Eleven Liga MX teams and one from Ascenso MX will be represented in the World Cup, where their players will suit up for seven different national teams: Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina, Panama, and Japan.
Mexico took a 2-0 lead against Argentina in Tuesday night’s international friendly, but they failed to hold it. Late goals from Sergio Agüero and Lionel Messi ensured that Mexico’s 11-year winless streak against the South Americans would continue.
Mexico had a few early chances through “Chicharito” Hernández and Andrés Guardado, as “El Tri” refused to be intimidated by their opponent. Their willingness to venture into the attack paid off in the 19th minute, when Nicolás Otamendi was sanctioned for a foul on Raúl Jiménez inside the box.
Referee Ricardo Salazar pointed to the penalty spot, and Chicharito stepped up to take it. He slotted the ball into the bottom corner to give Mexico the 1-0 lead.
Argentina began to show their quality after that goal, however, and soon it was Mexico’s defense that was being harried. Messi, Ever Banega, Ángel Correa, and Marcos Rojo all had good chances to equalize, but a combination of poor marksmanship and some good goalkeeping by Moisés Muñoz kept Argentina off the board.
In the second half, Muñoz continued to be an important factor in maintaining Mexico’s lead as he denied both Carlos Tevez and Correa again. Meanwhile, Mexico continued to attack when they had the opportunity, and both Jiménez and Hernández came close to scoring Mexico’s second.
Then, in the 70th minute, Miguel Layún got free down the left wing and sent in a cross for Héctor Herrera. He made no mistake with his finish, giving him two goals in two games with the national team and giving Mexico the 2-0 lead.
However, Argentina would rally late to earn the draw. A mistake by Muñoz allowed Ezequiel Lavezzi to collect the ball at the endline and send it over to Agüero to knock in what looked to be a consolation goal in the 84th minute.
But then Messi provided a bit of magic with a stunning volley to tie the game 2-2 in the 89th minute.
With the 2-2 draw, Ricardo Ferretti’s Mexico remains both winless and unbeaten at the halfway mark of his four-game interim stint.
Mexico: Moisés Muñoz, Israel Jiménez, Diego Reyes, Rafael Márquez (Oswaldo Alanís 85′), Héctor Moreno, Miguel Layún, Héctor Herrera (Jesús Dueñas 82′), José Juan Vázquez (Jorge Torres Nilo 66′), Andrés Guardado, Raúl Jiménez, Javier Hernández (Carlos Vela 77′).
Argentina: Nahuel Guzmán, Martín Demichelis (Matías Kranevitter 76′), Nicolás Otamendi, Facundo Roncaglia, Ever Banega, Fernando Gago (Roberto Pereyra 75′), Javier Mascherano, Marcos Rojo (Emmanuel Mas 70′), Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez (Sergio Agüero 75′), Ángel Correa (Ezequiel Lavezzi 76′).
Notably, Ferretti has elected to go back to the 5-3-2 formation that characterized the Miguel Herrera era, after he played with a four-man back line against T&T.
Moisés Muñoz gets the nod in goal, and his defense will consist of Miguel Layún, Diego Reyes, Rafa Márquez, Héctor Moreno, and Israel Jiménez. The midfield trio will be made up by Andrés Guardado, José Juan Vázquez, and Héctor Herrera, while Javier Hernández and Raúl Jiménez will form the strike partnership up top.
In total, Ferretti made nine changes to the lineup that took on T&T, with only Israel Jiménez and Diego Reyes getting a second start.
Tuesday, September 8
Mexico vs Argentina – 10:30 PM – ESPN2 / Unimás / Univision Deportes / Online
Ricardo Ferretti’s original 23-man roster has undergone a number of changes since it was announced, with Oribe Peralta, Luis Montes, Francisco Rodríguez, and Paul Aguilar all dealing with injuries and Jesús Manuel Corona released from the roster after he changed clubs; in addition, Henry Martín – called up to replace Peralta – was injured against T&T.
With no replacements called up for the most recent absences, Mexico is down to just 19 available players for their game against Argentina, who easily defeated Bolivia in their own Friday night friendly.
El Tri does not have a historically good record against La Albiceleste; Mexico has won just four of the 26 games between the two, and their last win came back in 2004. Mexico will look for a good performance here, though, as they look to build confidence ahead of October’s CONCACAF Cup match against the United States.
Tuesday, September 8
Mexico vs Argentina – 10:30 PM – ESPN2 / Unimás / Univision Deportes / Online
Jesús Manuel “Tecatito” Corona will not be joining up with the Mexican national team for friendlies against Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina. Although he was included in Ricardo Ferretti’s 23-man roster, Corona changed clubs just days ago, transferring from Twente to Porto.
According to his new club, Corona was released by Mexico from their upcoming matches on September 4th and 8th and he will spend the international break training with Porto as he looks to get integrated with his new team. However, Porto’s other Mexicans, Héctor Herrera and Miguel Layún, will still travel to the U.S. for El Tri’s two friendlies.
These are the 23 players who will represent us against Trinidad & Tobago and @Argentina.
While most of the faces are familiar ones from the Miguel Herrera era, there are some notable changes. Chief among them are the surprise omissions of Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos and Guillermo Ochoa.
The 13 domestic-based players on the roster will gather in Mexico City on Sunday before traveling to Salt Lake City, where the 10 European-based players will join them on Monday. Mexico will face T&T on September 4th, followed by Argentina on September 8th, in Sandy, Utah, and Arlington, Texas, respectively.
The complete 23-man roster is as follows:
Goalkeepers (2): Moisés Muñoz (América), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca).
Defenders (8): Paul Aguilar (América), Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad), Francisco Rodríguez (Cruz Azul), Rafael Márquez (Hellas Verona), Héctor Moreno (PSV), Oswaldo Alanís (Chivas de Guadalajara), Miguel Layún (Watford), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres UANL).
Midfielders (8): Jesús Dueñas (Tigres UANL), José Juan Vázquez (León), Javier Güemez (América), Héctor Herrera (Porto), Israel Jiménez (Tigres UANL), Javier Aquino (Tigres UANL), Carlos Esquivel (Toluca), Andrés Guardado (PSV).
Forwards (5): Jesús Manuel Corona (Twente), Javier Hernández (Manchester United), Henry Martín (Tijuana), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Raúl Jiménez (Benfica).
Update 8/30: Due to injuries, Oribe Peralta (América) and Luis Montes (León) were removed from the roster and replaced by Henry Martín (Tijuana) and Israel Jiménez (Tigres UANL).
Update 9/2: Jesús Manuel Corona was released from the roster after transferring from Twente to Porto.
Update 9/3: Due to injury, Francisco Rodríguez (Cruz Azul) was removed from the roster.
No Liga MX players took the field in the 2015 Copa América final, with Tigres UANL goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán once again remaining on the bench.
Guzmán’s Argentina was unable to lift the cup, with hosts Chile winning it on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes. It was the first Copa América title in Chile’s history.
With a packed stadium cheering them on, Chile seized the impetus in the final and pressed Argentina from the starting whistle. Argentina looked a far cry from the side that had demolished Paraguay 6-1 in the semifinal, but Chile was unable to capitalize on their pressure.
When the 90th minute came and went without a goal, the game went to overtime – unlike earlier rounds of the competition, which went straight to penalties. Despite the extra half-hour of play, that’s where the final ended up as well.
Chile took the first PK, with Matías Fernández sending it into the top corner. Messi responded for Argentina with a conversion of his own, and then Chile’s controversial figure Arturo Vidal just got his past goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Gonzalo Higuaín then sent his attempt into orbit as Chile took the 2-1 lead after two rounds.
Charles Aránguiz scored Chile’s third, but Argentina’s Éver Banega sent his straight at goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who made the save. 3-1. Alexis Sánchez stepped up to take Chile’s fourth kick, and he sent his down the middle to give the hosts a long awaited trophy.
The last two teams in the Copa América featuring Liga MX players on their rosters faced off tonight, with Argentina thrashing Paraguay 6-1 to advance to the final against Chile. Tigres UANL goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán will thus be the only Liga MX representative to reach the final, but Guzmán has yet to play a single minute in this tournament since he is Argentina’s reserve keeper.
For Paraguay, with seven Liga MX players on their roster, América’s Pablo Aguilar, Cruz Azul’s Roque Santa Cruz and Toluca’s Paulo da Silva and Édgar Benítez all started the game. Santa Cruz made way for Lucas Barrios after just 30 minutes due to injury, while the other three went the full 90.
América’s Miguel Ángel Samudio and Osvaldo Martinez, and Toluca’s Richard Ortiz, did not play for Paraguay.
It didn’t take Argentina long to take the lead, with Marcos Rojo finishing off a free kick from Lionel Messi in the 15th minute. By the half-hour mark, Paraguay would be down 2-0 and down two starters, with Derlis González – the hero of the quarterfinals – and Santa Cruz both leaving with injuries.
However, one of those forced substitutions brought Lucas Barrios on to the field, and the Argentina-born Paraguay striker halved the deficit in the 43rd minute to make it 2-1 and give the Guaraníes some hope.
An Ángel di María brace on the other side of halftime quickly put paid to those hopes, with Argentina up 4-1 by the 53rd minute.
A disheartened Paraguay had no response to those quick goals, and Argentina piled on the misery in the closing stages with goals from Sergio Agüero and Gonzalo Higuaín in the 80th and 83rd minutes to bring the final score to 6-1.
Next game – Argentina: Final vs Chile – Saturday, July 4th – 4:00 PM – BeIn Sports / BeIn Español
Next game – Paraguay: Third-place match vs Peru – Friday, July 3rd – BeIn Sports / BeIn Español
The contingent of Mexico-based players in the 2015 Copa América has dwindled significantly from the group stage, but there are still 11 Liga MX players representing four countries in the quarterfinals, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming matches here.
Argentina and Colombia – Quarterfinals
Argentina topped Colombia in a dramatic penalty shootout after the two teams played to a scoreless draw in regulation. Tigres UANL goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán was once again an unused substitute for Argentina, while Alexander Mejía and Edwin Cardona, both of Monterrey, got on the field for Colombia. Mejía started and went the distance – and picked up a yellow card in the 21st minute – while Cardona came on as an early sub, replacing Teófilo Gutiérrez in just the 24th minute.
Colombia has been misfiring in front of goal all tournament, which made José Pekerman’s decision to bench Radamel Falcao particularly interesting. Despite four changes to the starting lineup for Los Cafeteros, the Colombians still couldn’t find the back of the net. Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero was untested in the first half and had to make just one save all night.
On the other end of the field, David Ospina was kept busy in Colombia’s goal, stopping Javier Pastore and Ángel Di María, pulling out a double save against Sergio Agüero and then Messi, as well as tipping a Nicolás Otamendi attempt on to the post. Argentina twice hit the woodwork, but despite their pressure, the goal wouldn’t come, and the game went to penalty kicks.
Colombia went first, with James Rodríguez scoring his attempt. Lionel Messi matched him for Argentina, and Falcao, Ezequiel Garay, Juan Cuadrado and Ever Banega all made theirs to tie the two teams at 3-3.
Then came the first of the misses. Luis Muriel skied his spot kick over the bar for Colombia before Ezequiel Lavezzi converted for Argentina, putting them ahead 4-3. Edwin Cardona converted Colombia’s fifth to keep them alive, while Lucas Biglia missed his to tie the count up at 4-4 after five rounds and send the shootout to sudden death.
The teams then traded misses, with Romero saving Juan Zúñiga’s attempt and Marcos Rojo hitting the crossbar, before Jeison Murillo missed Colombia’s seventh kick to open the door for Argentina. Carlos Tévez took the seventh for La Albiceleste, and he calmly slotted the winning kick past Ospina to send Argentina into the semifinals.
Next game – Argentina: Semifinal vs Paraguay – Tuesday, June 30th – 7:30 PM BeIn Sports / BeIn Español
Next game – Colombia: N/A
Although the majority of the Liga MX players in the Copa América are with the Mexican national team, there are 15 other Mexico-based players participating in Chile. They’re representing Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming games here.
Tigres UANL goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán was once again an unused substitute as Argentina stayed top of the group with a 1-0 win over Jamaica. The Reggae Boyz suffered their third consecutive 1-0 loss to eliminate them from the competition, although they gave a better account of themselves than many were expecting.
Lionel Messi earned his 100th cap tonight, but it was Gonzalo Higuaín who earned the game-winning goal with his 11th minute strike. Higuaín and Ángel di María both later struck the crossbar, but no second goal was forthcoming as the Jamaican defense clamped down on the Argentinians.
Despite earning the win and advancing to the quarterfinals at the top of Group B, there was some bad news for Argentina: Pablo Zabaleta received a late yellow card, his second of the competition, and will be suspended for the quarterfinals.
Group B Table:
Next game: Quarterfinal matchup TBD – June 26th