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Piojo Alvarado shines as Conejo Perez bids farewell

Oscar Perez
Oscar Perez called time on a storied career on Saturday.

MEXICO CITY -- Oscar "Conejo" Perez couldn't contain the tears as the crowd inside Estadio Azteca sung his name ahead of his farewell ceremonial appearance on Saturday. The 46-year-old, 1.72-meter goalkeeper made his debut for La Maquina when UB40 was topping the Billboard charts back in 1993 and recently brought to an end a career that saw him establish himself as a legend of the Mexican domestic game.

It was a touching moment, but when the match started for real, the Conejo show became the Piojo...

Edson Alvarez, Jonathan Gonzalez lead list of Mexican youngsters who could be next to head to Europe

Edson Alvarez already has a World Cup and a league championship under his belt at 21.
Edson Alvarez already has a World Cup and league championship under his belt at 21.

MEXICO CITY -- Their careers have just started, yet they have already made a notable impression. We are talking about the unique Mexican youngsters who could soon follow in the footsteps of Diego Lainez, who at just 18 years old recently moved to Real Betis.

Some of these players are already on the radar of clubs overseas, but they remain in Mexico for the time being. That said, here are 10 players who could soon be set to take the step up and measure themselves in the world's top leagues, following...

Edson Alvarez, Diego Lainez: The next Mexico talents to head to Europe in 2019?

Edson Alvarez celebrates after scoring in Club America's Liga MX Apertura final second-leg win over Cruz Azul.
Edson Alvarez celebrates after scoring in Club America's Liga MX Apertura final second-leg win over Cruz Azul.

Editor's Note: This piece originally appeared in Spanish on ESPN Deportes. Read the original here.

Mexican soccer has a number of players who will be targets for European football clubs in 2019. They all have the qualities needed to succeed in Europe and can emulate those who have left the country in recent years.

Edson Alvarez, DF, Club America

Few imagined that a pair of goals would catapult defender Edson Alvarez onto the list of young Mexican talents primed to move to Europe. His performance...

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...

Roberto Alvarado, Cruz Azul stars among Liga MX's best midseason players

Believe it or not, we're at the halfway point of the 2018 Apertura regular season. With an international break underway after Week 8's matches, we now have an opportunity to take a step back and analyze what we've seen so far in Mexico's top flight.

After looking at a number of memorable performances, here's the Liga MX best XI from the first half of the season.

GK: Tiago Volpi, Queretaro

While it's true that Cruz Azul's Jesus Corona and Pachuca's Alfonso Blanco have allowed fewer goals,...