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 By Eric Gomez

Tigres' Valencia, Monterrey's Funes Mori top entirely Monterrey-based Best XI

Enner Valencia's two goals against Club America made him a shoo-in for Liga MX'S team of the week.
Enner Valencia's two goals against Club America made him a shoo-in for Liga MX's team of the week.

The Liga MX championship trophy will belong to the city of Monterrey this season. The only question left to answer is whether Los Rayados or Los Tigres will claim the crown. Both finalists combined for nine goals during the semifinals, and got through their respective rivals without allowing a single score against them.

Unsurprisingly, the top performers from the semifinals come from both Monterrey squads. As the teams prepare for their collision course at the top, here are the men who shone the...

 By Tom Marshall

Carlos Sanchez skipping Monterrey finals date to join Uruguay squad

Carlos Sanchez
Monterrey's Carlos Sanchez won't play in the Liga MX final after returning to join up with the Uruguay national team.

Monterrey midfielder Carlos Sanchez will miss the Liga MX final against Pachuca after the key Rayados player flew to Uruguay to meet up with his national team squad.

Sanchez waited in Mexico City's international airport as Monterrey and the Liga MX negotiated with the Uruguayan football federation, but the player released a statement indicating that while he was torn, he ultimately had a duty to join up with Uruguay in preparation for next month's Copa America Centenario.

"Because of commitments...

 By Nayib Moran

Carlos Sanchez leads list of foreign-born players to watch for in Liga MX

Carlos Sanchez
With a South American Footballer of the Year award to his name, Carlos Sanchez is one foreign-born player to watch for in Liga MX.

When the ball started rolling in the 2016 Clausura, Liga MX had registered 163 foreign-born players. Eighty-one of them are foreigners, 60 are naturalized Mexican citizens and 22 are dual-nationals.

Mexican clubs like Pachuca have suggested a possible rule that would ask each club to have eight foreign-born players in its squad, while Mexico head coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, has openly stated that the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) must work with league officials so Mexican youngsters can get...

 By Sam Kelly

Carlos Sanchez caps final River season with South American POTY award

Carlos Sanchez
Carlos Sanchez won the South American Footballer of the Year award over Carlos Tevez by a three-to-one margin.

For the second year in a row, journalists across South America have voted a River Plate player as South American Footballer of the Year. Uruguayan newspaper El Pais has organised the poll since 1986, and on New Year's Eve they announced that Uruguay midfielder Carlos Sanchez had won the 2015 poll by a landslide, to succeed Colombian forward Teo Gutierrez, who won in 2014.

Sanchez, who is now off to continue his career with Monterrey of Mexico, racked up 182 votes in the poll, way ahead of the...

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River Plate's Carlos Sanchez named South America Player of Year

Carlos Sanchez was named South America's Player of the Year.

Uruguay international and River Plate midfielder Carlos Sanchez was named South America's Player of the Year by the area football writers in the annual poll done by Uruguay newspaper El Pais.

The 31-year-old is the first Uruguayan to win the prestigious award in 20 years and was singled out for a year in which he helped the Argentine side win Copa Libertadores, Recopa Sudamericana and the Suruga Bank...

 By Tim Vickery

Three newcomers that lit up their South American teams

Roberto Firmino introduced himself to the Brazilian public with a cracking goal against Austria.

With no FIFA dates until the end of next March, there is plenty of time for the achievements of the last few days to linger in the memory. Below is a quick look at three South American newcomers to international football who have cause to look back with pleasure on the events of November 2014.

Roberto Firmino -- Brazil

The vast majority of the Brazil squad play in Europe -- but it is very difficult to break into the squad playing for a European club without having first built up a name back home.

The...