Dorados de Sinaloa won the Apertura title with a 4-2 aggregate victory over Atlante, while Lobos BUAP took the Clausura title with a 4-2 aggregate victory of their own against FC Juárez.
Puebla needed goals and they couldn’t find any, falling 1-0 to Racing Club on Wednesday night. The 3-2 aggregate victory sends the Argentinian club into the group stage of the 2016 Copa Libertadores, while the Mexicans are eliminated.
The hosts had the better of play from the opening minute, and they also played with the confidence of knowing they had the upper hand thanks to their two away goals from the first leg. They did not sit back to protect their aggregate lead, however, but instead looked to put the series out of reach. Continue reading
The first leg, held in Mexico last week, finished 2-2, which gives the Argentinians the edge based on away goals, which are tiebreakers in this competition. Racing needs just a 0-0 draw to advance, while Puebla needs to win or score at least three goals in a draw.
If both the aggregate and the away goals are tied at the end of the second leg, the game will go directly to a penalty shootout. Continue reading
Puebla twice took the lead and twice failed to hold it as they drew 2-2 with Racing Club in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores playoff. The result gives the Argentinian side the advantage in the series due to their two away goals.
The night started perfectly for Puebla, who took the lead in just the third minute of the game. Matías Alustiza drove a free kick towards the near post and it was just out of reach for goalkeeper Sebastián Saja, who ended up hitting his head against the post as he tried and failed to make the save. Continue reading
The Poblanos will face Argentina’s Racing Club in this home-and-home series, with the winner advancing to Group 3 to face Boca Juniors, Bolívar, and Deportivo Cali.
This is a total goals, aggregate score series; away goals are tiebreakers. If both the aggregate and the away goals are tied at the end of the second leg, the game will go directly to a penalty shootout. Continue reading
Puebla, who earned the “Mexico 3” berth through their SuperCopa MX victory, will face a playoff against Argentina’s Racing in order to reach the group stage proper. The winner of the Puebla/Racing series will be placed in Group 3, alongside Boca Juniors (ARG), Bolívar (BOL), and Deportivo Cali (COL).
Mexico twice took and lost the lead before a 118th-minute strike from Paul Aguilar gave them the 3-2 victory over the U.S. in the CONCACAF Cup. The victory sends Mexico to the 2017 Confederations Cup as the CONCACAF representative.
Mexico opened the scoring early on. In the 10th minute, Oribe Peralta took the ball into the box and sent a cross in for Javier Hernández, who beat Brad Guzan to make it 1-0. It was Chicharito’s first-ever goal against the U.S.
El Tri was dominating possession and chances, but then in the 15th minute, the U.S. got back into it from a set piece. Michael Bradley swung in a free kick and Geoff Cameron met it with a powerful header to tie the game at 1-1.
Both sides had chances to take the lead, but the draw lasted through halftime. There was some excitement in the 34th minute, when a confrontation between Oribe Peralta and Brad Guzan sparked a shoving match involving the majority of both teams.
Mexico completely dominated the entirety of the second half, but despite all of their possession, they could not find a second goal. With the scoreline still 1-1 after 90 minutes, the match went to extra time.
Five minutes into overtime, Oribe Peralta restored Mexico’s lead. Paul Aguilar cut the ball back towards the penalty spot, and Peralta sent the ball through Cameron’s legs and past Guzan to make it 2-1.
Once again, the U.S. fought back to equalize. Substitute Bobby Wood finished off a pass from fellow sub DeAndre Yedlin in the 108th minute to level the match once more. But just as it seemed penalties were inevitable, Raúl Jiménez pounced on a poor clearance and sent the ball back into the box for Aguilar, whose volley gave Mexico the definitive 3-2 lead.
Mexico: Moisés Muñoz, Miguel Layún, Héctor Moreno, Diego Reyes, Paul Aguilar, Andrés Guardado (Javier Güemez 79′), Rafael Márquez (José Arturo Rivas 75′), Héctor Herrera, Raúl Jiménez, Javier Hernández (Jesús Manuel Corona 96′), Oribe Peralta.
U.S.: Brad Guzan, Fabian Johnson (Brad Evans 110′), Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler, DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Jermaine Jones, Gyasi Zardes (DeAndre Yedlin 77′), Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore (Bobby Wood 97′).
Ferretti has chosen to change formations after he tried out a five-man backline in last month’s friendly against Argentina. El Tri will revert to a four-man backline for this game, lining up in a 4-3-3 with Moisés Muñoz in goal.
The defense will be made up of Miguel Layún, Héctor Moreno, Diego Reyes, and Paul Aguilar, with the midfield trio consisting of Héctor Herrera, Andrés Guardado, and Rafael Márquez. The three-pronged attack will be made up by Raúl Jiménez, Oribe Peralta, and Javier “Chicharito” Hernández.
The U.S. and Mexico will renew their heated rivalry on Saturday evening in the Rose Bowl in a one-game playoff for a ticket to the 2017 Confederations Cup.
The U.S. and Mexico earned their spots in the playoff as the winners of the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups, respectively. In the past, the winner of the Gold Cup prior to the Confederations Cup would automatically become the CONCACAF representative in that tournament, but in an effort to boost interest in the Gold Cup in the “off years”, CONCACAF introduced the playoff scheme in April 2013.
“This innovative resolution will allow the champion of every single Gold Cup edition to have the same competitive opportunity to represent CONCACAF at the international level,” explained then-president Jeffrey Webb.
Both teams have had mixed results in recent games, with Mexico drawing Trinidad and Tobago 3-3 and Argentina 2-2 in their September friendlies, while the U.S. defeated Peru 2-1 but fell 4-1 to Brazil in their own friendlies last month.
All attention will now be fixed on the sold-out Rose Bowl on Saturday as the U.S. and Mexico will once again look to show who is the best in CONCACAF.
CONCACAF Cup – Confederations Cup Playoff
Saturday, October 10
United States vs Mexico – 9:30 PM – Fox Sports 1 / Univision / Univision Deportes / Online
Dos Santos was injured during the L.A. Galaxy’s game on Sunday, picking up a muscular injury that will keep him out of the Confederations Cup playoff. Javier Güemez of Club América replaced Dos Santos on the roster.
“Gallito” Váquez will also be absent due to muscular complaints. He reported to the training camp with pain in his left thigh and right calf, and after an MRI it was determined that he should continue his rehab with his club team, León. He was replaced on the roster by teammate Elías Hernández.