Mexico

The Reason Liga MX Splits Its Season Into Apertura And Clausura

To the Eurocentric soccer fan, the competition format for Liga MX is alien, weird and perhaps even unnatural. The Mexican soccer league has two tournaments (the Apertura and Clausura) per season, each with its own playoffs (la liguilla). Two champions are crowned each season. It’s all a bit confusing to outsiders — and even some Liga MX fans. 

Why does Liga MX use the Apertura and Clausura split-season format? Forgive us if this sounds a bit cynical, but as with most things in sports, it’s mostly about money.

There’s No Shame In Being Way Too Excited About El Tri’s Upcoming Pair Of Friendlies

Mexico are certainly not taking it easy with regards to November’s international window. Friendlies against Belgium and Poland in Brussels and Gdansk represent World Cup warmups against the nations currently ranked fifth and sixth in the world, and their UEFA qualifying campaigns certainly give credence to those high-water marks.

USMNT And El Tri Set To Battle For 18-Year-Old Jonathan Gonzalez, Liga MX’s Breakthrough Talent Of The Season

C.F. Monterrey are cruising at the top of the Liga MX table with the playoffs looming, and they have the league’s stingiest defense to thank for that. Los Rayados have conceded only nine goals in 14 matches, and 18-year-old defensive midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez has played a large role in accomplishing that mean feat.

Hirving Lozano Continues To Light The Eredivisie On Fire

Hirving Lozano is ripping the Eredivisie apart in his first season in Europe, with nine league goals so far in eight games in the Netherlands. He also has one goal in the league cup.

Vitesse Arnhem found themselves on the wrong end of Lozano's brilliance on Sunday. Lozano scored twice and assisted once in a 4-2 PSV win. It did not take Lozano very long to assert himself.

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