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Santos Laguna, Toluca linked by their owners

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 By Eric Gomez

Liga MX champions Santos Laguna set new blueprint for recruitment

ESPN FC's Tom Marshall catches up with Jorge Villafana, who helped Santos win the Liga MX title two days after being robbed at gunpoint.

MEXICO CITY -- Santos Laguna cemented one of Mexico's most memorable playoff runs in recent history on Sunday, beating Toluca 3-2 on aggregate to win their sixth league championship.

On the way to glory, they defeated three teams with 28 league titles between them -- a feat never accomplished before in Liga MX. In addition, they did it without the benefit of the big names that have seemingly been flooding the Mexican league for years now.

There was no sight of Andre-Pierre Gignac, Keisuke Honda,...

 By Tom Marshall

Santos Laguna wins Liga MX title, playing their best when it matters most to beat Toluca

TOLUCA, Mexico -- Santos Laguna held on to draw 1-1 against Toluca on Sunday and win their sixth Liga MX title. Julio Furch opened the scoring for Santos in the 10th minute, with Gabriel Hauche leveling in the 82nd minute. Los Guerreros took a memorable series 3-2 on aggregate.

Here are three takeaways from Estadio Nemesio Diez:

1. The best playoff team won

There are two ways of looking at Santos Laguna's victory over Toluca. Some would say Toluca was the best team in Liga MX all Clausura and...

 By Eric Gomez

Liga MX final sees Santos Laguna don giant-killer costume once more against Toluca

Santos are in control of the Liga MX final, but the FC crew are not ruling out Toluca as they head home for the second leg.

TORREON, Mexico -- The crowd failed to notice for more than a moment.

Awash in ecstasy over Julio Furch's late winner, most fans were oblivious to the fact the lights had gone out in the north tower of the Estadio Corona.

It was the kind of interruption most Santos supporters would have welcomed at an earlier stage of the game -- most likely, when the home team was trailing, fruitlessly searching for an equalizer in the first leg of the Liga MX final and facing the dark prospect of visiting Toluca...

 By Tom Marshall

Santos Laguna shows heart in comeback victory over Toluca in Liga MX final's first leg

Santos are in control of the Liga MX final, but the FC crew are not ruling out Toluca as they head home for the second leg.

TORREON, Mexico -- Djaniny Tavares and Julio Furch were the saviors for Santos Laguna on Thursday, as Los Guerreros came from behind to defeat Toluca 2-1 in the first leg of the Liga MX final.

1. Santos Laguna show heart in comeback victory

Toluca flexed its muscles early on inside Estadio Corona. At times in the first half, the side looked like it was ready to overpower Santos Laguna, in line with a Clausura in which Los Diablos Rojos have been Mexico's best team.

There were early chances...

 By Eric Gomez

Jonathan Orozco is leading Santos toward a title from between the posts

The ESPN FC crew preview the two-legged Liga MX final and share their predictions for who will come out on top.

TORREON, Mexico -- Jonathan Orozco is used to being overlooked. That doesn't mean he's happy about it. Eighteen months ago, the Monterrey native was displaced from his boyhood team, Rayados, when then-manager Antonio Mohamed signed goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez from Club America.

After 20 years with the club, two league titles, three CONCACAF Champions' League wins and two Best Goalkeeper of the Year awards in Liga MX, the 32-year-old Orozco was shipped off to Santos Laguna before the 2017 season where...

Santos Laguna, Toluca linked by owners, set to battle in Liga MX finals

The ESPN FC crew preview the two-legged Liga MX final and share their predictions for who will come out on top.

Editor's Note: These stories were originally published in Spanish for ESPN Deportes. Find the originals here and here.

Santos vs. Toluca, a rivalry with a family touch

MEXICO CITY -- The stories of Liga MX sides Toluca and Santos have been intertwined for a good portion of their respective existence. Both clubs, about to play their third liguilla final against each other, have enjoyed a close relationship because of the presence of the powerful Grupo Modelo brewery that previously owned Santos....