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Ex-Necaxa forward Ezequiel Orozco dies after battle with lung cancer

Ezequiel Orozco scored 18 goals in his professional career.

Former Necaxa striker Ezequiel Orozco has died after a battle with lung cancer, Liga Bancomer confirmed on Friday.

"The Mexican footballing family will remember him as a warrior on and off the field and especially for being the great person he was," the league said in a statement.

Orozco, 29, came up through the Necaxa youth system and made his professional debut with the club in 2009.

He had spells with Jaguares, Atlante and Altamira before joining Murcielagos as a free agent in...

 By Tom Marshall

Club America miss Liga MX playoffs, Chiapas relegated, Morelia survive

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Bruno Valdez leaves the pitch after Club America's 3-2 loss to Pachuca.

It was a roller-coaster Saturday in Liga MX, with Club America failing it make its 11th consecutive playoffs and Chiapas going down to the second division.

America needed a draw against Pachuca to guarantee a playoff spot, but fell 2-0 behind the Tuzos at half-time and ended up losing 3-2, despite a second half comeback.

The beneficiary was Morelia, who both avoided relegation and sneaked into...

Tigres get Ismael Sosa from Pumas in Liga MX draft

Argentina native Ismael Sosa will now play for Tuca Ferretti at Tigres.

The transfers of Argentina native players Ismael Sosa, Silvio Romero and Alfonso Arturo "Ponchito" Gonzalez were the main surprises on Wednesday in the Liga MX draft held in Cancun.

A total of 75 transactions were completed over 12 hours with about $53 million spent in all of the negotiations. The big winners of the night were clubs like Leon, who completed six moves, and defending champion Pachuca, who brought in talented Mexican players such as Raul Lopez from Chivas and Erick Aguirre from Monarcas...

 By Tom Marshall

Andre-Pierre Gignac goal helps Tigres advance, Leon can't overturn CA deficit

Andre-Pierre Gignac has been excellent in his first season for Tigres.

France international Andre-Pierre Gignac continued his fine goal-scoring form on Saturday, netting the only goal as Tigres overcame Chiapas 1-0 to advance to the Liga MX Apertura 2015 semifinals.

Gignac also scored in the 2-1 victory in the first leg last Wednesday and now has 13 goals in 17 Liga MX matches since joining Tigres last June.

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Tigres started the Liguilla as one of the favorites to lift the title -- despite a fifth-place finish in the regular season -- and are the first team to qualify...

 By Tom Marshall

America on course for Apertura semis, Tigres win late through Alvarez

Paul Aguilar celebrates scoring a goal against Leon.
Paul Aguilar celebrates after scoring the winner in America's 4-1 win over Leon.

Club America will take a three-goal advantage over Leon into the Liga MX Apertura 2015 quarterfinal second leg on Saturday, after defeating La Fiera 4-1 in the first leg on Wednesday.

Leon took the lead in the Estadio Azteca through Ignacio Gonzalez in the 12th minute, but Club America came storming back to make it 3-1 by half-time.

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Paolo Goltz leveled in the 22nd, Mexico international Paul Aguilar put America ahead in the 36th and Dario Benedetto converted from the penalty spot one minute before...