Jornada 2 of the 2019-2020 Copa MX was a week for the hosts, with six of the seven completed matches ending in victories for the home side and the seventh ending in a draw.
Jornada 2 Results – August 6-7 Zacatepec 3-2 Atlas
Cafetaleros vs Monterrey – postponed to 10/11 Monarcas Morelia 1-0 Puebla
FC Juárez 1-1 Venados Mineros de Zacatecas 2-0 Querétaro Chivas de Guadalajara 2-1 Santos Laguna Atlético San Luis 3-1 Potros UAEM Dorados de Sinaloa 2-1 Celaya
The revamped Copa MX gets underway this week with the first round of group stage games.
The Copa will now run for the entire 2019-2020 season, with the group stage in the Apertura and the knockout rounds in the Clausura; a total of 27 teams are participating, 15 from Liga MX and 12 from Ascenso MX, drawn into nine groups of three.
The winner of each group, as well as the seven best runners-up, will move on to the knockout rounds. Those will now consist of two-legged series, rather than a single game, and will begin in January.
Cruz Azul won the 2019 SuperCopa MX with an emphatic 4-0 victory against last year’s victor, Necaxa.
La Máquina looked dangerous from the beginning, with their first good chance coming in the 3rd minute; on the counterattack, Roberto Alvarado found Édgar Méndez, but his shot went over the bar. Then, in the 17th minute, Yosimar Yotún forced a good save out of Hugo González as Cruz Azul continued to look for the opener.
The annual SuperCopa MX and Campeón de Campeones doubleheader will take place this Sunday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The SuperCopa MX will open the doubleheader, with Cruz Azul, the winners of the Apertura 2018 Copa MX, against Necaxa, the 2018 SuperCopa champion. Necaxa earned their spot because the Clausura 2019 Copa MX winner, América, is playing in the Campeón de Campeones game.
América earned a spot in the “champion of champions” game by winning the Apertura 2018 league title; they will face the Clausura 2019 winners, Tigres UANL, in the second game of the doubleheader.
The Copa MX has undergone a bit of a makeover for the 2019-2020 season; most notably, there will only be one tournament, with the group stage taking place in the Apertura 2019 and the knockout rounds in the Clausura 2020, instead of running a full tournament in each season.
The group stage will begin on July 31, while the knockout rounds – which will now be two-legged, total-goals series – will start on January 21.
A total of 27 clubs will participate, 15 from Liga MX and 12 from Ascenso MX, and they were drawn into nine groups of three with the requirement that each group have at least one team from each league.
The Copa MX is undergoing another makeover. Following Liga MX’s Regular Assembly in Toluca, it was announced that the cup competition will now run for the entire 2019-2020 season, rather than being split into an Apertura and Clausura edition.
The group stage will feature a total of 27 teams – 15 teams from Liga MX and 12 from Ascenso MX – divided into nine groups of three. The group stage will take place in the Apertura 2019 season, starting on July 30th; the knockout rounds will begin in the Clausura 2020 season, beginning on January 21st.
Club América beat FC Juárez by the minimum difference in the Clausura 2019 Copa MX final on Wednesday night, giving the Águilas their sixth cup title in the professional era – the most of any team.
FC Juárez came out attacking as they looked to be the first second-division side to win the title since 2012, and they had the first clear chance of the game in the 14th minute when Lucas Xavier tried his luck from distance and was inches away from opening the scoring.
The Clausura 2019 Copa MX final feature two teams looking for historic victories. FC Juárez is looking for the first Copa MX title in their history, while América is looking to break the record for most professional-era Copa MX titles.
The Bravos are the first Ascenso MX team to make the final since Oaxaca in the Clausura 2014 tournament, and will look to be the first second-tier side to win it since Dorados de Sinaloa in the Apertura 2012 tournament.
The Águilas, meanwhile, have five Copa MX titles in the professional era – tied with León – but this is their first cup final since the 1990-91 season.