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Cruz Azul down Monterrey, advance to Liga MX 2018 Apertura final

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Milton Caraglio is swamped by his Cruz Azul teammates after scoring the winner against Monterrey on Saturday.

Cruz Azul booked its place in the Liga MX 2018 Apertura final with a 1-0 victory over Monterrey on Saturday in Estadio Azteca.

Argentine Milton Caraglio netted the only goal of the game in the 55th minute, with Cruz Azul advancing from the 1-1 aggregate draw due to its higher final position in the Apertura regular season table.

Cruz Azul will host the second leg of the final, likely next Sunday in Estadio Azteca, and will face either Club America or Pumas, who drew 1-1 in their first leg and play...

Club America gains vital away goal in semifinals first leg draw with Pumas

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Roger Martinez's missed penalty ensured a 1-1 draw between Club America and Pumas UNAM in the first leg of the Liga MX semifinals matchup on Thursday night. 

The first leg of the Clasico Capitalino thrilled spectators at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario, in a match that featured a pair of nicely executed goals, controversial referee decisions (with VAR included) and one-upmanship from goalkeeprs Agustin Marchesin and Alfredo Saldivar.

Ultimately, the No. 1s decided against allowing the final...

Rodolfo Pizarro's early goal gives Monterrey semfinal edge over Cruz Azul

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An early headed goal from Rodolfo Pizarro handed Monterrey a 1-0 victory over Cruz Azul on Wednesday in Estadio BBVA Bancomer in the first leg of the Liga MX 2018 Apertura semifinal.

Monterrey came out on the front foot and was rewarded in the fourth minute, when Dorlan Pabon crossed from the right wing to Pizarro, who was free to head in at the near post.

Cruz Azul is looking for its first title in over 20 years and finished the regular season in first position, but was out-worked by Monterrey and...

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...

MLS, Liga MX clubs learn CONCACAF Champions League last-16 opponents

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Atlanta United will play in the CONCACAF Champions League for the first time.

MLS Cup host Atlanta United has been drawn against Costa Rican opposition in the CONCACAF Champions League's Round of 16, while its opponents in Saturday's championship decider, Portland Timbers, know that victory at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will set up a tie against opponents from Dominican Republic.

Regardless of whether it wins or loses vs. Portland, Atlanta will take on CD Herediano. Should the Timbers claim their second MLS Cup in four years, they will meet Club Atletico Pantoja. If they do not,...