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Layun to miss Gold Cup, adds to Mexico's woes

ESPN FC's Ale Moreno breaks down Carlos Vela's rocky relationship with the Mexico national team after announcing he won't play in the 2019 Gold Cup.
USMNT's Gregg Berhalter praises the Mexican Federation for their success in CONCACAF and says they've set the benchmark for MLS and U.S. Soccer.

Mexico defender Miguel Layun has been ruled out of the Gold Cup due to a kidney infection that will require surgery in the coming days.

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) made the announcement on Sunday, saying the Monterrey defender "will not be able to participate in training for at least a month from the date of the surgery."

Mexico begins its Gold Cup campaign on June 15 against Martinique, followed by matches against Canada (June 19) and Cuba (June 23). The squad warms up with friendlies...

Liga MX final: Tigres look to cement their legacy; Leon eye storybook ending

Tigres have a 1-0 first-leg lead, but it is far too close to call entering the second leg at Leon's Nou Camp.

LEON, Mexico -- Ten years ago this month, Tigres stared relegation in the face.

Approaching the last round of matches of the 2009 Clausura, the Monterrey-based club had to rely on Club America not being defeated by Necaxa to remain in Mexico's first division. Las Aguilas did them the favor and got the victory.

Perhaps nothing highlights the meteoric rise of the northern club more than how close it came to relegation only a decade ago. If that Necaxa result had gone the other way, Ricardo "Tuca"...

Tigres take Liga MX final first leg over Leon

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A first-half goal from Andre-Pierre Gignac sealed a 1-0 victory for Tigres over Leon in the first leg of the Liga MX 2019 Clausura final on Thursday.

Gignac swept the ball in from close range in the 21st minute to draw level with Tomas Boy as Tigres' highest-ever goal-scorer with 104 goals. 

Leon had finished the Clausura regular season in first place, but second-placed Tigres took the game to the opposition from the start and could've won by a wider margin with better decision-making in the...

Mexico legend Marquez out as Atlas director

Atlas' Rafa Marquez says he will continue working in football after parting ways with the club on Wednesday.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Mexico legend Rafa Marquez is out as Atlas sporting director following the takeover of the Liga MX club by Orlegi Sports.

Marquez announced his departure in a statement, thanking fans and confirming that he'll continue to work in the game.

"My desires in this moment are to continue preparing myself in different areas of this sport, which I'm passionate about and has given me so much," read the statement.

Orlegi Sports president Alejandro Irarragorri suggested that Marquez's...

Liga MX final: Leon looking to cap storybook season vs. Tigres

As MLS and Liga MX mull a new tournament like the SuperLiga of the mid-2000s, Taylor Twellman says the time is right for a new competition.

Club Leon (1) vs. Tigres (2)

First leg: Thursday, 9:45 p.m. ET, Estadio Universitario

Second leg: Sunday, 9:06 p.m. ET, Estadio Leon

The 2019 Clausura final pits the undisputed team of the season, Leon, against the team of the decade, Tigres, in a battle between the two highest finishers in the regular season. If you go on form, Leon just about has the edge, but if the criteria is pedigree, then there is no doubt that Tigres have the advantage.

Here's how the two teams shape up ahead of the 2019...