Five reasons not to miss the Copa MX quarterfinals
The Copa MX is entering its decisive quarterfinal stage, and there are several reasons why this round is worth watching:
1. These ties are decided over one leg which will be played at the stadium of the team that finished highest in the group stage which finished last week.
2. There are eight surviving teams -- the six group winners and the two best second placed sides -- with an even split between sides from the Liga MX and the Liga de Ascenso (Mexican soccer's second tier).
Cruz Azul, Veracruz, Pachuca and Xolos de Tijuana will represent the Liga MX, while San Luis, Coras Tepic, Ciudad Juarez and Necaxa will be flying the flag for the Liga de Ascenso.
3. The winner of the clash between Coras Tepic and Atletico San Luis, the two Liga de Ascenso teams that appear to be weakest on paper, is already guaranteed a place in the semifinals.
This means that a lower division side could still lift the trophy for the first time since this new cup format came into existence.
4. Seeing Cruz Azul attempt to lift a championship trophy; the Cementeros have gone 18 long years, from Dec. 7, 1997, without winning the league and their last trophy was the Copa MX during the 2013 Clausura campaign.
5. Another reason to stay glued to these games is the presence of two outspoken, fiery coaches -- Tomas Boy (Cruz Azul) and Miguel "Piojo" Herrera (Xolos de Tijuana).