The Clausura 2017 Ascenso MX season has wrapped up and the Liguilla begins this week, with eight teams competing for the league title and the spot in the promotion playoff that comes with it.
Apertura 2016 champions Dorados de Sinaloa have qualified for the postseason again, and should they win this season’s championship as well they will earn automatic promotion to Liga MX. Otherwise, they will face this season’s winner in the promotion playoff.
The match-ups and schedule are as follows; all times Eastern, home team listed first.
Dorados de Sinaloa beat Atlante 1-0 in Sunday’s second leg to win the Apertura 2016 Ascenso MX title with a 4-2 aggregate victory. The victory gives Dorados not just a league title, but a ticket to next year’s promotion playoff for a spot in Liga MX – and if Dorados win the Clausura 2017 title as well, they would gain automatic promotion to the first division.
The first legs of the Apertura 2016 Ascenso MX quarterfinals saw two lower seeds earn victories. All four series, however, are separated by no more than a goal, leaving everyone still in it ahead of this weekend’s decisive second legs.
Alebrijes de Oaxaca 2-1 Celaya
The visitors took the lead in the 33rd minute through Abraham Isaí Riestra, whose header found the back of the net. But Alebrijes fought back in the second half with a 49th minute equalizer from Diego Martínez. Then, in the 69th minute, Lucero Álvarez scored from the penalty spot to give 8th-seeded Oaxaca the 2-1 victory.
The 2016 Copa América Centenario is just days away, and 34 Mexico-based players will be participating: 33 from Liga MX and one from Ascenso MX.
The 34 players come from 14 clubs and will be representing 10 countries. Mexico, of course, is the most-represented national team with 14 players; Paraguay is the second-most represented nation with four.
In terms of club representation, Tigres UANL has five players in this summer’s competition, while América, Atlas, and Monterrey have four apiece. Mineros de Zacatecas is the lone Ascenso MX side represented, with Roberto Nurse (Panama).
Necaxa took the advantage in the first leg of the Clausura 2016 Ascenso MX Gran Final with a 0-2 away win against Mineros de Zacatecas.
The hosts started the game off well, taking possession and finding early chances, but they weren’t able to put them away. Raúl Enríquez had the first good opportunity in the 7th minute with his header, but Yosgart Gutiérrez scooped it up. Later, Roberto Nurse tried his luck but also couldn’t break through. Continue reading →
Mineros de Zacatecas defeated superlíder Leones Negros 1-2 (2-3 aggregate) to advance to the Ascenso MX Clausura 2016 final, where they will face Necaxa.
A 1-1 draw in the first leg made today’s game a winner-takes-all affair. The visitors struck first, with Roberto Nurse giving Mineros the 0-1 lead in the 30th minute. However, the Universidad de Guadalajara tied the game moments later through Jorge Mora, whose solo play ended in a goal. Continue reading →