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Carlos Barra pays price for Monterrey's lacklustre Clausura campaign

Carlos Barra has been relieved of his duties as manager of Liga MX's Monterrey.

Carlos Barra, the 46-year-old Mexican manager of Monterrey, has been sacked. After almost a year at the helm of the club, the manager was officially let go by ownership after winning just one game with Monterrey this Clausura.

The poor form that Los Rayados have had is nothing new, and extends back to last year's Apertura. Monterrey only claimed two victories in their last 11 league and playoff games for the team last year and scored just twice in the four playoff matches.

With an underwhelming...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Monterrey part ways with Carlos Barra

Carlos Barra was let go by Liga MX club Monterrey after a little more than a year as manager.

A press release on Liga MX club Monterrey's official website announced that the team are parting ways with manager Carlos Barra and his staff.

Barra has been in charge at Monterrey for a little over a year. The 2014 Apertura campaign ended in the Liguilla semifinals for Monterrey, but the team struggled to score in the playoffs and sputtered out against America losing 3-0 on aggregate without scoring a goal.

Despite bringing in some notable signings this winter -- Colombians Edwin Cardona, Alexander...

Five things to watch as the Liga MX Liguilla goes down to the wire

Luis Mendoza and Club America have all but booked their ticket to the Liguilla final following their first leg triumph in Monterrey.
Club America's Luis Mendoza shields the ball from Candido Ramirez of Monterrey during the first leg of their Liga MX Liguilla match.

Four squads are now left in the Liga MX Liguilla competition, but only two will emerge from the playoff battles this weekend.

Tigres and Toluca seem to have equal chances of making it into the finals after they held each other to a scoreless 0-0 draw during the first leg of the Liguilla semifinals. Toluca will now head to Monterrey and attempt to beat Tigres for the first time since March of this year.

As for Club America, the squad is in the driver's seat for the final. Unless Monterrey can pull...

Three Points: America in command after easy win vs. Monterrey

Luis Mendoza and Club America have all but booked their ticket to the Liguilla final following their first leg triumph in Monterrey.
Luis Mendoza scored a brace for Club America as they cruised to a 3-0 win in the first leg of their semifinal tie with Monterrey.

With a dominating 3-0 win over Monterrey, Club America rendered the second leg of this Liga MX semifinals to little more than a formality. It's very difficult to imagine how the Rayados could possibly climb out of the aggregate hole, especially since they seemed so befuddled about how to cope with the Aguilas in the first place. Given that a double yellow card to Hiram Mier left Monterrey with 10 men from the 35th minute on, it's surprising that Club America didn't score more, especially given the...

Five things to watch ahead of the 2014 Liga MX Liguilla semifinals

A Isaac Brizuela goal was the difference as Toluca shut out Tijuana at home behind a brilliant performance from goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera.

Just two more matchdays separate four teams -- America, Toluca, Tigres and Monterrey -- from the finals of the 2014 Apertura Liguilla. On Thursday, the two lower seeds will host the higher seeds in the first of two legs. The second legs are Sunday, Dec. 7.

Considering the scores from the previous round, anything seems possible. The favorites of the tournament have seldom scored and the lowest ranked team, Monterrey, are the ones coming in with the most momentum.

Here are five things to watch for...