The Mexican league, also known as Liga MX, is a fun and unpredictable league. It draws in viewers with its controversies, signings, and game with unrelenting, open attacking football. However, one downside to Liga MX, at least by the view of the Mexican fan, is that many young players are rarely given their share of playing time.
These past few weeks have changed that narrative. We saw not only many young Mexicans taking the pitch, we saw those young Mexicans scoring. It was a sight for sore eyes, you could say, for many viewers who have been fed up waiting to see Mexico’s future talents with their Liga MX teams.
For those who are new to Liga MX, one of the most exciting young names has been Diego Lainez. The midfielder/winger came into the league in 2017 at the young age of 17. Since then, he has been given time, on and off. This summer, he was given the award of “Best player” at the Toulon Tournament – 3-4 years younger than many opponents.
On Saturday, he not only got the start for Club América, but he scored two goals to give the Mexican giant three points on the road. The 18-year-old causes havoc for defenses with his control, acceleration, and balance. All of those traits were evident against Pachuca after earning his brace.
Another youngster who was a teammate of Lainez at the Toulon Tournament was Roberto Alvarado. The striker was the reason Cruz Azul walked away with a win over Tigres, as he entered the game in the 61st minute and then scored in the 68th minute. The goal was enough for his club, but better yet, he changed the game as one of the youngest players in the game.
Although Toluca has many foreign talents in their XI, Alexis Vega started for the Red Devils against Chivas Guadalajara. Alexis made his impact in the 5th minute by scoring a beauty to give the home team the lead. It was an exciting match which ended, 2-2, yet, for Alexis, fans of Toluca and Mexico are gaining hope he can flourish beyond this.
Another honorable mention is José Macías of Chivas who scored the game-winning goal in Copa MX against Morelia on July 31. The striker is an important factor for not only Chivas but the future of attacking potential for Mexico.
Of course, it’s not all about scoring. Many young players contributed for their clubs in the midfield and defenses. Yet, the bright-eyed scorers are giving the Mexican flag a tally in the league – something we haven’t seen much of in recent years.