The Burrito Wrap - Jornada 3

The Burrito Wrap is back after a prolonged summer break- / relocation- / World Cup- induced holiday. A new season means a new format, and while we’ll continue to look at top stories off the pitch, we’ll also try and some variety to the column from week-to-week, meaning you'll get a veritable potluck of Burrito fillings.

 

So, without further ado, let’s get started…

 

New Players, Same Problems

 

The Liga MX rightly prides itself as being one of (if not the best) domestic leagues outside of Europe. While the excitement on the pitch, the attendances in the stadiums, and the wealth of the clubs certainly attests to as much, one area where the league could improve is in the transfer market.

 

There is an annually repeated pattern whereby the league’s brightest talents either leave (or agitate to leave) Mexico every summer, and the majority of the players brought into the league from outside are either over thirty or under twenty three. How many players have signed for Liga MX sides in the last ten years that are well-recognised and in the peak of their careers?

 

It a problem that needs to be solved, especially now the momentum is with the CONCACAF region in light of its excellent performances in the World Cup.

 

Tigres have taken a lot of criticism for their treatment of Alan Pulido, and although sending him to the reserves was probably a bit over the top and his contract situation is murky at best, they are right to fight as hard as possible to keep hold of him. America should do the same with Jimenez, Pachuca should have tried harder to retain Valencia - the list goes on. Of course the players deserve their chance to play in Europe - but ultimately the Liga MX needs to try and become good enough so that its best young talents can achieve their ambitions without leaving.

 

Part of the solution is developing the entire CONCACAF region. At present the gulf in class between the Liga MX / MLS and the rest of the region’s leagues is far too great. Of course, it’s not easy to develop a region which contains some of the world’s poorest countries outside Africa; their governments’ money can, and should, be spent on more pressing issues. Nonetheless, the fact remains that until the Champions League expands to include more teams and distributes more of its TV revenue to developing leagues, the MLS reforms itself to truly fulfil its potential, and the talent-drain of all the region’s best players is halted, very little will change long-term.

 

Success lies in youth, not in filling squads with thirty-somethings who can ‘do a job’.

 

More Goals?

 

Last season we reached a point - between about halfway and two thirds of the way through the season - where well over half of the sides in the league were averaging less than a goal-per-game. A few high scoring games towards the back end of the season rectified the problem, but it wasn’t a good advert for the Mexican game.

 

This season those problems seem slightly less apparent, but the goal-scoring woes are by no means in the past. Currently, nine sides have averaged less than a goal-per-match while Toluca have scored exactly three - if it weren’t for Tigres and Atlas both scoring four recently that figure would be higher still. It’s an improvement though, and as the teams start to settle into the flow of the campaign hopefully those numbers will continue to go in the right direction.

 

By Daniel Price

 

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