Liga MX to Save My Mental Health

It has been one week since the painful Mexico elimination from the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Like a gullible woman who tells herself that her cheating boyfriend will be faithful this time around, I believed that Mexico would reach the quarterfinals of a World Cup (and maybe even beyond). And like this hypothetical women, I was left heartbroken, and hating myself for believing.

Luckily I have my work to keep me busy and to keep me from the cliché tub of ice cream. But no matter how much work I have around me the image of Robben flopping to the ground, and the referee pointing to the spot still haunts me. Still at my desk in front of my computer, there is no way of escaping all of the memes and videos.

It wasn’t until late Thursday night that I was able to get a proper distraction from the painful reality that is the World Cup. Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente hosted their first preseason friendly match at the Estadio Caliente. I once again attended a soccer match live and in person, sat in the press box, and reported on what was going on with a Liga MX team.

Friday and Saturday morning was more World Cup coverage from the office. Having to see Costa Rica - one of Mexico’s biggest rivals - take on the Netherlands was another painful event to stomach. But come Saturday night, Xolos hosted once again another match at the Caliente. All part of their preseason four-way tournament Copa Tijuana.

The lights, the crowd, the soccer happening right in front of you and not just on a TV screen was like a breath of fresh air.

As of today we are only 11 days away from officially kicking off the Apertura 2014 season of Liga MX. And in between those 11 days there will be another trip to stadium to cover soccer, Xolos, Club America, Cruz Azul, and Dorados de Sinaloa will all be in action in the same night at Petco Park in San Diego.

A new season of Liga MX is just the thing to get over the disappointment of the World Cup. A new season of covering matches live and in person, a new season full of hope for Club America, as they have assembled a pretty strong team, a new season of hoping all three of America's rivals lose all of their matches.

Only the return of the Liga MX could save me from going crazy! SIENTE TU LIGA (Feel your League)

** the photo is used under a Creative Commons license from Rafa Puerta