It's Liguilla time in Liga MX. The 2017 Apertura season came to a close over the weekend with Monterrey clinching the title with 37 points from 17 games. Tigres finished in 2nd-place with 32, losing to local rivals Monterrey on the final day of the season. Club America took 3rd-place with 30 points. Morelia finished in front of Toluca with both teams at 29 points. Cruz Azul took 6th with 27 points. Jonathan Bornstein's Leon finished in 7th-place with 26 and Atlas in 8th with 25.
Monterrey plays Atlas in the quarterfinals with Morelia hosting Toluca on that side of the bracket. Tigres has Leon, and Club America plays Cruz Azul in a Mexico City matchup. Goal.com's Jon Arnold previews the Liga MX playoffs.
Also making the soccer news, the sack race resumes in the Premier League. On Monday, West Brom manager Tony Pulis became the latest to part ways with his club. West Brom lost 4-0 at home to Chelsea, their fourth loss in a row. They're 17th in the Premier League table, a point out of the relegation zone.
"These decisions are never taken lightly but always in the interests of the club," West Brom chairman John Williams said. "We are in a results business and over the back end of last season and this season to date, ours have been very disappointing. We would like to place on record our appreciation of Tony's contribution and hard work during a period of transition for the Club which included a change of ownership. We wish him well in his future endeavours."
West Brom becomes the 5th managerial change since the start of the Premier League season. Crystal Palace went first on September 11, followed by Leicester City and Everton making changes in October. West Ham United parted ways with Slaven Bilic on November 6.
The Toronto Sun's Kurtis Larson talks to Michael Bradley about the Eastern Conference finals. AP's look at MLS attendance and TV ratings. American Soccer Now's Brian Sciaretta interviews New England Revolution coach Brad Friedel. The Washington Post's Steven Goff on the roster of MLS coaches. The Independent's Jack Pitt-Brooke profiles Christian Pulisic. Wired868's Lasana Liburd reports on issues with the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association's general meeting.
Football 365's John Nicholson questions the value of experience in contemporary soccer. Keir Radnedge has the news that Italy federation president Carlo Tavecchio resigned in the aftermath of not qualifying for the World Cup. Kristan Heneage stresses Paul Pogba's importance for this version of Manchester United. The Guardian's Jonathan Wilson looks at Spurs' record against the top Premier League club. The NY Times' Rebecca R Ruiz on potential witness tampering at the FIFA corruption trial in New York.
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