The revamped Copa MX gets underway this week with the first round of group stage games.
The Copa will now run for the entire 2019-2020 season, with the group stage in the Apertura and the knockout rounds in the Clausura; a total of 27 teams are participating, 15 from Liga MX and 12 from Ascenso MX, drawn into nine groups of three.
The winner of each group, as well as the seven best runners-up, will move on to the knockout rounds. Those will now consist of two-legged series, rather than a single game, and will begin in January.
The new inter-league competition between Liga MX and MLS kicks off this week with the quarterfinal round. Just four teams from each league are competing this year, although expansion for 2020 has already been announced.
For the inaugural 2019 edition, the four Major League Soccer teams will host the quarterfinals, which are single-elimination games. In the event of a tie at the end of regulation, the game will go directly to a penalty shootout to determine advancement; no extra time will be played.
The annual SuperCopa MX and Campeón de Campeones doubleheader will take place this Sunday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The SuperCopa MX will open the doubleheader, with Cruz Azul, the winners of the Apertura 2018 Copa MX, against Necaxa, the 2018 SuperCopa champion. Necaxa earned their spot because the Clausura 2019 Copa MX winner, América, is playing in the Campeón de Campeones game.
América earned a spot in the “champion of champions” game by winning the Apertura 2018 league title; they will face the Clausura 2019 winners, Tigres UANL, in the second game of the doubleheader.
The 2019 Gold Cup concludes this Sunday with a marquee final, as Mexico and the United States renew their rivalry with a trophy on the line.
Mexico holds the record for Gold Cup titles with seven, but the US would match that mark with a victory in this one. The US are also the reigning champions after beating Jamaica 2-1 in the 2017 edition.
On the other hand, these two have faced each other five times in Gold Cup finals, with Mexico winning the title four of those times, including 2011, which is the last time both CONCACAF giants made the final.
The 2019 Gold Cup continues this Tuesday with the first semifinal, where Mexico will be facing an unexpected opponent: Haiti.
Haiti made history on Saturday night with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory against Canada in the quarterfinals, putting them into the semifinals for the first time. They’ll be looking for another huge upset in this one as they set their sights on reaching the final.
The knockout rounds of the 2019 Gold Cup begin this weekend with the quarterfinals. Mexico won Group A with a perfect 3-0-0 record and will now take on Costa Rica, the Group B runner-up, on Saturday night in Houston.
Costa Rica opened their Gold Cup with a pair of victories against Nicaragua and Bermuda before suffering a surprise loss to Haiti in the final Group B game, while Mexico beat Cuba, Canada, and Martinique in Group A play.
Mexico and Costa Rica last met in the quarterfinals in the 2015 Gold Cup, where El Tri advanced in extremely controversial circumstances after being awarded a penalty kick in the final minute of stoppage time in the second half of extra time; Andrés Guardado scored the PK to eliminate Costa Rica.
Mexico wraps up the group stage of the Gold Cup with a match against Martinique. El Tri is currently sitting in first place in Group A with six points after victories against Canada and Cuba, and they’ll look to post a third straight win here.
Martinique has a chance to advance if they can get a positive result here, depending on the result of the Canada/Cuba clash, but getting even a draw will be a tough task against one of the tournament favorites.
Mexico easily won their Gold Cup opener against Cuba, picking up a 7-0 victory, and now face the team in Group A most likely to give them some competition: Canada. The Canadians won their opener with ease as well, beating Martinique 4-0.
This game is expected to decide the group winner, and Mexico is still the favorites. These two have faced off four times in the Gold Cup, with Mexico picking up three wins and outscoring Canada 14-3. Canada did beat them in 2000, though, with a 2-1 quarterfinal victory in the tournament they went on to win.
They’ll be looking to repeat that feat here, but El Tri’s attack has been prolific of late and may prove too much for Canada’s defense to handle.