First-division soccer is returning to Juárez. The city was last in the top division in 2010, but the Indios were relegated are the Bicentenario tournament. In 2015, FC Juárez launched in the second division and came close to promotion a few times, but never quite made it up.
Now, current Liga MX team Lobos BUAP will be moving from Puebla to Chihuahua and taking on the Juárez name. Lobos will be replaced in Liga MX, Liga MX Femenil, and the U-20, U-17, U-15, U-13 youth leagues by this new incarnation of FC Juárez.
Liga MX approved the change at its general meeting, which it confirmed in a press release.
Lobos BUAP, in turn, acquired Juárez’s spot in Ascenso MX, but will not be fielding a team for the upcoming Apertura 2019 season, which leaves the second division with just 14 teams.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended four players in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 17 games.
Víctor Velázquez of Lobos BUAP, Vladimir Loroña of Puebla, and Ángel Zaldívar of Monterrey were all given one-game suspensions for serious foul play, while Omar Mendoza of Tijuana was suspended one game for yellow card accumulation after picking up his fifth caution of the season.
The season is over for Lobos and Puebla, so Velázquez and Loroña will serve their suspensions at the start of the Apertura 2019 season, while Zaldívar and Mendoza will miss the first leg of their respective quarterfinal series.
Tijuana took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Lobos BUAP came back for a 1-2 away win. The result gives the Licántropos two wins in their last three and keeps them in playoff contention, while the Xolos have now lost two in a row and three of their last four.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead in just the 4th minute. A corner kick was nodded to the back post by Julián Velázquez, and Gustavo Bou was there, unmarked, to slot it home and give Tijuana the 1-0 lead very early on.
Tigres UANL mathematically guaranteed their spot in the upcoming playoffs with a 0-3 away win against Lobos BUAP. The result is a second straight victory for UANL, while the Licántropos have now lost three in a row at home.
The first half started with more possession for the visitors, but better chances for the hosts. Despite not having much of the ball, Lobos found opportunities, particularly through Michaell Chirinos and Mauro Lainez, although they weren’t able to convert them.
10-man Chivas de Guadalajara was unable to make their home-field advantage count as they fell 0-1 to Lobos BUAP. The result ends a three-game winless streak for the Licántropos, while El Rebaño has now lost three in a row and is winless in six.
Chivas started the game off with some promising chances, such as when Alejandro Mayora sent a dangerous ball across the face of goal, but no one was there to finish it off. Then the hosts were handed an early blow when Jair Periera had to be subbed out injured in the 10th minute.
Puebla closed out Jornada 12 action with a comprehensive 0-4 away win against Lobos BUAP. The result gives La Franja back-to-back victories – and three wins in their last four – while the Licántropos remain winless in three.
The scoring started early in this regional rivalry, with Puebla taking the lead in just the 7th minute. The visitors sent a free kick into the box and the unfortunate Michael Orozco sent his attempted clearance in off the underside of the crossbar to make it 0-1 with his own-goal.
Lobos BUAP took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Monarcas Morelia came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps La Monarquía unbeaten in three but winless in eight, while the Licántropos are winless in two.
The visitors started the game off stronger, although they struggled to convert their chances. In the 9th minute Michael Orozco failed to convert a golden opportunity when he managed to send the ball over the bar from within the six-yard box.
León moved into first place in the table with a 0-1 away win against Lobos BUAP. The result is a seventh straight win for La Fiera, while the Licántropos have now lost two of their last three.
Lobos came out attacking as they looked to put their home-field advantage to good use and move ever closer to safety from relegation. Mauro Lainez had the first chance of the game, but Rodolfo Cota made the save.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended six players and opened an investigation into a coach in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 9 games.
Bruno Valdez of América and Colin Kazim-Richards of Veracruz were given one-game suspensions for receiving two yellow cards in the same game, while Daniel Arreola of Puebla was suspended for yellow-card accumulation after receiving his fifth caution of the season.
América got back to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 victory against Lobos BUAP. The result snapped a two-game losing streak for the Águilas, while the Licántropos have now lost two of their last three – and three in a row on the road.
América came out looking to put their home field advantage to good use, and they created chances from the beginning, but it took them half an hour to find the breakthrough. In the 32nd minute, Edson Álvarez just kept the ball in play along the end line and played it back to Jorge Sánchez, who played a cross into the box for Henry Martín to head home. 1-0.