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.

 

Look Out For This: El Clasico

Weekly Snark Predictions for Week Six

Friday, August 21:

 

Queretaro vs Cruz Azul: I’m going to start my weekend with this. Watch out for that first step, it’s a doozy. Gallos 2-1 Cruz Azul

Tijuana vs Tigres: Can we somehow get a Gignac strolling down Avenida Revolucion video short? This is really all I’d ever want to see. Xolos 1-1 Tigres

 

Saturday, August 22:

 

El Tri Manager Job Description

Manager

Mexican National Team – Mexico City/Various NFL Arenas

The position described here is for Federacion Mexicana de Futbol Asociacion, A.C., a loosely formed guild of power merchants (FMF). The FMF is based in Mexico with auxiliary operations in the United States. The FMF reserves to right to terminate employment and abandon potential employees in any airport terminal at any time.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

High/Secondary School Diploma or equivalent

The One-Liner Week Three Previews

Week Three is here and so are some bad jokes.

The One-Liner Week Two Previews

Some things will happen this week in Liga MX. I probably won't get to them here.

The Best Laid Gold Cup

When the Gold Cup schedule first made an appearance, it seemed to be leading the same direction as so many in years past. The US team would be on one side of the bracket and Mexico on the other. Their meeting in the final a fait accompli. These things have a way of working out ... as it is by design.

Amazingly this is still in play for the final. Neither team has displayed their best form in the group stage. Luckily for each, it doesn’t really matter in the Gold Cup.

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