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Apertura 2017 Copa MX Round of 16 Set

The group stage of the Apertura 2017 Copa Corona MX has wrapped up and the first knockout round is around the corner.

The nine group winners and seven best second-place teams advanced to the Round of Sixteen, where they were seeded and paired up based on the number of points earned in the group stage.

The Round of Sixteen games will be held between September 19th and 21st.

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A16 Copa MX Week 4 Review: Tuesday’s Games

copa corona mxQuerétaro 2-0 Dorados de Sinaloa – Group 8
Querétaro defeated Dorades de Sinaloa 2-0 on Tuesday night to move into first place in Group 8. The hosts took the lead in the 22nd minute. Édgar Benítez got free on the left, drove into the box, and shot past the onrushing keeper only for the ball to be cleared off the line by the defense. However, the rebound fell back to “Pájaro”, who sent the ball to Patricio Rubio for the finish.

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América vs Chivas de Guadalajara – Jornada 15

america chivasIt was honors even in the Apertura 2014 edition of the SuperClásico, as Mexico’s most heated club rivalry finished in a 0-0 draw between América and Chivas de Guadalajara.

There was plenty of passion, fight, and desire on display, but not so much good soccer. This Clásico will not go down as a classic, and in fact when Roberto García Orozco blew the final whistle on the game, boos rang out around the stadium from fans who had been hoping for high-scoring entertainment.

The home team, who are sitting first in the league, sixteen places and eighteen points above Chivas, could not break the deadlock despite having more shots than the visitors, with Toño Rodríguez making the save of the game to deny an Oribe Peralta header. América has now failed to score in either of their two major rivalry matches this season, as they were shut out first by Cruz Azul and now by Guadalajara.

Chivas has not had any better luck in their clásicos, though, and tonight they were denied the opportunity to score from the penalty spot when García Orozco declined to call Paul Aguilar for a handball in the box.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair, and although América had more chances, they had few clear ones. Chivas can take heart from the fact they showed more organization and defensive solidity than they have for the majority of the season, but a point doesn’t do them much good in their relegation fight. To make matters worse, they lost Jair Pereira to injury in the 20th minute.

In the second half, América tried to make use of their home field advantage and looked to force the issue, but the goals would not come. They came close twice, first from a set piece when Paul Aguilar’s shot was cleared off the line by Hedgardo Marín, and then with the aforementioned Oribe Peralta header that Rodríguez did so well to save.

Chivas earned a few set pieces of their own in the final minutes of the game, but they were wayward, off-target and harmless.

With the 0-0 draw, América reaches 30 points while Chivas reaches 12.

Highlights

Lineups

América: Moisés Muñoz, Paul Aguilar, Paolo Goltz, Pablo Aguilar, Osmar Mares, Luis Mendoza (Luis Gabriel Rey 59′), Osvaldo Martínez (José Daniel Guerrero 87′), Jesús Molina, Oribe Peralta, Michael Arroyo (Miguel Layún 68′), Rubens Sambueza.

Chivas: José Antonio Rodríguez, Néstor Vidrio, Jair Pereira (Hedgardo Marín 22′), Carlos Salcido, Carlos Gerardo Rodríguez, Fernando Arce (Omar Esparza 64′), Israel Castro, Jorge Enríquez, David Toledo (José Ramírez 77′), Ángel Reyna, Omar Bravo. 

Apertura Week 15 Preview: Saturday’s Games

América vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 7:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
The SuperClásico. The most hyped rivalry game in Mexican soccer arrives with its two participants at completely different levels: América is in 1st place and has clinched a playoff spot; Chivas is 17th, has no realistic chance of reaching the playoffs, and is involved in a relegation fight. Both of these teams lost their previous derby matches, with Chivas falling 0-1 to Atlas in the Clásico Tapatío and América succumbing 4-0 to Cruz Azul in the Clásico Joven, which makes the SuperClásico an even more important match in terms of bragging rights.

Chivas has just two wins this season and is riding a six-game winless streak. They’ve lost three of their last four away games and are one of the lowest scoring teams in the league. As for the Águilas, they’ve won their last three home games and will be looking for a big win at home to make up for last weekend’s loss to Querétaro. The cliché is that form goes out the window in a rivalry game, and Chivas will be hoping that’s true.

Puebla vs Pachuca – 7:00 PM – Azteca America / ESPN Deportes
Puebla (15th) suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss to Atlas after taking the lead last week, and they are now winless in their last seven. Although they only lost twice in that span, earning five draws, draws are not enough for a team sitting in the penultimate spot in the relegation standings. The Poblanos are in desperate need of wins, but they haven’t been looking likely to get them.

As for Pachuca (7th), the Tuzos will also be disappointed by last week’s result, a 0-0 home draw with lowly Leones Negros. Pachuca is currently in the playoff places, but they could slip as low as 11th with a loss tonight. The Tuzos are unbeaten in four, though, including their last two road games, and they’ll fancy their chances against an underwhelming Puebla side, particularly one that had a midweek game. Puebla took on Lobos BUAP in the Copa MX semifinals and won on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Tigres UANL vs Querétaro – 9:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Tigres UANL (4th) gave up a 0-2 lead to draw 2-2 in the Clásico Regio last weekend, and will be looking to return to winning ways at home in the Estadio Universitario. They’re unbeaten in their last seven games and have won two of their last three home games. Tigres are looking to lock up a playoff spot and they could move as high as 2nd with a win here, depending on other results.

As for Querétaro (9th), the Gallos Blancos earned a last-minute 3-2 win against América last weekend, but it wasn’t quite enough to lift them into the playoff places. A win here could do that, and Querétaro will be confident after snapping a three-game losing streak against the league leaders. The Gallos haven’t done well on the road though, losing four of their six away games this season. They will have an advantage over Tigres in terms of rest, however, as UANL played in the Copa MX semifinals in midweek, losing 2-4 to Santos Laguna.

León vs Atlas – 10:06 PM – Telemundo
León (10th) has shot up the table with three straight wins, but they’re still a point and two places out of the playoff spots. The reigning champions need to keep winning if they want to have a chance to defend their title, but Atlas (2nd) is not going to make things easy for them. The Zorros have won three of their last four and are looking to pass América at the top of the table.

Atlas has been inconsistent on the road as of late, though, going 1-1-1 in their last three. On the other hand, León has lost two of their last four home games and has the second-worst defense in the league. After León was knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League in the group stage, missing out on the playoffs as well would be another failure they don’t want. Expect La Fiera to come out guns blazing in search of a win.

Jaguares de Chiapas vs Cruz Azul – 11:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Jaguares de Chiapas (6th) are on a two-game winning streak after ending a five-game winless streak in Jornada 13. They’re currently in the playoff places and would like to stay there, and they’re unbeaten at home this season with three wins and three draws.

As for Cruz Azul (8th), La Máquina climbed into the playoff spots with a win against Morelia last weekend, but they could slip right back out of the top eight with a loss tonight. They haven’t won on the road this season, with three losses and three draws, but they can’t afford to drop points to Chiapas – especially considering Cruz Azul could leapfrog the Jaguares with a win. This game will go a long way towards determining if these two teams will finish the season in the playoff spots, and both teams very much want to make the Liguilla.

Leones Negros vs Santos Laguna – 11:00 PM – Galavision
Leones Negros (16th) are riding a four-game unbeaten streak (one win and three draws) but are still dead last in the relegation standings. The Universidad de Guadalajara needs to stop drawing and start winning, and they might like their chances of snatching points from a suddenly struggling Santos Laguna (11th).

The Laguneros are winless in six, with three losses and three draws in that span, and they’re winless in their last four road games as well. They’re still harboring hopes of making the playoffs, but they have just three games left to climb into the top eight – and stay there. Leones are in a better run of form, but they’re also the lowest-scoring team in the league, with just seven goals in fourteen games, and Santos has a number of goal-scoring threats at their disposal. If Leones want a win, they’re likely going to have to shut out the likes of Javier Orozco, Andrés Rentería, and Carlos Darwin Quintero, who all had a great game in midweek in the Copa MX semifinals, where Santos defeated Tigres 2-4.

Apertura Week 9 Preview: Saturday’s Games

Puebla vs Jaguares de Chiapas – 6:00 PM – Azteca America / ESPN Deportes
Puebla (12th) earned an important draw against Querétaro last weekend with a 97th-minute penalty kick converted by Cuauhtémoc Blanco, but the Poblanos are still in a precarious position in the relegation standings and need to pick up wins. They’re unbeaten in their last two – unbeaten under new coach José Luis Sánchez Sola – and now would be a good time to build momentum. “Chelís” has drawn attention with his unusual training ground tactics, but if he can keep Puebla in the first division, he can be as eccentric as he likes.

As for Jaguares (7th), they’re also lower in the relegation table and they would like (albeit three spots higher than Puebla), and they’ll also want to hang on to their playoff spot as the season passes the halfway point. Jaguares are unbeaten in their last three, but the road has not been too kind to them this season, with only one win away from home to date. These two teams were both active in the Copa MX in midweek, with Puebla picking up a 2-1 win over Morelia and Jaguares defeating Veracruz 3-2.

América vs Pachuca – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
América (1st) has lost their strangehold on the league, with two draws and a loss in their last three games. The Águilas have also found goals suddenly hard to come by, enduring three straight shutouts in league play. However, their midweek demolishing of Bayamón FC in the CONCACAF Champions League – a 10-1 win – shows that they do still have goalscoring threats despite the departure of Raúl Jiménez to Atlético Madrid.

Of course, Pachuca (6th) will likely provide just a bit more competition than the Puerto Ricans did on Wednesday night as the Tuzos look to extend their three-game unbeaten streak and solidify their positioning in the playoff spots. Pachuca had a bye week in the CCL, so they’ll have a rested team for their visit to the Azteca. Pachuca has two away wins this season, including a 1-2 win over León in their most recent away game, while América lost their last home game to Pumas UNAM. The Águilas will not want to endure a second consecutive home loss, so expect some fireworks in this one.

Tigres UANL vs Leones Negros – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Tigres UANL (9th) have been inconsistent in recent weeks, following a 5-1 away win with a 2-0 home loss and then picking up a 2-2 draw last weekend. That draw will be encouraging, though, since Tigres turned around a 2-0 deficit to earn a point, and they also won in the Copa MX in midweek, defeating Querétaro in Ronaldinho’s debut. Tigres have only played three home games thus far this season, and they lost the last two, both by identical 2-0 scorelines. They will most certainly not want to slump to a third straight home loss, especially considering the relative weakness of their opponent.

Leones Negros (17th) are the lowest-scoring team in the league with three goals in their eight games and have only won once this season. But the Universidad de Guadalajara is becoming desperate, as they still haven’t managed to move off the foot of the relegation standings and this game will mark the halfway point of the Apertura 2014 season. They’ll be encouraged by last week’s scoreless draw with América in the Azteca, though, which extended their unbeaten streak to three games (1 win and 2 draws). Leones will try to build on that – and ignore their midweek loss in the Copa MX – as they look to pick up their first away win of the season.

León vs Veracruz – 9:06 PM – Telemundo
It has been a season to forget for León (16th) and it remains to be seen if the reigning champions will even be able to make it to the playoffs this season. León has lost their last three straight and has had players ejected in each of those three games. They’ll be without the suspended José María “Chema” Cárdenas and Fernando Navarro for this one, as well as head coach Gustavo Matosas, who also picked up a one-game suspension. In addition, goalkeeper William Yarbrough is still out with a broken finger. The one point in León’s favor here is that they’ll be more rested than their opponent, as they had a bye week in the CONCACAF Champions League, while Veracruz (15th) played a midweek Copa MX game (a 3-2 loss to Atlas).

The Tiburones Rojos haven’t been having a great season either, but they’ve only lost one of their last seven games (a 2-1 loss to Toluca in Jornada 7). Of course, they’ve also only won one of their last seven games (a 2-1 win over Monterrey in Jornada 4). Draws – particularly scoreless draws – have been the theme of Veracruz’s season. This game pairs up two teams at the opposite ends of the defensive and offensive spectrums, and it remains to be seen if León’s prolific offense can overcome Veracruz’s stingy defense, or if, on the other hand, Veracruz’s misfiring strikers can take advantage of León’s porous defense.

Atlas vs Cruz Azul – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Atlas (4th) are on a three-game winless streak, but they’re also undefeated in their last two. They’re returning home to the Estadio Jalisco, where they’re unbeaten this season (two wins and two draws) and will look to return to winning ways against a struggling Cruz Azul (11th).

La Máquina are winless in two and lost last weekend, and have yet to win on the road this season. In addition, they’ll be without starting goalkeeper José de Jesús Corona, who picked up a one-game suspension for berating the match officials after the final whistle in Jornada 8’s 2-1 loss to Toluca. Both of these teams were active in midweek, with Atlas picking up a 1-2 win against Leones Negros in the Copa MX and Cruz Azul defeating Chorrillo 3-0 in the CONCACAF Champions League – and that was despite Rogelio Chávez missing two penalty kicks.

Clausura Week 15 Preview: Sunday’s Games

Toluca vs León – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes

Toluca (2nd) has locked up a playoff spot, while reinging champions León (11th) are still on the outside looking in. Both of these teams picked up wins in midweek international competitions, with Toluca defeating Costa Ricans Alajuelense to advance to the final of the CONCACAF Champions League, while León beat Flamengo in Brazil to move on to the knockout stages of the Copa Libertadores. In league play, León are unbeaten in their last three – with three straight draws – but they haven’t won in their last five. Toluca suffered a 3-1 loss to Tijuana last weekend and have lost two of their last three, but they haven’t lost at home all season (5 wins and 1 draw).

Puebla vs América – 1:00 PM – Azteca America / ESPN Deportes

Puebla (18th) needs just three points to ensure their continued participation in Liga MX – and that’s only if Atlante wins all of their remaining games. Puebla may find those three points hard to come by, though. They’ve won only twice all season and haven’t won since Week 9. In addition, they’re the lowest scoring team in the league with just 9 goals in 14 games. But América (5th) will be shorthanded for this match, after both Rubens Sambueza and Andrés Andrade were sent off in Week 14 after picking up two yellow cards each. América lost to Cruz Azul in that encounter, and have only one once in their last five games, although that win was an impressive 4-0 victory over Chivas.

Chivas de Guadalajara vs Monarcas Morelia – 6:00 PM – Unimás
Chivas (8th) are currently occupying the final playoff spot, but their presence in the Liguilla is not even close to assured. Under new coach Ricardo La Volpe, Guadalajara rebounded from their 0-4 hammering at the hands of América with a 1-3 win against Pachuca last weekend. That loss to América was their only loss in their last four games, and Chivas showed renewed spirit last week under La Volpe. But Morelia (12th) have been playing well in recent weeks, with only one loss in their last five games. The results haven’t been so good outside of the Estadio Morelos, with only one win in their six away games to date, but they’re only three points behind Chivas and are still harboring hopes of making the playoffs. To do so, a win is needed here.

Santos Laguna vs Atlante – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes

By the time this rescheduled game rolls around, all of Atlante’s relegation rivals will have played and the Cancun club will know if it’s do-or-die time, or if it’s already too late to save themselves. Atlante (10th) must win all three of their remaining fixtures and hope that Puebla and/or Veracruz drops points in order to stay in Liga MX; their destiny is no longer soley in their own hands. As for Santos (4th), they lost in the Copa Libertadores in midweek, but with first place in their group already assured, they sent a largely reserve team to Buenos Aires. Their starters will be well rested for this one, with the Guerreros looking to lock up a playoff spot with a win.