After a short three-week break in between the end of the Apertura 2013 season and the start of the Clausura 2014 season on Friday, the Liga MX is back and in full swing as this tournament will see a team relegated to the second division.
The season started with a surprise as Queretaro beat Monarcas Morelia 1-0 to claim three very valuable points in their fight to avoid relegation. This result would characterize Week 1 of the season. Chivas gave their fans hope that maybe things will be better under coach Jose Luis Real as they earned a valuable 1-1 draw against Santos Laguna in a game where they showed much a lot of determination and tactical acumen.
The Saturday kicked off with the game of weekend as title favorites Club America defeated Tigres UANL 3-0 to give new coach Antonio Mohamed a start on the right foot while they showed no change in tactical philosophy.
In addition to that clash, there were three other games of note played on Saturday which were noteworthy. Monterrey hosted Cruz Azul in a match that ended 0-0 where neither team did much of anything to make a claim for the three points. What did stand out from the game was how a group of fans wore t-shirts calling for sporting director Luis Miguel Salvador to be fired.
Pachuca played better than Toluca in their matchup, but were unable to take advantage of the possession and scoring chances as a goal from Pablo Velasquez, the top goal scorer from the last tournament, gave Toluca the game-winner as Jose Cardozo beat his former coach Enrique Meza once again.
Xolos were able to pull off a 0-0 draw against Atlas in a game which marked the official return of Tomas Boy to coach ‘Los Rojinegros’, while it was also their first game with Grupo Salinas/TV Azteca as owners of the team.
In Sunday’s action, Pumas UNAM, a team who must do much better than what they did during the Apertura season, jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks Martin Bravo scoring both goals but squandered away the lead and ended up with a 2-2 result against Puebla.
The final game of the tournament saw defending champions Leon take on Atlante, a team in position to be relegated. It was a game that Atlante will rue not winning as they had two penalty attempts stopped while Carlos Pena showed why I have compared his game to that of Frank Lampard. The game ended 2-2 to close out an interesting Week 1 of action.