It’s no secret that Liga MX has grown in popularity, especially in the United States. A league which produces mind boggling storylines week in and week out. It is no wonder why soccer aficionados are finding enjoyment in watching the Mexican league.
As interest continues to grow, there are some things new fans should keep an eye on this 2017 Apertura…
Can new addition Lobos BUAP keep the momentum going?
They are new to Liga MX this season after being promoted, and right off the bat, they are on top of the table after three matches. For new fans, this could be a team which pulls at the heart strings in terms of finding a team to have an affinity for. Not only are they not a big club, per say, but they have been winning in spectacular fashion.
Granted, it is very early to definitively say they will be staying hot for long, but they have been tackling their new journey in Liga MX impressively. To add, they aren’t the first promoted team to do big things, either. Necaxa made the playoffs (Liguilla) in their first promoted season, and Club León won two titles a year after their promotion.
Lobos BUAP has shown that they aren’t nervous about being in the first division, and it is making the season even more intriguing.
Can Keisuke Honda and Pachuca find a rhythm and carry it to the Club World Cup?
One of the more exciting signings in the off-season was that of Japanese international Keisuke Honda to Pachuca. The team who won the CONCACAF Champions league back in the spring needed to revamp their arsenal after losing Hirving Lozano. Pachuca, though, has started off poorly, but Honda has yet to suit up. There is plenty of time to turn things around, especially with the other addition of Chilean striker Edson Puch.
We have seen great season comebacks before in Liga MX, and with the talent on board, Pachuca can definitely do so.
Will Piojo’s return to Club América be a decisive factor?
The man who is known for his passion has returned to a club where he had much success in his previous stint. Miguel ‘Piojo’ Herrera is back in charge of Club América, and the pressure will be growing to get them back to the glory days. Now that their rivals Chivas are reigning champs, Piojo needs to make an impact to bring the balance back to América’s side.
The team has the ability to get back to the Liguilla with names like Edson Álvarez, Cecilio Domínguez, and Mateus Uribe helping lead the way. The question is, can Piojo re-install the passion his previous América teams had under his control?