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Tata Martino must figure out how to maximize depleted Mexico squad

ATLANTA -- Mexico's Gold Cup preparation game on Wednesday against Venezuela should be about two central issues: narrowing down the squad to 23 names for the CONCACAF tournament and Gerardo "Tata" Martino's return to the city where found MLS glory.

But when Martino steps out onto Mercedes-Benz Stadium in front of the 50,000-plus expected crowd and takes in the applause, you would forgive him if he felt a little extra twinge of nostalgia than would normally be expected.

- When is the CONCACAF Gold...

Liga MX review: The good, the bad and the ugly as Tigres take the title

A busy summer of international soccer is about to kick off, but before it does, let's close the final chapter of the Liga MX 2019 Clausura, with the good, the bad and the ugly of the season in Mexico.

The good

Leon was the team of the Clausura and the most positive thing about the season, even if Tigres did win the title. La Fiera won 41 points in the regular season, scored 41 goals over 17 matches and made history by winning 12 consecutive games. It was a remarkable achievement for Ignacio "Nacho"...

Tigres beat Leon to lift another Liga MX title but respect between fans was more notable than the game

Tigres' Andre-Pierre Gignac led the celebrations as the club won its seventh Liga MX trophy..

LEON, Mexico -- The highlight of Sunday's Liga MX 2019 Clausura final second leg wasn't Tigres lifting the trophy in Estadio Leon. It wasn't even the guy dressed as a lion -- Leon is "lion" in Spanish -- who whisked off his huge head and proposed to his girlfriend ahead of kickoff outside the stadium, or the ice-lolly seller that discussed flavors with French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac. And don't mention the 0-0 draw itself, which wasn't anywhere near as entertaining as was expected.


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"...

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

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...

Liga MX final: Leon book title showdown with Tigres

USMNT's Gregg Berhalter praises the Mexican federation for its success in CONCACAF and says the organization has set the benchmark for MLS and U.S. Soccer.

The Liga MX 2019 Clausura final is set. Here's how the matchups are shaking out:

Semifinals matchups: 

- (1) Leon def. (5) America (Leon advance)

- (2) Tigres def. (3) Monterrey (Tigres advance)

Final Matchup:

- (1) Leon vs. (2) Tigres

    - First Leg at Tigres: Thursday, May 23, 9:45 p.m. ET

    - Second Leg at Leon: Sunday, May 26, 9:06 p.m. ET

(1)  LEON def. (5) CLUB AMERICA (Leon advance)

First leg: America 0-1 Leon

Second leg: Leon 0-1 America