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Best Liga MX semifinal XI: Club America dominate to reach finals vs. Cruz Azul

The best Liga MX semifinal XI.
The best Liga MX semifinal XI.

The semifinals of the Liga MX 2018 Apertura playoffs are now finished. Following another exciting week, only two teams remain in the hunt for the title: Club America and Cruz Azul.

A thrilling final series between the two Mexico City rivals awaits, but here's a look back at some of the best individual performances from the semifinal stage.

GK: Agustin Marchesin, Club America

During the 1-1 draw against Pumas in the first leg of the semifinal, Marchesin made six saves and put in one of his best goalkeeping...

Youngster Roberto Alvarado, veteran Aviles Hurtado among players to watch in Liga MX semis

Youngster Roberto Alvarado, 20, has been one of Cruz Azul's most important players all season long.
Youngster Roberto Alvarado, 20, has been one of Cruz Azul's most important players all season long.

Now that we are past the quarterfinals of the Liga MX playoffs, only four teams remain in the hunt for the 2018 Apertura title: Cruz Azul, Monterrey, Club America and Pumas. With a much-desired place in the next round, all four teams will be battling in the semifinal stage that kicks off this Wednesday.

Ahead of the semis, here are five players to keep an eye on.

Roberto Alvarado, MF, Cruz Azul

If you're looking for an up-and-coming talent who might take the Liguilla by storm, Alvarado is one...

America remains favorite to reach Liga MX final; Cruz Azul, Monterrey have equal chance

MEXICO CITY -- The Liga MX semifinal slate has been set. Three of the four biggest clubs in the league remain in contention for the Apertura league title, while Monterrey, one of the most successful clubs of the decade, pulled off the only upset in the previous round.

Using ESPN's Soccer Power Index as a model, a case can be laid out for all four remaining teams and gauge their chances to move on to the Liguilla final. Here they are, ranked by the likelihood they'll move on:

Club America (66%...

Liga MX quarterfinal best XI: Funes Mori and Elias Hernandez lead the way

Liga MX playoffs
The best players from the Apertura quarterfinals.

The quarterfinals of the 2018 Apertura playoffs are now done. Following eight thrilling matches, only four teams remain in the hunt for the title: Pumas, Monterrey, Club America and Cruz Azul. There's plenty of drama left in the Liguilla, but before we begin to preview the semis, let's first take a look back at some of the best individual performances from the quarterfinal stage.

GK: Marcelo Barovero, Monterrey

On the back of Barovero's 10 saves, Monterrey is the only team that has yet to allow...

Club America, Pumas to play Clasico Capitalino in Liga MX semifinals

Bruno Valdez
Club America defeated Toluca 5-4 on aggregate to book a semifinal showdown against city rivals Pumas.

MEXICO CITY - With the Liga MX quarterfinals done and dusted, here are three things to watch out for when the semis kick off this week:

1. Clasico Capitalino dominates headlines

The lead-up to this week's semifinals will no doubt revolve around the Clasico Capitalino derby featuring Club America and Pumas. After a memorable regular season draw that saw Club America come back from a deficit despite playing with two men down, the two clubs will once again lock horns -- this time with the campaign...

Pablo Aguilar settles Cruz Azul's nerves; Santos Laguna and Monterrey still with plenty to play for

Edgar Mendez
Cruz Azul's Edgar Mendez celebrates after scoring the second goal their quarterfinal first leg against Queretaro.

MEXICO CITY -- Three points on the Liguilla openers in Queretaro and Monterrey:

1. Cruz Azul impresses early; shows no playoff jitters

When Pablo Aguilar slammed in the game's first goal after 16 minutes at the Estadio Corregidora, no Mexican soccer observer would be surprised if a collective sigh came out of the mouths of Cruz Azul fans everywhere. The Paraguay international put his team on course for what ended up being a comfortable away victory that sets the number one seed up for a smooth road...