Angel Reyna

On the Brink: Week 2-3

Two weeks have now passed in this season and no further clarity has come to the relegation race. The apparent weakest squads heading in to the season have displayed the opposite. The teams known for mental fragility have toughed-out wins. The script is flipped from one week to the next.

One consistency is present. Liga MX officiating will be heard. The relegation race is not fortunate enough to escape the grasp of dodgy officiating that infects the entirety of the league.  Two of our fearful foursome were directly impacted this week by some shady decisions from the arbitros.

Winners, Losers, and Lost: Week 2 - A14

Each week this column will look back at the results from the weekend in Liga MX. It will heap praise on the Big Winner, lament for the Big Loser, and ridicule something that appears to be Completely Lost based on the weekend's action.   

The Big Winners: Chivas

The Best and Worst of Mexican Soccer 2013

It was a great year if you support Mexico's most popular club team. It was pretty terrible, otherwise. El Tri was an abomination. Club America were the most successful club team and then managed to parlay that into a national team coup d'état. It was ugly.

Yet, it's the time for reflection and glossing over the past twelve months in a holiday cookie-fueled haze. So without further ado, I give you the best and the worst of Mexican soccer 2013 ...

Missing Persons Alert

ALERT! There is somebody missing in Liga MX, and I think it’s very important that we find this individual                  

Seeing Through the Friendly Mirage

If there's anything that ardent soccer fans know, it is that it's always trouble to read too much in to a friendly. They can be highly deceiving. The chances that this type of exhibition match has lasting carry-over to the matches with increased weight is pretty low. Yet, for supporters of the Mexican national team there was plenty to pleased with from this match. If for no other reason, we finally saw an El Tri that resembled something from the past. This looked like a team capable of scoring and winning matches. This was the antithesis of Chepo Ball 2013. They were fun to watch.

Trading Places: A Preview (of sorts) of the Apertura 2013 Season

If Mexican league fans learned anything this year, it’s that everything has a price. We are more than used to jerseys smattered with more sponsors than a race car. However this summer took it to another level. We saw a rash of clubs being scooped up by other cities for coveted top flight position and the league receiving a ridiculous branding stamp right over its recently christened name. 

The Upward Trajectory of Pachuca

Article about Pachuca's re-found success. Posted on Soccerly.com

Failure to Launch

Last night, the Mexican National Team began their play in the final qualifying round (The Hex) for next year's World Cup. They hosted Jamaica at the Estadio Azteca in front of a late arriving crowd. The crowd was not the only group of Mexicans who arrived late to the match. The players came out on to the field and put on a pathetic performance. Jamaica was able to grind out a scoreless draw with nearly as many quality scoring chances as the home team.
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