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America's win in the Clasico Joven moves it up in the Power Rankings

Oribe Peralta's winner in the Clasico Joven for Club America over Cruz Azul helped the inconsistent club secure a vital three points and third place in this week's Power Rankings.

There was a total of 31 times that the 18 teams scored over the weekend. Most noticeably, the games between Leon vs Queretaro and Club Tijuana vs Monterrey had an astonishing total of 16 goals.

With only two draws and little lack of excitement from the weekend, let's check out the recent updated Power Rankings for the Liga MX.

1. Veracruz (no change)

Despite the 3-1 loss to Tigres on Saturday, Veracruz is still No. 1 in the rankings. The recent lack of wins for first-place Club Tijuana and a near-defeat for Chivas last weekend has kept Los Tiburones Rojos at the top of the list. A victory for Chivas would have pushed Los Rojiblancos to the top, but they still remain behind the Veracruz squad who have scored 20 times so far this Clausura.

2. Chivas (+1)

Chivas have been on a fine form with seven points collected in the last three matches. On Saturday, Los Rojiblancos salvaged an important point after an excellent last-second save from goalkeeper Luis Michel during a penalty kick. The club now have just one loss in the last seven games.

3. America (+1)

It wasn't the most dominating performance at home, but all that matters is that America found a 1-0 win against Cruz Azul. Las Aguilas were in dire need of a victory after the embarrassing 4-0 loss to Veracruz in their last game and were able to narrowly achieve three points on Saturday. The club is still in fourth place on the league table, but has had recent difficulties with scoring.

4. Club Tijuana (-2)

Club Tijuana, the current league leaders, has started to show real vulnerabilities during the past few weeks. Last weekend, the club suffered its first home loss of the Clausura after the surprise 4-3 defeat by Monterrey. The loss is Los Xolos' second in a row and should be a wake-up call for the Liga MX's best attacking squad.

5. Monterrey (+2)

Watch out, here comes Monterrey. Los Rayados started to show their true colors with the massive victory over Tijuana on Saturday. Along with the win against Leon late last month, Los Rayados have now scored nine times in their last two games. If the team can tighten up its defense, the club can become a real challenger in the Liguilla this season.

6. Tigres (+3)

Manager Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti's men have now gone undefeated in Tigres' last three games. The team looked confident during the win against Veracruz and is now starting to find some rhythm after beginning the Clausura with inconsistent results. Brazilian striker Rafael Sobis has been on fire, scoring six goals in his last five games.

7. Cruz Azul (-1)

Cruz Azul couldn't capitalize on any of the opportunities given by America on Saturday and lost the Clasico Joven 1-0 in the Estadio Azteca. La Maquina have struggled with ideas in the attack and may not last very long in the Liguilla without a striker taking control of games.

8. Pumas (+3)

After enduring four straight losses, Pumas immediately bounced back with four straight wins. Its 2-0 win over Leones Negros secured the fourth victory in a row and pushed the club up to a spot at ninth place. It's an exciting time to be a Pumas fan, but it's important to remember that the squad still needs to play Veracruz, Cruz Azul, and Monterrey.

9. Leones Negros (-4)

Leones Negros aren't the most likely candidate for relegation at the moment, but the recent 2-0 loss to Pumas didn't help the squad's case. The Guadalajara club has now lost two games in a row and has a tenuous grasp of a spot in the Liga MX. The match against Puebla this weekend will be massive game and not one to miss for the close relegation battle.

10. Atlas (no change)

Atlas had a victory over Chivas within reach, but 20 year-old Arturo Gonzalez attempted a cheeky last-second penalty kick which Chivas' Michel was able to block in net. Were it not for the terrible placement by Gonzalez, Los Zorros could have secured a late victory with the goal. The club only has one win in the last five games.

11. Toluca (+3)

Thanks to a second half goal by Jeronimo Amione, Toluca scraped by Puebla with a 1-0 win on Saturday. Los Diablos Rojos have only scored twice in their last three games, but have still been able to gain points through their excellent defense which has only allowed one goal.

12. Pachuca (no change)

Pachuca nearly had the win against Chiapas last week but gave up a last second penalty kick which lead to the eventual 2-2 draw. Los Tuzos have an impressive amount of young talent on the team, but have played underwhelming futbol during the past few weeks.

13. Chiapas (no change)

Credit must be given to Chiapas for fighting back at the last minute against Pachuca, but Los Jaguares still have plenty of work to do if they want a spot in the Liguilla. It only has one away win this season and needs to garner more points at home if the team wishes for a spot in the top eight.

14. Queretaro (+2)

New manager Victor Manuel Vucetich seems to finally be influencing Queretaro. Los Gallos Blancos defeated Leon 5-4 in what was easily the game of the weekend. Since taking charge, Vucetich has led his team to three wins over the last five games.

15. Puebla (-7)

Puebla is going down, and fast. La Franja have now lost three games in a row and are looking like the club that is most-likely to be relegated. The club struggled at home against Toluca and should seriously start to worry about their recent results. As mentioned, the upcoming game against Leones Negros will be massive for the team and the relegation race.

16. Santos Laguna (+1)

The 1-0 win over Morelia isn't a huge step forward, but it's a step in the right direction for Santos Laguna. Los Guerreros are still working to find an identity as a team and have yet to have a striker willing to stand-out; however there is hope in one player. Cape Verdean forward Djaniny Tavares has recently collected a goal and an assist in his last two games for Santos.

17. Leon (-2)

Leon is beginning to click on the attack, but the squad can't be allowing the amount of goals that it has during the past few games. Leon has now allowed 12 goals in the last three matches. Goalkeeper William Yarbrough is an easy player to point-out for the onslaught of goals, but the defense hasn't been at it's very best either.

18. Morelia (no change)

There is no Liga MX team worse than Morelia this season. The club has only scored one goal in its last four games and still only has one win. Relegation isn't an imminent threat, but it will be next year for the squad.

Cesar Hernandez covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @cesarhfutbol.


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