Tigres

A Blank Slate for the Liguilla Semifinals

The Liguilla quarterfinals taught us much about the eight teams involved. Rayados are a dominant force ready to steamroll anyone who dare step in to their path, while Atlas is not ready to challenge for a title. America can win ugly, while Cruz Azul simply can’t win. Tigres, the victors, aren’t playing to their full potential, while Leon, the defeated, did just that.   And finally Morelia has come a long way from relegation avoidance, while Toluca continue to be a good but not great side.

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

The Burrito Wrap - 7th April

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After a one week break The Burrito Wrap returns to analyse some of the leading stories off the pitch. 
 
Green for El Tri…
 
Those who watched the weekend’s games will have noticed that the Nike-sponsored America, Atlas, Xolos and Pachuca all played in green in support of El Tri at the World Cup (interestingly Monterrey also have their kits made by Nike but didn’t play in green, maybe a reader can shed some light on the reason why?).
 

Top Stories of Week Ten

Bottom-level Tigres stun league-leading Cruz Azul


Tigres haven't given us much of anything to applaud until this weekend, when they handed league leading Cruz Azul their first loss of 2014. The Azul y Blanca have managed to go nine games without losing a match or their spot at the top of the table, but an early penalty got Tigres on the board in under 10 minutes, and despite a hard pressing effort, Cruz Azul were unable to pounce back.

The Burrito Wrap – 24th Feb 2014

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After its absence last week the Burrito Wrap is back with its usual three tasty stories.

The Power Shift

The past several years were marked by a changing of the guard. The usual powers of Mexican soccer slumped while others rose up to claim their coveted positions. That power shift, which seemed to be   potentially long-lasting, has faded away this season.

Higher Education and Jornada 4

When a league sends nearly half its teams into a playoff to determine its champion it's a little silly to get too worked up about any one match. With the away goal rule recently creeping its way in to the Liguilla, the only advantage to higher seeds is hosting the second leg and having the second tiebreaker in the first two rounds (so, basically nothing). Finish in the top eight and you have a chance.

The Burrito Wrap

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As part of a new feature on Soccer Mexicana we look back at some of this week’s top stories away from results on the pitch. These delectable morsels are wrapped up in a metaphorical warm tortilla every week for your consumption. Buen provecho.

Postseason Postulations

The Liga MX Apertura season is coming to a close. One week remains to lock up positions for the always anxious, sometimes exciting, and never predictable Liguilla. With that should comes talk and speculation about the chances of each team and the failures of other. However, it would not be hyperbole to say that this season has had a bit of a stink attached.

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