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The numbers behind the Clasico Nacional

Liga MX

Chivas, America face off in crunch Clasico

Liga MX Liguilla
 By Tom Marshall

Chivas are not obligated to win now, but a title will come under Almeyda

There's a lot of pressure on Chivas to win the title this season, but the demands should be for improvement.

The Spanish verb "obligar," which translates rather clumsily as "obligate" in English, has a special place in the Mexican football lexicon.

When it comes to the national team or any of the big clubs, the question of whether they are obligated to win a game or tournament is very common. It lures in both managers and institutions, piles on the pressure and then proceeds to regularly backfire. That's the point of it. After all, if you are obligated to do something and you don't achieve it, then it...

 By Nayib Moran

Chivas, Toluca keep climbing, Tigres still No. 1 in Liga MX Power Rankings

Pumas got their first win of the 2017 Clausura, narrowly defeating Cruz Azul 1-0 in front of a sold out crowd.

About 275,000 spectators went to a soccer stadium nearby to watch Liga MX action; it was an amazing week in that regard and the games didn't fail to rise to the occasion. After two weeks of games, Tigres has yet to score a goal, while Toluca and Pachuca are on top of the table with six points each.

Here are Liga MX's Week 2 Power Rankings:

1. TIGRES UANL (no change):
There's been a noticeable dip in form for Tigres, who only a couple of weeks ago lifted their fifth league title. Los Auriazules'...

 By Nayib Moran

Liga MX W2W4: Jemez's debut, Pachuca-Leon head Clausura Week 1

Sebastian Salazar discusses the upcoming Liga MX Clasura campaign and how the league can cope without Copa Libertadores.

MEXICO CITY -- There was really no wait for Liga MX to come back. After a crazy Liga MX final between Club America and Tigres that wrapped up on Christmas Day, Queretaro and Veracruz start off the 2017 Clausura on Three Kings' Day.

Here are five storylines to follow this weekend:

1. What will happen with the Monterrey-Edwin Cardona saga?

On Colombian radio show, Al Alargue, Edwin Cardona talked about a wide range of topics: from his recent phone conversation with Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli...

Pizarro to Chivas, Marchesin to Club America steal Liga MX draft spotlight

Rodolfo Pizarro joins Chivas from Pachuca for the 2017 Clausura.

Believe it or not, the next Liga MX season is almost underway. That's right, the 2017 Clausura will begin on Jan. 6, less than two weeks after Tigres or Club America are crowned champions of the 2016 Apertura on Christmas Day.

With the start of the new campaign just around the corner, representatives from Liga MX clubs met on Wednesday to take part in this year's winter Liga MX draft. According to the league, 46 transfers were made in total on the day. And while 14 of the 46 were definitive swaps,...

 By Eric Gomez

Clasico roars to relevance in 2016 as America downs Chivas twice in Liguilla

America celebrating
Club America defeated Chivas in the Clausura and Apertura playoffs in 2016.

In our sometimes overly simplistic need to identify protagonists and antagonists in any dramatic narrative, sports rivalries often get framed the same way, even when black and white may very well be several shades of gray.

Think about how many Real Madrid fans are willing to admit that they're the bad guys in their rivalry with Barcelona. Or whether those who follow the New York Yankees enjoy having their team branded as the "evil empire" by Boston Red Sox supporters.

However, in Mexico, as the...

 By Tom Marshall

Chivas were far from faultless in 2016, but they are back and hungry as ever

Matias Almeyda's Chivas were eliminated from the playoffs twice by Club America in 2016, but this was a positive year.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Chivas coach Matias Almeyda shuffled uncomfortably in his seat and shrugged in despair. He had just been asked if the season should be categorized as a failure after witnessing his side crash out of the 2016 Apertura quarterfinals against Club America.

"That word, again?" said Almeyda, clearly agitated by the question. "That is a difficult and hard word."

Only the harshest analysis would judge this past year a failure from a Chivas perspective, even though some will suggest...