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Liga MX Power Rankings: America, Chivas take top early Clausura spots

America continues its good form from last season's championship run but are searching for a scoring threat in the transfer market.

MEXICO CITY -- Let's try something new.

Well, it's not entirely new. Inspired by (but definitely not copied from) ESPN's fantastic treatment of the NFL Power Rankings -- in which a different topic is explored each week -- the improved Liga MX Power Rankings will give great nuggets of content along the way. Here's how it works: a different topic or question is chosen each week and then spread out among the teams, giving you an added twist.

The rankings, however, remain simple. The number one...

Foundation for Diego Lainez's success is there, but Real Betis must be patient

Even with his extensive managerial resume, ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno is unsure Tata Martino will be able to satisfy Mexico's high expectations.

In the media event ahead of the Liga MX final last month, 18-year-old Diego Lainez sat on a stool by the pitch inside Estadio Azteca and fielded questions for more than 30 minutes. The youngster, already a household name in Mexico, was one of the most sought-after players.

"How do you deal with all the speculation about European clubs being interested and the pressure of playing a final inside Estadio Azteca?" Lainez was asked.

"I enjoy myself," replied Lainez, looking to the side and seeming...

Liga MX predictions: Chivas back to playoffs, Cruz Azul to fall short again

MEXICO CITY -- On the eve of the new Liga MX season kicking off, what to make of the flurry of transfer moves and coaching changes made after Club America cemented their thirteenth league title? How will clubs like Pumas, Cruz Azul and Chivas rebound after very different disappointments ended their respective seasons? Here are five things to expect in the Clausura 2019: 

1. Chivas will return to the playoffs

Even after a disappointing Apertura and the loss of a few key players in the winter...

Best of Liga MX Apertura '18: Miguel Herrera unanimous pick as top boss

With the Liga MX Apertura 2018 season having wrapped up earlier this week, our writers -- Eric Gomez, Cesar Hernandez, and Tom Marshall -- take a look back some of the best players, biggest disappointments, and favorite moments. 

Best player

Guido Rodriguez (Club America)

You don't tend to get many headlines as a holding midfielder,...

Liga MX: From Club America to Veracruz, one-sentence reviews of each team

Liga MX seasons can at times feel like a whirlwind. With two playoff runs and two league champions in 12 months, there is little time to take a break and look away from all of the excitement. In the spirit of that brevity in the Mexican first division, we've decided to provide a one-sentence season review for each team.

If you didn't get a chance to keep up with the rapid pace of the league, here's what you might have missed.

Club America -- Champions

With some help from Edson Alvarez in the second...

How Club America's record Liga MX title, Cruz Azul's latest loss gripped Mexico City

Club America's Liga MX championship put the spotlight of the sport back on Mexico City.
Club America's Liga MX championship put the spotlight of the sport back on Mexico City.

MEXICO CITY -- The T-shirts emblazoned with "Cruz Azul 2018 Apertura champion" hung on the pegs of the unofficial merchandise stands. Fifty meters away, huge banners draped from the roof of the Estadio Azteca radiated positive vibes for Cruz Azul.

"It isn't 90 minutes, it's our history," read one, with another alongside it: "We won't try to do it, we will achieve it!"

The signs of Cruz Azul's longing for a title remained on display even as La Maquina fans filed out of the stadium, some in tears,...