Tijuana and Cruz Azul players dominate this week's Liga MX Best XI
Liga MX parity last season seemed practically non-existent, given how Club America dominated the regular season and marched undaunted to the championship title in the playoffs as well. Times have changed in just a short while, however, and a number of star players are helping their clubs battle for the leadership at the top of the table.
Here are the standouts from the past week of Clausura competition:
Oribe Peralta: Forward, Club America -- Peralta scored a pair of goals in the Aguilas' 5-0 rout of Chiapas, showing clearly that the Mexican veteran is still a top-tier striker no matter what team he plays for or who is coaching him.
Jurgen Damm: Forward, Pachuca -- The young Mexican starlet contributed a goal and an assist for another goal in Pachuca's 3-1 away win over Atlas. He is developing into a top player in the league.
Christian Gimenez: Midfielder, Cruz Azul -- Gimenez is a key reason for Cruz Azul leading the league at present. He provides leadership on the field and can be counted on to put away crucial penalties, like he did against Queretaro in Cruz Azul's 1-2 comeback victory.
Juan Arango: Midfielder, Tijuana -- Arango has been playing of late as if the red uniform of the Xolos squad is the vino tinto of his beloved home country of Venezuela. His two goals against Pumas pushed the result to 3-0 and kept Tijuana hot on the heels of Cruz Azul.
Diego Gonzalez: Midfielder, Santos Laguna -- Toluca and Santos Laguna engaged in a shootout in a 2-2 match where Gonzalez was the only Laguneros player able to hit the target. His second goal, in the 92nd minute of the game, showed his tenacity in fighting for the final equalizer.
Joe Corona: Midfielder, Tijuana -- Sometimes the activity and the unsung defensive work that a player brings to the field are what really opens up opportunities for teammates and creates offensive options going forward. Corona has become a crucial catalyst for the Xolos squad.
Walter Ayovi: Defender, Pachuca -- The Ecuadorian defender's steady leadership of the Pachuca backline has kept the squad in the hunt during matches and allowed the young corps of attackers to develop.
Juan Ignacio Gonzalez: Defender, Leon -- The Mexican defender, a stalwart for his club for years, put away the winning goal against Leones Negros with an excellent header, helping Leon climb up the Liga MX ladder.
Paulo da Silva: Defender, Toluca -- Da Silva got the scoring started against Santos Laguna with a sharp header that staked his team out to an early lead. Though the final result was a draw, the defender's contributions to the offense are an extra weapon for the club.
Ivan Estrada: Defender, Tigres -- Ball possession is key for a club that doesn't score a lot of goals, and Estrada is a player whose dribbling skills can be counted on to bring the ball safely out of the back. His speed also allows him to get forward to contribute to the attack.
Cirilo Saucedo: Goalkeeper, Tijuana -- When a team scores goals well, it's sometimes overlooked that the squad's goalkeeper is contributing by shutting down the chances rivals have to score. Even with the odd bounces of the artificial turf in Estadio Caliente,Saucedo kept another clean sheet while his teammates poured in three goals against Pumas.
Andrea Canales covers both Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Follow her on Twitter @soccercanales.