Snide Previews for Week Six

Veracruz v Toluca: It’s a good thing Toluca let go of Jose Cardozo. That was clearly the problem. Veracruz wins 2-1.

Cruz Azul v Santos Laguna: Ten matches between these two and a total of four goals scored. Here comes Chepo de la Torre to the rescue! So very much a 0-0 draw.

Morelia v Chiapas: In all of 2016, Morelia has lost once at home. In all of 2016, Chiapas has one once away from home. I’m no expert, but … Morelia wins 3-1.

Apertura 2016 Preview in Snide Comments

America: 100 years in … and I really do hate them more.

Atlas: The one true solace for Cruz Azul fans. Thanks, Atlas.

Chiapas: Are you still a professional team if your squad is playing pro bono?

Cruz Azul: Somebody get Trump a Cruz Azul shirt quickly.

Chivas: The team of the people may be seen by a select few people this year.

Leon: Kind of impressive being a Chivas development team and simultaneously superior to Chivas.

The Positives of Chile 7 - Mexico 0

Mexico’s drubbing at the hands of eventual champions Chile left many a Mexico supporter devastated. It was the worst loss Mexico suffered in anything anyone cared about. It hurt.

Three Points from Mexico v Uruguay

1. Triumph of the TInkerman

The predilection of Juan Carlos Osorio to adjust his lineup and tactics from match to match has beena  source of both confidence and consternation in the Mexican fan base. Some might be troubled by his peculiar formations that excludes proven talent. Others point to his adaptability and willingness to approach each match with an open mind. There is a case to be made for each, but one side is definitely building a stronger case.

Juan Carlos Osorio and Mexico Prevail Over Uruguay

The lead-up to Mexico's opening match in this Copa America is one full of speculation. The debate as to how Mexico will organize on the field and which eleven will present has been varied.  Would there be a three man back line? Would manager Juan Carlos Osorio really start Rafa Marquez? Would Hirving Lozano and Tecatito Corona form a formidable attack alongside Chicharito?

Separation Anxiety

This season started with the normalcy one would expect in recent years. Many teams looked good. There was a hint of resurgence from some. There were the dregs of the league performing justly. And the power of the league resided in Monterrey.

Rayados, under the leadership of Antonio Mohamed, looked to be back in the driver's seat in the league. Their form had been growing for a few seasons. Their acquisition of big time South American talent was paying off. Mohammed imposed his physical nature and defensive organization on a squad that had lost its way. Rayados were again Rayados.

The Case for La Franja

When considering contenders for the next Liga MX title, it's safe to start with the usuals. For as much craziness, disguised under the parity label, as this league presents, title challenges and eventual trophies normally end up in the hands of the power teams.

The Form of Guillermo Ochoa

The goalkeeper debate in Mexico is long and enduring. Occasionally some of us remember that there is a world out there with a blue sky with sun shining … and all that stuff. But it always rears its big ugly mug once again.

Sin Cenicienta

Obscured and ignored before ascending to great heights, the story is as old as time. The little one rises up against the odds and assumes a place among the elite.

In sports, we love the Cinderella story. It’s like pulling for the underdog, but so much more. To be a true Cinderella, it must be one that truly has no reason to aspire to greatness. Their victory should seem preposterous.  

Forward Thinking for Week Ten

Week ten presents plenty of interest in Liga MX. Nothing quite as fascinating as what’s been going on in the Ascenso, but still pretty good.


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