Liga MX in its Final Third
Posted on March 12, 2013 17:45
As we head into the final third of the Liga MX Clausura13 season, here are a few thoughts about all 18 sides, written in order of the current standings.
Tigres – Did you see that Nebraska-style support in San Luis over the weekend? 20,000 supporters made the 300 mile trip south to fill San Luis’ stadium. Tigres won 2-1, and are leading Liga MX. So why did Tuca send a reserve squad to the great Northwest?
Atlas – Wow. They are clearly the surprise team of the tournament, and a fun team to watch. When was the last time we could say that about the perpetually bumbling Guadalajara side? Salvation may not be the only thing to celebrate at the Jalisco.
Club America – It’s safe to assume the swagger is well on it’s way back, but Americanismo won’t be at its obnoxious “ódiame más” best until a trophy is harvested. And Copa MX doesn’t count.
Santos – Is the Torreón side on the verge of erupting like they did at this point last year. The Warriors are hoping history is prologue, and that it starts with a comeback over an MLS side in the Concachampions.
Pumas – It has been a while since Pumas were in the liguilla, but they clearly do not have the artillery to go goal for goal against the better sides.
Xolos – Based on who has taken the field in the local ties, Xolos is focusing on the Libertadores, where they have yet to lose. In a span of one week, Xolos beat Corinthians in the Libertadores and then lost to relegation-embattled Queretaro.
Pachuca – The tuzos have too many weapons to be struggling on the offensive end. They need to start scoring because they don’t seem to be in a hurry to stop giving them up.
Chivas – Losing Marco Fabian hurts, especially with their two toughest games of the season looming: away to Tigres and home to América. They did manage to beat Pachuca without him. Next goal, win two in a row – which they have yet to do this season.
Queretaro – The Gallos haven’t played poorly. It’s just that their relegation buddies (Atlas) have been sensational. Luckily for Queretaro, San Luis has been beyond awful and are now within striking distance.
Puebla – They have a great coach in Manuel Lapuente. They are probably a year away from being better, but Puebla’s owners are not known for their patience.
Monterrey – Rayados were struggling last Clausura, and, like Santos, they found their spark in the CCL. They won that (over Santos) for the second year in a row while losing the liguilla final to Santos. Whatever happens this season, this is probably the last rodeo for Victor Manuel Vucetich and co.
Morelia – When the big news of the season is that your goal keeper will be sitting out a game for the first time in decades, it’s not going well, but at least they are not Toluca.
Toluca – Home losses in the local league and the Libertadores are just not the norm for either Toluca or Enrique Meza coached teams. Hard to believe they were finalists last season-one of the clausura’s big flops. At least they are not Cruz Azul.
Cruz Azul – Cruz Azul may not have won a trophy in a while, but they have always been consistently solid. Every now and then, though, they have a spectacular flame out, and this year’s was punctuated by a coach who blamed the fans for the teams troubles. Always a winning strategy… if you are looking to get bounced.
Atlante – Their coach, Ricardo Lavolpe, left the team due to a heart condition. You might have a heart episode too if you saw their roster.
Chiapas – Their best player from last year’s side is now scoring goals in the Champions League. They have yet to replace him. Always notoriously slow starters, the jungle cats are still stuck in neutral.
León – Last season’s surprise team should have left things alone. Instead, they spent big,big money to tinker with the roster. Did it work? They only have one win this year. To say expectations from la fiera have been tempered somewhat is an understatement. Fans went from hoping to contend for the Liga MX and Libertadores double to “at least we have enough points to avoid relegation.”
San Luis – If there was ever a team that deserves to be relegated, it is San Luis. The have no wins, no passion, and no ideas to get out of their funk except fire the coach, which they have already done.
This is Liga MX, and when only 9 points separate the 3rd place team from thr 14th place team, the standings will get shuffled before the liguilla is finalized. Stay tuned.