Copa Mexico (copa mx a12)


The Copa MX Apertura 2012 is the 68th staging of the Copa México, the 41st staging in the professional era and the first was played since the 1996–97 edition. It will feature 14 clubs from the Primera División and 14 from the Liga de Ascenso, excluding the clubs that will participate in the 2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions League.

Tournament date: July 24, 2012 – November 1, 2012
Final: November 1, 2012

Club Tijuana (Pri) – Merida (LdeA)

TIJUANA. – The coach of the Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles, Antonio Mohamed, said his team will face the tournament crown with young people, as this will help them be confident and be a reference of the table border in the future. “By causing the recovery of a synthetic pitch game and travel time, we have prepared the preseason with two teams, and so we face the Cup Tournament We’ll give much chance for young people, we play for the preseason with them, so we have a team alternate for youth to play. 

Cruz Azul (Pri)  – Atlante UTN (LdeA)

Cruz Azul last Cup champion, will give opportunity to young people in the tournament butler

The Machine Bulls on Wednesday to get on the court Neza Azul Stadium, where young people try to take this opportunity to fill the eye of coach Guillermo Vazquez, without affecting the tournament.

“I quiet, working with this new project, this new Cup, a great opportunity for me and all my colleagues, we strive every day to fight for and stand a chance in the first team,” said the young Iñaki Dominguez.

“It’s very complicated, I had a chance to play there one year, and when I had to play is a very good division. I talk with young people, tell them it is a very important division for the maturation of a player,” said Hector Gutierrez.

Blue Cross is the last Cup champion, a title achieved precisely with Toros Neza in the year 1996. The destination address them again 16 years after the start of the new MX Cup.

The players who saw action last Saturday against Morelia, in the league, did different work, the rest of the template a very long session of court under the watchful eye of coach Memo Vazquez.

Veracruz – Club America

America coach Miguel Herrera said the tournament will be exploited to give copera minute players like Christian “Hobbit” Bermudez, Adolfo Rosinei, Efrain Juarez and Erick Pimentel, who had physical problems during the preseason, Rubens Sambueza, absent the day 1 of League for suspension or Hugo Gonzalez, answering that supplies the absence of Moses Munoz.

Monarcas – Estudiantes Tecos

Romano (Monarcas Morelia coach) said at midweek Tecos in game for the MX Cup play with a box alternative, it will break the players who were against Cruz Azul and will to see some youngsters on the court.

Dorados de Sinaloa – Club Leon

The green Panzas Lion preparing to debut in front of the Gold Cup MX Sinaloa party to which sent a picture directed by Sergio Martinez alternative, instead of Gustavo Matosas. The meeting was held at the Carlos Gonzalez y Gonzalez stadium in Culiacan, Sinaloa.

Is expected to act Cup match players who did not participate in the match against Queretaro, this is the case of the goalkeeper Christian Martínez, Javier Munoz Mustafa, Edgar Pacheco and Juan Carlos Calderon juveniles and Saul Villalobos, among others. Ignacio Gonzalez was ejected in the game against the Roosters, will travel with the team to avoid losing the pace of competition.

Finally, Sebastian Maz just jogged a bit and had a rehabilitation session, after feeling slight muscle discomfort after the game Saturday. It is expected that the striker is fully recovered for the game on Friday, before the Xolos of Tijuana.


Liga MX Launched

With a lot of fanfare, pomp, circumstance, flashing lights, and even confetti, the newly branded Liga MX, Ascenso MX (2nd division), and Copa MX were launched yesterday in Mexico City.

Important people gave speeches. Logos were unveiled, as well as a code of ethics and an anthem, to be played before every game. Suits, refs, and players all made solemn promises. Soon after the ceremony, the league launched its official website. 

The point system, as expected, was not changed. The liguilla will still be played with the top 8 teams. There will still be 11 playing 11 on the field. The halves will still be 45 minutes a piece. A goal will still count as one unit.

So what did change?

The Copa MX has been added for one. And for the first 6 weeks of the season, there will be mid-week cup games played before an 8 team knock-out tournament will determine the champion.

As we mentioned before, the first tie-braker in the post season will be away goals, eliminating the “all the higher seed needs is a tie” element of the post season.

Probably the biggest change that will have an immediate impact is that any post-match disciplinary action will now take into account video footage, and not rely solely on the ref’s post game report.

The new League honcho, Decio De Maria laid out some goals as well. They want to improve attendance, ratings, and stadia. Ambitious, to be sure, and certainly not something that was going to be transformed overnight. He also wants to ensure that it’s the players that are the stars of the show – not the announcers, or the refs, or the coaches, or the team owners.

What didn’t change was the extreme cynicism with which all this was received by both the press and the fans. Many saw this as nothing more than putting lipstick on a pig… nothing more than the same ol’ same ol’ from the usual suspects… every move the FMF makes is the wrong one…. Most of the Mexican Media see the local league as god awful, using as their basis of comparison always La Liga, particularly, Real Madrid vs Barcelona.

Their impression of the local league has not changed since the 80s, nor has their impression of Concacaf.

Those of you who read this space on a regular basis know that I am not the biggest fan of the market makers in Mexican soccer. But as hard as I am on them, I have to recognize that they are finally making an effort to improve their product on the field. If the players are good, then the footie is good. Everything else will follow, especially the increased revenue. Incorporating the somewhat forgotten Second Division into a decent competition is a move in the right direction.

It is apparent that Mexico’s youth system has been producing some very talented players over the past few years, as evidenced by their success at the international level. Unfortunately for youngsters, coaches are very hesitant (perhaps because they know better than anyone that a 3-game losing streak could put their job at risk) to give the greenhorns minutes in a league game. The midweek Copa MX fixtures, then, provide the appropriate stage for the teams younger players to log some field time. It may turn out that the 20 year-old bench warmer might have a little more game than the 34 year-old fossil.

The newly branded league gets going Friday night with a double header: Jaguares vs Tigres and Puebla visits TJ.

Copa MX kicks off next week.