America v. Cruz Azul Liga MX finals at the Toffee Club in Portland, Oregon
This week sees the first season of Liga MX come to a close for the men’s and women’s leagues.
Thursday 13th December at 3.30 PM Club America vs Cruz Azul – Pub screens
Sunday 16th December at 3.30 PM Cruz Azul vs Club America - Pub screens
Saturday 15th December at 4.55 PM Club America vs Tigres - Pub screens
Sanchez explains: “Liga MX splits their men’s and women’s seasons into two 17-game seasons with an 8 team playoff after each season. The seasons are called the Apertura and the Clausura, with each season holding equal value.
The women’s league has only been around for a few years, but it’s showing a strong start. Last year’s final of Tigres vs Monterrey (El Classico Regiomontano) had over 50,000 people in attendance.
The men’s team has more history and longer-running rivalries.
The upcoming Men’s Apertura final pits two of Mexico's "Big Four" and an all Mexico City derby between Club America and Cruz Azul, in what's known as "El Clasico Joven" (the young classic). It's so named because the two teams have only been playing against each other since the 60's, not as long as Club America's other rivals Pumas UNAM or Chivas De Guadalajara.
Club America last won the title in 2014 and leads Cruz Azul with 12 league titles to their eight. Cruz Azul haven't won one since 1997 and are trying to break what many in Mexico consider a 21 year long curse, which includes losing to America in the 2013 Clausura finals in a rain soaked finals in PKs.
Players to watch from each team are two young Mexicans who've made their national team debuts for El Tri, the Mexican national team. For Cruz Azul it's Roberto Alvarez, who debuted in Mexico's second division at the age of 15. At 20, he's a dynamic and daring midfielder. For Club America, Diego Lainez, the 18 year old who's captured the eyes of everyone in Mexico as the next great jewel. He's a shifty winger who takes players on and can break a game open with his dribbling.”
When asked who he has his money on, Sanchez tells us: “Without taking anything away from Club America, I think Cruz Azul will win the men’s season. For the women’s, I think Tigres will win the second title in a row with the support of their passionate crowd.”
Join us this week to see if Sanchez is right!
Keep an eye on our schedule page for details on the second season, the Clausura which begins on January 4th.