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Best Liga MX semifinal XI: Club America dominate to reach finals vs. Cruz Azul

The best Liga MX semifinal XI.
The best Liga MX semifinal XI.

The semifinals of the Liga MX 2018 Apertura playoffs are now finished. Following another exciting week, only two teams remain in the hunt for the title: Club America and Cruz Azul.

A thrilling final series between the two Mexico City rivals awaits, but here's a look back at some of the best individual performances from the semifinal stage.

GK: Agustin Marchesin, Club America

During the 1-1 draw against Pumas in the first leg of the semifinal, Marchesin made six saves and put in one of his best goalkeeping...

Youngster Roberto Alvarado, veteran Aviles Hurtado among players to watch in Liga MX semis

Youngster Roberto Alvarado, 20, has been one of Cruz Azul's most important players all season long.
Youngster Roberto Alvarado, 20, has been one of Cruz Azul's most important players all season long.

Now that we are past the quarterfinals of the Liga MX playoffs, only four teams remain in the hunt for the 2018 Apertura title: Cruz Azul, Monterrey, Club America and Pumas. With a much-desired place in the next round, all four teams will be battling in the semifinal stage that kicks off this Wednesday.

Ahead of the semis, here are five players to keep an eye on.

Roberto Alvarado, MF, Cruz Azul

If you're looking for an up-and-coming talent who might take the Liguilla by storm, Alvarado is one...

America remains favorite to reach Liga MX final; Cruz Azul, Monterrey have equal chance

MEXICO CITY -- The Liga MX semifinal slate has been set. Three of the four biggest clubs in the league remain in contention for the Apertura league title, while Monterrey, one of the most successful clubs of the decade, pulled off the only upset in the previous round.

Using ESPN's Soccer Power Index as a model, a case can be laid out for all four remaining teams and gauge their chances to move on to the Liguilla final. Here they are, ranked by the likelihood they'll move on:

Club America (66%...

Club America, Pumas to play Clasico Capitalino in Liga MX semifinals

Bruno Valdez
Club America defeated Toluca 5-4 on aggregate to book a semifinal showdown against city rivals Pumas.

MEXICO CITY - With the Liga MX quarterfinals done and dusted, here are three things to watch out for when the semis kick off this week:

1. Clasico Capitalino dominates headlines

The lead-up to this week's semifinals will no doubt revolve around the Clasico Capitalino derby featuring Club America and Pumas. After a memorable regular season draw that saw Club America come back from a deficit despite playing with two men down, the two clubs will once again lock horns -- this time with the campaign...

 By Eric Gomez

Liga MX Power Rankings: Cruz Azul take top berth, but beware of Tigres

MEXICO CITY -- The somewhat anticlimactic final weekend of the Liga MX regular season ended with Sunday's games nothing more than a mere formality. Only Pumas vs. Santos offered the chance to decide which of the two teams would finish above each other in the league table. Even Toluca's unexpected loss to Lobos BUAP proved a non-starter as their place in the playoff seeding had been decided.

Despite this past slate of games offering little to no drama, there is almost a guarantee of it as soon as...

Club America is the favorite to win the Apertura 2018

Oribe Peralta and America are playoff-bound but the side have only won once in the last month, so is winning out that realistic?
Oribe Peralta and America are playoff-bound but the side have only won once in the last month, so is winning out that realistic?

This is a translation of an article that originally appeared on ESPN Deportes.

The Apertura 2018 Liguilla, or regular season, is now over after 17 weeks of matches for each of the teams in the Liga Bancomer MX, and now that the quarterfinal matchups are set, Club America appears perched as the favorite to win the title for the winter semester.

The team, led by former Mexican national team coach Miguel Herrera, finished in second place with 33 points and a goal difference of +16, the best in the...