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 By Tom Marshall

Santos stand firm at home against Chivas to set up enticing second leg

Jorge Tavares, right, of Santos battles with Jair Pereira of Guadalajara during their Liga MX Clausura semifinal first leg.

TORREON, Mexico -- There was a small dust storm and some thunder and lightning in the air, but no goals on Thursday as Santos Laguna tied 0-0 with Chivas in the Liga MX Clausura 2015 semifinal first leg.

Santos Laguna had the better of the play and chances, but the result leaves everything to play for on Sunday in Guadalajara in the Estadio Omnilife, especially with away goals counting.

Here are three quick takeaways from the match.

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Fabian fails to exert influence

Perhaps too much was expected...

 By Tom Marshall

Chivas will need to pass a tough test vs. Santos to make the Clausura final

De La Torre has Chivas firing on all cylinders and enjoying playing football.

TORREON, Mexico -- Santos Laguna coach Pedro Caixinha colorfully portrayed his side as the "ugly duckling" leading into Thursday's Clausura 2015 semifinal first leg against Chivas at the Estadio Corona.

Few are predicting Los Guerreros can get past Chivas, reach the final and win the Clausura, even though they had arguably the most difficult quarterfinal against Tigres, the regular-season first-place finisher.

"Ugly ducking is an expression that we use because I believe that, from that moment [before...

Ronaldinho is finally making an impact at Queretaro in the Liguilla

Brazilian star Ronaldinho launches a counterattack with this extraordinary piece of skill in Queretaro's 2-2 Liga MX Torneo Clausura quarterfinal against Veracruz.

At one point in time, the joy of watching Ronaldinho, with all his creativity and skill, play soccer, was only matched by the happiness that was evident by the player himself engaged in the beautiful game. Fans, even supporters of opposing teams, found themselves caught up in his enthusiasm and prodigious talent. They'd cheer his amazing moves that led to goals.

Perhaps because his athletic abilities seemed so effortless, Ronaldinho, who sometimes made observers believe he could do anything, couldn't...

Marchesin's goalkeeping magic leading Santos in Liguilla

Brazilian star Ronaldinho launches a counterattack with this extraordinary piece of skill in Queretaro's 2-2 Liga MX Torneo Clausura quarterfinal against Veracruz.

With the top four seeds now gone from the postseason, the race for the 2015 Clausura title is now truly up for grabs for the four remaining clubs in the competition.

Without a few key players, it will be interesting to see how Pachuca or Queretaro will adjust when Los Tuzos host Los Gallos Blancos during the first leg at the Estadio Hidalgo on Thursday.

Later on that night in Torreon, a confident Santos Laguna will host a Chivas side that is fresh off a 4-1 thrashing of Atlas on Sunday. Considering...

 By Tom Marshall

Fabian career back on track in time for Chivas Liga MX title surge

Marco Fabian has endured a tough road, but looks back to his best.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- The erratic career of Marco Fabian appears to be finally gaining some stability and, with Chivas in the semifinal of the Liga MX Clausura and the Copa America coming up next month for Mexico, the timing couldn't be better.

Now 25 and approaching his prime, it has been a long, winding and often-bumpy road for a player whose ceiling in terms of natural ability is arguably higher than any other Mexican currently in the Liga MX.

Following Fabian's first half hat trick and mesmerizing...

Gustavo Matosas firing from America partly due to arrogance on both sides

Favorites Club America unexpectedly exited the playoffs after losing a two-leg tie to Pachuca.

At first glance, it seemed like such an ideal fit: A suave Uruguyan coach paired with the wealthiest and most successful club in Liga MX history. Gustavo Matosas had the substance to back up his flashy style as well, since he was the only coach that had managed to win Liga MX titles alongside Club America's last two championships. That was back when he was in charge of Leon, with a squad considered measurably weaker than America's powerhouse roster.

Yet the promise of attractive, attacking soccer...