QUERETARO, Mexico -- In the early morning hours on Wednesday, at the hotel where Queretaro spent the night before its Copa MX final clash against Chivas, Gallos Blancos' goalkeeper Tiago Volpi penned his signature on a contract extension that prolonged his stay at the club for at least three more years.
Queretaro's Estadio Corregidora would be shouting "Volpi, Volpi, Volpi!" just a few hours later, but for a different reason, as he helped the club win its first major title in its 66-year history.
Queretaro goalkeeper Tiago Volpi was the hero as Gallos Blancos overcame Chivas Guadalajara on penalties Wednesday to lift the Copa MX in Estadio Corregidora.
The game ended 0-0 after 90 minutes and 3-2 on penalties, with Brazilian Volpi saving two Chivas penalties in the shootout and Alan Pulido hitting the post with the final effort.
The victory handed Queretaro its first major trophy and increased manager Victor Manuel Vucetich's record to 14 wins from 16 finals managed.
Volpi had kept the score-sheet...
MEXICO CITY -- The city of Queretaro has been waiting for another shot at a title since Los Gallos Blancos lost to Santos Laguna in the 2015 Clausura final by an aggregate score of 5-3. On Wednesday, the team will host Chivas in the 2016 Apertura Copa MX final. Tickets for the game are already sold out.
In Victor Manuel Vucetich, Queretaro has one of the most successful coaches in the history of Mexican football, while Chivas have Matias Almeyda, perhaps the most popular manager in Liga MX at present.