Liga MX season-in-a-sentence reviews for every team
Thanks to a competition format that schedules two tournaments per year, Liga MX seasons can at times feel like a whirlwind. With two playoff runs and two ensuing champions in less than 12 months, the scheduling might seem chaotic, but it's what truly makes the Mexican first division so thrilling to follow.
In the spirit of that brevity, we've decided to provide a one-sentence season review for each Liga MX team. If you didn't get a chance to keep up with the rapid pace of the league, here's what you might have missed.
Tigres -- Champions
There's no doubt about it: manager Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti has built a Liga MX dynasty with Tigres after winning the 2017 Apertura title.
Monterrey -- Finalist
With a brilliant regular season and a prodigious roster, Monterrey had a disheartening finish as the runner-up.
Club America -- Semifinalist
The return of Miguel "Piojo" Herrera carried Las Aguilas back into the playoffs, but they'll need some serious squad changes to once again become the best in the league.
Morelia -- Semifinalist
Following a narrow escape from relegation earlier this year, Morelia has quickly turned into the most underrated teams in Mexico.
Toluca -- Quarterfinalist
Same ol', same ol' from an aging Toluca roster that has yet to qualify for a Liga MX final since 2012.
Cruz Azul -- Quarterfinalist
Despite the fact that manager Francisco "Paco" Jemez helped push the hapless club into the Liguilla, Cruz Azul has since decided to start anew with his replacement, Pedro Caixinha.
Leon -- Quarterfinalist
Although the attacking partnership of Mauro Boselli and Elias Hernandez was perhaps the most efficient in the league, it wasn't enough to earn a place in the semifinals for Leon.
Atlas -- Quarterfinalist
Regardless of injury problems to key players and off-the-field issues regarding captain Rafael Marquez, Atlas exceeded expectations and somehow found a way to sneak into the playoffs.
Necaxa -- 9th place
Defensively impressive and highly organized, Necaxa was unlucky to miss out on the Liguilla after earning a few losses near the end of the regular season.
Lobos BUAP -- 10th place
Plenty of ups and downs, but the big question going forward is if the 23 points gained will be enough to help them avoid relegation next summer.
Club Tijuana -- 11th place
After a superb run during the middle of the Apertura, the team quickly fell apart with internal conflicts and the exit of former manager Eduardo Coudet.
Pachuca -- 12th place
At first seen as a title-contender after the arrival of Keisuke Honda, frequent injuries within the roster kept Los Tuzos out of the top eight for most of the tournament.
Chivas -- 13th place
The very definition of a championship hangover.
Santos Laguna -- 14th place
Once September rolled around and there was little to show for it, Santos Laguna ownership decided it was time to end the managerial era of Jose Manuel de la Torre.
Puebla -- 15th place
Optimists will point out that new coach Enrique Meza earned a noteworthy win over Monterrey, pessimists will point out that the squad finished as one of the worst attacking teams.
Queretaro -- 16th place
After a promising start in the first few weeks of the Apertura, Los Gallos Blancos immediately ran out of energy and plummeted far down the league table.
Veracruz -- 17th place
Veracruz's awful defensive performances have now made the club the No. 1 candidate for relegation next year.
Pumas -- 18th place
No team was more disappointing or depressing than the Mexico City squad that had one victory in its last 13 games of the tournament.
Cesar Hernandez covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @cesarhfutbol.