Friday’s soccer news starts with the conclusion of the Copa MX. Monterrey won the 2017 Apertura edition, beating Pachuca 1-0 at home. Omar Gonzalez got the start for Pachuca, with the club returning for the final after participating in the FIFA Club World Cup. Monterrey’s Aviles Hurtado scored the game’s only goal in the 57th minute with Juan Pablo Carrizo keeping the clean sheet. The focus in Mexico club soccer now moves fully to the 2018 Clausura.
That focus for the 2018 Spring season will highlight Monterrey trying to do one better in Liga MX. Winning the Copa MX won’t overshadow losing the league final to the team you share a city with. Monterrey overcoming that loss to Tigres will be the major story in the Clausura. Of course, this is Mexico where the move from season-to-season can disrupt even the best teams. It’s a tricky scenario the Liga MX system produces for all of its clubs.
Goal.com’s Jon Arnold on the Copa MX final. Soccer America’s Paul Kennedy on the Sacramento MLS bid facing funding issues. MLSsoccer.com’s Dave Martinez profiles new Portland Timbers coach Gio Savarese.
ESPN FC’s Sid Lowe previews Saturday’s Real Madrid vs Barcelona game. AP’s Rob Harris reports on the issues with Stoke City. The Guardian’s Jonathan Wilson on Arsene Wenger’s defensive tactics. The Independent’s Jonathan Liew uses Burnley to make a bigger point. World Soccer’s Nick Bidwell doesn’t see anybody catching Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Inside World Football’s Paul Nicholson reports on match fixing concerns in Spain’s lower divisions.
Sky’s the limit for this one! 🚀🌕✨
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