while the South Americans are now winless in three.
The game started off somewhat slowly, but Mexico soon took control of the ball. Paraguay sat back to defend and El Tri looked to Javier Aquino and Jürgen Damm to create chances along the wings.
Juan Carlos Osorio has opted for a mix of experience and youth in his starting eleven for this pre-Copa América Centenario warm-up match.
FIFA has sanctioned the Mexican Football Federation (FMF), as well as the Chilean, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Salvadorian, Honduran, and Croatian federations, for “discriminatory and unsporting conduct of fans in relation to chants during 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches as well as international friendly matches.”
In the case of Mexico, FIFA cited “homophobic chants by supporters and pitch invasion by supporters” in their March 25th match at Canada, as well as “homophobic chants by supporters” in their March 29th home match versus Canada, for which the FMF was fined a total of 35,000 Swiss Francs (about $30,150 U.S.).
The first leg finished 1-0 in favor of Pachuca, which gives them a slight advantage. The Tuzos will lift the trophy with a draw or win by any margin on Sunday. Monterrey must win by two to take the title; there are no tiebreakers in the final, so if Monterrey wins by one, the game will go to extra time and penalties if needed.
All times Eastern, home team listed first.