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.
Voit has introduced a new match ball to celebrate the 30-year history between Voit and the Mexican Football Federation. The ball, called Legacy, was presented with the tagline “We honor the past by reinventing the future”.
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).
After a 2-0 (3-0 aggregate) victory over FC Juárez in the Final por el Ascenso Promotion Playoff, Necaxa will be returning to the first division after a five-year absence.
FC Juárez went on the attack from the opening kick in Saturday’s second leg, looking to overturn the first-leg deficit in front of their home fans. The Bravos had the ball in the back of the net in the 23rd minute through Leandro Carrijo, but the would-be goal was disallowed for offside.