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Liga MX: Several Up-And-Comers To Keep An Eye On

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Santiago Gimenez (Cruz Azul) celebrates his goal against Leon | Photo by Cruz Azul | August 8, 2020

The Guardianes 2020 tournament is underway, and we have seen a lot of young Mexicans take advantage of their playing time. Players like Sebastián Córdova, Charly Rodríguez, JJ Macías, and César Montes have continued to perform at a high level for their clubs. They aren’t alone, however, as there are other young and or new Mexican faces who are beginning to pick up steam.

Here are several Mexicans to keep an eye on in Liga MX.

Marcel Ruíz, Midfielder – Xolos

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Marcel Ruiz on his debut match for Xolos | Photo by Xolos | August 8, 2020

Despite the slow start for Xolos, the 19-year-old continues to gain minutes for the club. He has given fans glimpses of a Héctor Herrera style – smart on the ball, patient but effective passing, and helps on the defensive side.

He does make some mistakes, but his upside overshadows his hiccups on the pitch. Although he is relatively young, Marcel does not fold under pressure while being one of the youngest in the league.

Fernando Beltrán, Midfielder – Chivas

Fernando Beltran Chivas Mexico

Chivas midfielder Fernando Beltran attempting to clear the ball away from Pachuca’s Romario Ibarra | Photo by Chivas | August 29, 2020

When we talk about Chivas and young players, we usually talk about the obvious in striker JJ Macías. Yet, there is another name that is gaining respect – Fernando Beltrán.

He is a guy who does the dirty work but looks good doing so. He is a player with a precise long ball, and he never seems to stop moving. It would be hard to see Chivas succeed without Beltrán this season, as his impact has been priceless since the season started.

César Huerta, Forward/Midfielder – Mazatlán (on loan from Chivas)

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Cesar Huerta of Mazatlan in action against Pumas | Photo by Mazatlan FC | August 15, 2020

The former Chivas youngster has started to gain valuable experience on his loan to Mazatlán. At 19, he hasn’t shied away from the spotlight with already two goals to his name.

Mazatlán is going to have somewhat of a difficult season, but César looks to be a bright spot. For Chivas, it has been a win-win situation with César getting experience and gaining confidence. It also helps that his versatility makes him hard to ignore.

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Santiago Giménez, Forward – Cruz Azul

Santiago Gimenez Cruz Azul Mexico

Cruz Azul forward Santiago Gimenez after scoring against Atletico San Luis | Photo by Cruz Azul | August 23, 2020

There’s no doubt that Santiago will be getting a lot of attention this season. Not only has he continued to win starts, but he is taking advantage of them. In five matches, Santiago has scored two goals and has contributed two assists.

At only 19, Santiago has stepped-up for one of the strongest rosters in Mexico. Also, there was a real concern with Mexico’s depth at striker, but with new faces like Santiago building their resumé, that depth might be growing quicker than we thought.

Carlos Acevedo, Goalkeeper – Santos Laguna

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Carlos Acevedo of Club Santos stepping out to the pitch | Photo by Club Santos | August 30, 2020

If there was a concern with Mexico’s depth at striker, there was equal worry over the goalkeeper position. After Memo Ochoa, the options seem to be dwindling for the national team. However, a new name has emerged in Carlos Acevedo at Santos Laguna.

The 24-year-old keeper has not let up since getting his chance to lead the team from Coahuila. And speaking of Ochoa, there have been some intriguing similarities between Acevedo and Ochoa with lightning reactions and acrobatic saves. The keeper still has a ways to go until he wins a start for the national team, but if he keeps up his form, he will end up guarding the goal sooner than later.

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