Pachuca has announced the signing of Chilean striker Ángelo Sagal.
Veracruz has annouced the signing of Argentinian striker Cristian Menéndez.
Cándido Ramírez is set to miss a second straight season with a persistent knee injury. Ramírez missed the Clausura 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL in November 2016, and he is now set to remain sidelined after undergoing a second knee surgery.
Ramírez, 24, re-injured himself in preseason, where a hyper-extension of his knee led to injuries to both his lateral meniscus and medial meniscus, as well as a re-torn ACL.
Liga MX has announced the schedule and format of the inaugural Liga MX Femenil Apertura 2017 season. The newly-launched women’s league consists of 16 teams, which are affiliated with all the current men’s Liga MX teams except for the newly promoted Lobos BUAP and Puebla, which was given an extension to launch a women’s team due to their current financial situation.
The 16 teams were divided into the following geographically-based groups:
Group 1: América, Tijuana, Cruz Azul, Monarcas Morelia, Pachuca, Veracruz, Toluca, and Pumas UNAM;
Group 2: Atlas, Querétaro, Chivas de Guadalajara, León, Necaxa, Monterrey, Santos Laguna, and Tigres UANL.
Mexico’s 2017 Confederations Cup campaign gets underway this Sunday with a Group A match-up against Portugal. Their group mates – hosts Russia and New Zealand – will play the first game of the tournament this Saturday.
Portugal with star Cristiano Ronaldo are among the favorites to make a run in the Cup, but Mexico will look to derail the Europeans with a positive result in this one.
In a bid to quell fears related to racism and discrimination in Russia ahead of next summer’s World Cup, FIFA will introduce a three-step system at the Confederations Cup aimed at discouraging such behavior.
The system gives referees the authority to stop games if discriminatory chants or behavior occurs.
The first step is a stadium announcement demanding such behavior stop; if it continues, the referee may stop the game until the behavior subsides. If it still continues, the referee may suspend or abandon the game entirely.
It is unclear how the outcome of an abandoned game would be decided should it come to that.
The Apertura 2017 regular season will kick off on Friday, July 21, when Monarcas Morelia hosts Monterrey, and conclude on Sunday, November 19, when Santos Laguna hosts América.
The playoffs are set to begin on November 22, with the Gran Final scheduled for December 7th and 10th. Should Pachuca reach the final, it would be played on December 20th and 23rd in order to accommodate the Tuzos’ participation in the Club World Cup.
Querétaro and Celaya will play a fundraising friendly to support Ezequiel Orozco and Remigio Ochoa. Orozco, a Murciélagos player, and Ochoa, a physiotherapist for Celaya, both have cancer.
The quick turnaround, with this game moved up due to Mexico’s upcoming participation in the Confederations Cup, resulted in a number of changes to both starting lineups. Nevertheless, the game started at a high intensity and there were a number of fouls in the opening minutes. Carlos Salcedo was perhaps lucky to remain on the field after nailing Bobby Wood with an elbow during a 3rd minute aerial challenge.
Then, in the 6th minute, Michael Bradley silenced the crowd in the Azteca when he won the ball in midfield, saw Memo Ochoa off his line, and chipped the keeper from distance to give the U.S. an extremely rare lead on Mexican soil.
One of the biggest games of the Hex is fast approaching, with Mexico hosting the U.S. in the Estadio Azteca this Sunday. The game, originally scheduled for Tuesday, was moved up to accommodate Mexico’s participation in the Confederations Cup.
Both teams are coming off wins on Thursday, with the U.S. beating Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 and Mexico seeing off Honduras 3-0.
El Tri will look to keep their unbeaten record alive, while the U.S. will look to shock their rival with a positive result. Mexico is currently first in the standings with 13 points, while the U.S. is third with seven.