Mexico remained unbeaten but left fans frustrated as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with the United States on Sunday night.
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.
The draw has been held and the groups are known for the Apertura 2017 Copa MX . Seventeen Liga MX teams (all save the newly promoted Lobos BUAP) and 10 from Ascenso MX were drawn into nine groups of three for the cup competition.
The teams were divided into three pots for the draw, based on the teams’ cumulative records from the 2016-17 seasons. One team from each pot drawn into each group, with the caveat that each group must contain at least one team from Liga MX and one from Ascenso MX.
A pair of late goals saw Toluca and Chivas de Guadalajara draw 1-1 in the first leg of their Clausura 2017 semifinal series.
The Diablos Rojos started the game off well as they looked to make their home-field advantage count. Rubens Sambueza, Gabriel Hauche, and Pablo Barrientos looked dangerous up top, and Toluca persistently kept the ball in Guadalajara’s defensive third.
León extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-0 victory over Puebla. The result keeps the Poblanos winless on the road in four and rooted to the bottom of the league table.
Puebla could have mathematically guaranteed their safety in the relegation fight with a win tonight; instead, they will now have to wait and see what happens in Veracruz’s game on Sunday. León, meanwhile, was looking to continue their climb up the table as they make a last push for a playoff spot.
The dates and location for the 2017 Campeón de Campeones and SuperCopa MX games have been announced, and for the second consecutive year the doubleheader will be played at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, the home of the LA Galaxy.
The games are scheduled for Sunday, July 16th, and tickets are available to the general public from www.axs.com and www.stubhubcenter.com beginning on April 20th.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended five players and one coach in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 11 games.
Miguel Herrera, coach of Tijuana, will be sidelined for the Xolos’ next two games. Herrera was given a one-game suspension for constantly protesting the referee crew’s decisions and another for a lack of respect towards the match officials.
Reportedly feeling that Pablo Aguilar and Enrique Triverio were insufficiently punished for their actions in the Copa MX this week, the Liga MX referees have gone on strike and refused to officiate this weekend’s scheduled Jornada 10 games.
The decision to strike came shortly before Veracruz vs Puebla was scheduled to kick off. That game was postponed, then marred by tragedy as Puebla assistant coach Aníbal Ruíz collapsed and died of a heart attack.
Liga MX later announced that the entire slate of Jornada 10 games, set to be played between March 10th and 12th, has been postponed after the referees “unilaterally refused” to participate.
The Disciplinary Committee has completed its investigations into Rubens Sambueza, Andrés Andrade, Pablo Aguilar, and Enrique Triverio, with three of the four facing long suspensions.
Sambueza and Andrade were involved in plays in Jornada 9 that resulted in serious injury to their opponents (Isaác Brizuela and Renato Ibarra, respectively). For causing harm to an opponent, Sambueza was given an eight-game suspension, which will end his season unless Toluca reaches the playoffs.