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Mexico defender Alvarez to Ajax on 5-year deal

Herculez Gomez and Shaka Hislop weigh the pros and cons of CONCACAF's qualifying format for the 2022 World Cup, which emphasizes the FIFA rankings.

 Ajax have signed Mexico international Edson Alvarez from Liga MX side Club America, the Dutch club announced on Friday.

The deal sees the 21-year-old defender move to the Eredivisie on a five-year deal, subject to a medical exam.

Alvarez had been regularly linked with Ajax all summer and Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf confirmed personal terms had been agreed to earlier this week, with the outlet reporting that the offer from Ajax at almost $17 million.

"Edson Alvarez is a player...

Gio slams Galaxy over injury, contract talks

Joe Corona talks to ESPN ahead of El Trafico and in particular, the heavyweights of Carlos Vela and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic talks through what MLS must do to get to an elite level and his burning desire to still perform to his maximum.
LA Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic says LAFC are making a lot of noise this season in MLS ahead of El Trafico.

Club America forward Giovani dos Santos slammed former club LA Galaxy and suggested his career could have ended due to injury concerns if he had stayed with the team.

Dos Santos left the Galaxy ahead of the current season after the club exercised its option to buy out the Mexico international's contract, leaving the 30-year-old's career in limbo, until he signed for Liga MX giant Las Aguilas earlier this month.

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MLS-Liga MX tourney to have 16 teams in '20

Herculez Gomez explains why the new Leagues Cup is a first step toward more direct competition between MLS and Liga MX.
Bastian Schweinsteiger reacts to the news that MLS and Liga MX will have an annual Leagues Cup competition between the two leagues.

MEXICO CITY -- Leagues Cup between MLS and Liga MX clubs will jump from eight to 16 clubs for the tournament's second edition in 2020, it was announced on Thursday.

The inaugural cup competition between North America's two biggest leagues kicks off on July 23, but preparations for next year have already started, with the qualifying format for the expanded competition now confirmed.

The eight MLS clubs involved will be the top four from the 2019 MLS Eastern Conference regular season standings and...

Liga MX Apertura preview: Best- and worst-case scenario for each team

Andre-Pierre Gignac and defending champs Tigres are looking to add to their trophy case this Apertura 2019 season.

MEXICO CITY -- European league seasons may still a few weeks away and transfer sagas the topic of the day, but Liga MX comes back with the opening weekend of the 2019 Apertura.

How will your team do and what are the best and worst scenarios for the expanded field of 19 this season?

America

The 2018 Apertura champion, Copa MX holder, Campeon de Campeones winner and semifinalists in the Clausura. America will once again start the season as one of the favorites. The big questions for Miguel Herrera's...

Liga MX storylines: Will Leon compete again? Can Michel inspire Pumas?

Herculez Gomez explains why the new Leagues Cup is a first step toward more direct competition between MLS and Liga MX.

MEXICO CITY -- Reigning champions Tigres will be looking to defend their Liga MX crown when the 2019 Apertura kicks off this weekend, but there'll be plenty of teams hunting them down.

Here are five themes to look out for as Mexico's top division swings back into gear.

Title favourites

Three teams are ahead of the rest of the field: Tigres, America and Monterrey. All have had fairly stable summers in the transfer market so far and should be expected to finish near the top of the league.

Just behind...