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.
Chivas de Guadalajara, the Apertura 2015 Copa MX champion, defeated Clausura 2016 champion Veracruz 2-0 in the 2016 SuperCopa MX. The victory not only gives El Rebaño the SuperCopa title but also qualifies them for a spot in the 2017 Copa Libertadores play-in round.
Chivas started the game off better and in the early going they found chances through Carlos Peña, who tried his luck from outside the box, and Ángel Zaldívar, who sent his opportunity into the stands.
The SuperCopa MX will open the night with the winners of the Apertura 2015 and Clausura 2016 Copa MX tournaments facing off. Veracruz and Chivas de Guadalajara will be competing not only for the SuperCopa title, but also for the spot in the 2017 Copa Libertadores that comes with it.
The SuperCopa MX will open the night (6:00 PM Eastern), with the winners of the Apertura 2015 and Clausura 2016 Copa MX tournaments facing off. Veracruz and Chivas de Guadalajara will be competing not only for the SuperCopa title, but for the spot in the 2017 Copa Libertadores that comes with it. The SuperCopa will be aired live online by FuboTV (sign up for a 24-hour free trial).
Puebla, winners of the Clausura 2015 Copa MX, have captured the first trophy of the new Apertura 2015 season: the 2015 SuperCopa MX. Puebla defeated Monarcas Morelia 1-0 on Monday night to lift the SuperCopa title.
It was the first competitive game for Puebla’s new coach, Pablo Marini, who fared better than Morelia’s new coach, Enrique Meza. Both of these teams will be involved in the relegation fight in the upcoming Apertura 2015, and Puebla will go into the new season with some confidence on the back of this win. As for Morelia – currently penultimate in the relegation standings – improvements will need to come quickly.
The game was a little slow to get started, with the teams playing in the afternoon heat in Frisco, Texas. The game was halted briefly in each half for hydration breaks, and neither team could find a goal until the second half.
Puebla scored what proved to be the lone goal of the match in the 67th minute. The Poblanos earned a corner kick and it was put into a dangerous spot; Cirilo Saucedo made the initial save, but Luis Gabriel Rey followed up on the rebound to put Puebla ahead 1-0.
Morelia was unable to find an equalizer, with Puebla’s new goalkeeper, Cristian Campestrini, showing his abilities en route to a shutout, with Meza’s attacking substitutions – Carlos Ochoa and Mauro Cejas – unable to make an impact.
Puebla: Cristian Campestrini, Mario de Luna, Patricio Araujo, Carlos Gutiérrez, Luis Robles, Christian Bermúdez (Roberto Juárez 81′), Flavio Santos (David Toledo 66′), Luis Gabriel Rey, Alberto Acosta (Matías Alustiza 57′), Óscar Rojas, Francisco Torres.
Morelia: Cirilo Saucedo, Juan Pablo Rodríguez, Enrique Pérez, Torsiglieri, Facundo Erpen, Pablo Velázquez (Carlos Ochoa 58′), Yorleys Mena (Armando Zamorano 52′), Cristian Pellerano, Hibert Ruíz, Jefferson Cuero, Dieter Villalpando (Mauro Cejas 67′).
Opening the night will be Monarcas Morelia and Puebla, who will contest the SuperCopa MX. Morelia won the Apertura 2013 Copa MX, while Puebla won the Clausura 2015 Copa MX.
Santos Laguna, who won the Apertura 2014 Copa MX and would normally have a berth in the SuperCopa, also won the Clausura 2015 league title and as a result is participating instead in the Campeón de Campeones game.
In the Campeón de Campeones, Santos Laguna will face off against Club América, who won the Apertura 2014 league title.
Monday, July 20
Puebla vs Monarcas Morelia – 6:30 PM – Univision Deportes / Online
Campeón de Campeones
Monday, July 20
América vs Santos Laguna – 9:30 PM – Univision Deportes / Online
The 2015 Campeón de Campeones and SuperCopa MX games will be held in the U.S. The two games will be played in Toyoto Stadium in Frisco, Texas, the home of FC Dallas, in a doubleheader on Monday, July 20th.
Opening the night will be Monarcas Morelia and Puebla, who will contest the SuperCopa MX. Normally, this game would be played between the winners of the previous Apertura and Clausura cups, but Santos Laguna, who won the Apertura 2014 Copa MX, also won the Clausura 2015 league title and as a result is already participating in the Campeón de Campeones game. As a result, they were replaced in the SuperCopa by Monarcas Morelia, who won the Apertura 2013 Copa MX.
The highlight match of the night will be the Campeón de Campeones game between the last two league winners: Santos Laguna and Club América. Santos defeated Querétaro 5-3 on aggregate in the Clausura 2015 final, while América beat Tigres UANL 3-1 on aggregate in the Apertura 2014 final to win their record twelfth title.
Monday, July 20
Puebla vs Monarcas Morelia – 6:30 PM – Unvision Deportes
Campeón de Campeones
Monday, July 20
América vs Santos Laguna – 9:30 PM – Univision Deportes
Tickets for the two matches are available from FC Dallas’s website here.
After picking up a commanding 4-1 win in Wednesday night’s first leg, Monarcas Morelia looked all but assured of capturing the SuperCopa and with it, a berth in the 2015 Copa Libertadores. Tigres UANL made it very difficult for them, though, as they mounted a stunning comeback that fell just short, winning tonight’s second leg 3-1 but falling 4-5 on aggregate.
Hernán Darío Burbano gave Tigres a lifeline and inspired the home crowd in the 16th minute when he finished a cross from Jorge Torres Nilo to make it 1-0 on the night and 2-4 on aggregate. Tigres looked to have made it 2-0 in the 26th, but Marco Ruben’s would-be goal was disallowed for offside.
An injury to Damián Álvarez required a reshuffle of Tigres’ lineup, with Gerardo Lugo entering the game and Burbano moving to the left, where he was less effective. In the 62nd minute, referee Fernando Guerro called a controversial penalty after ruling that Rodrigo Godínez fouled Guido Pizarro, and Juninho converted the PK to make it 2-0 (3-4).
After that, Morelia seemed to wake up and quickly increased their aggregate lead with a free kick from Carlos Morales, making it 2-1 (3-5). Tigres kept pressing, however, and Juninho would score a free kick of his own in the 81st minute, sending his shot straight through Morelia’s wall to make it 3-1 Tigres (4-5), but the universitarios were not able to find the fourth goal that would have sent the tie to penalty kicks.
Monarcas Morelia are the 2014 SuperCopa champions and have qualified for the play-in round of the 2015 Copa Libertadores.
Tigres: Sergio García, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Iván Estrada (José Francisco Torres 80′), Egidio Arévalo, Hernán Darío Burbano, Damián Álvarez (Gerardo Lugo 35′), Guido Pizarro, Marco Ruben, Emanuel Villa (Hérculez Gómez 69′).
Morelia: Carlos Felipe Rodríguez, Ignacio González (Carlos Guzmán 27′), Joel Huiqui, Rodrigo Godínez, Hamilton Pereira, Jorge Zárate (Víctor Guajardo 65′), Armando Zamorano (José Antonio Olvera 87′), Christian Valdez, Carlos Morales, Duvier Riascos, Óscar Fernández.
Monarcas Morelia hosted Tigres UANL in the first leg of the 2014 SuperCopaMX tonight with the two teams vying for a spot in the 2015 Copa Libertadores play-in round.
Morelia was without captain Carlos Morales for this one due to a one-game suspension that carried over from the Clausura 2014 Copa MX, but that didn’t stop the home team from taking an early lead. A long-range shot from Oscar Fernández found the back of the net in the 13th minute to make it 1-0 in favor of Monarcas.
Emanuel Villa looked certain to equalize the game for Tigres in the 31st minute when he easily beat his marker to a corner kick, but his powerful header ended up hitting the post and going harmlessly wide. After that scare, Morelia turned the pressure back on, with Jorge Zárate trying a header of his own, but his was rather more off the mark.
Duvier Riascos was also a persistent threat for Morelia, but when halftime rolled around they still had just the 1-0 lead. That allowed los universitarios to get back into the game in the second half, when Hernán Darío Burbano scored for Tigres in the 56th minute. However, that 1-1 scoreline lasted less than a minute before Morelia retook the lead through Zárate, and Monarcas went on to score twice more in an emphatic 4-1 win.
Morelia’s third goal was the result of a nicely worked play that ended with Hamilton Pereira sending the ball into the top corner, while Duvier Riascos – who looked dangerous throughout the match – scored the fourth in large part due to a terrible error from goalkeeper Sergio García. That blunder will re-ignite the debate about who should be Tigres’ starting keeper for the Apertura, as the club recently brought in Nahuel Guzmán and now rumor has it that Enrique Palos is on his way out.
Although there is still another leg to be played (Saturday – 8:00 PM – Azteca America), it will take a truly monumental comeback from Tigres to wrest this one away from Morelia.
Morelia: Carlos Felipe Rodríguez, Joel Huiqui, Christian Valdez, Ignacio González, Rodrigo Godínez, José Antonio Olvera, Hamilton Pereira, Armando Zamorano, Duvier Riascos (Luis Silva 77′), Oscar Fernández (Víctor Guajardo 90′), Jorge Zárate (Luis Morales 82′).
Tigres: Serio García, Iván Estrada, Juninho, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Egidio Arévalo, Guido Pizarro (José Francisco Torres 72′), Damián Álvarez, Marco Ruben, Hérnan Darío Burbano, Emanuel Villa.
The winner of the SuperCopa will enter the first stage of the Copa Libertadores, in which they will play a home-and-away two-legged tie with a South American team in order to earn qualification to the second stage of the tournament, which is the group stage.
First Leg – Wednesday, July 9
Monarcas Morelia vs Tigres UANL – 9:00 PM – Azteca America
Second Leg – Saturday, July 12
Tigres UANL vs Monarcas Morelia – 8:00 PM – Azteca America