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Ramos: Osorio's test will be team selection



ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Liga MX Talking Points: What's the deal with the boring scoreless draws?

ESPN FC's Ernaldo Moritz and Tom Marshall discuss the importance of Chivas' crucial win over Monterrey.

Well, in two weeks of Liga MX Apertura 2016 action, we've seen a surprising five scoreless draws. Both Tigres and Cruz Azul have failed to score a single goal in their first two matches, the latter for the first time since the start of the "torneos cortos" in 1996.

ESPN Deportes' Rafa Ramos recently wrote that while the league has increased its spending ahead of the Apertura, it has so far failed to increase its value. Five scoreless draws in 18 games is a bit much.

So what's the deal with the...

 By Tom Marshall

Abella hoping Mexico Olympic success propels U23s to senior national team

Mexico will hope to defend their Olympic title they won so memorably in London four years ago.

Mexican soccer is living in the post-"siete cero" era after suffering a crushing 7-0 defeat to Chile in the Copa America Centenario. It's a time of reflection and re-evaluation.

In the midst of this process comes the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where Mexico will kick off on Aug. 4 against Germany. There is naturally pressure on the young members of the Mexico Olympic squad charged with defending the gold obtained four years ago at London 2012; another failure would provoke an additional...

Oribe Peralta off to a scorching start; Yasser Corona struggling

ESPN FC's Leon Lecanda breaks down Club America's 3-1 win over Toluca.

Two weeks down, 15 to go.

Before we move on to Week 3 of the 2016 Liga MX Apertura, let's take one final look back at some of the best and worst performances from noteworthy Mexicans in Week 2 in this week's Mexico Hot List.

Warming Up

Alejandro Palacios, GK, Pumas

Why he's here: During Saturday's dull 0-0 draw between Cruz Azul and Pumas, Palacios provided some much-needed excitement in the match. With some excellent saves, the 35-year-old emerged as the best player for the visiting side....

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2016 Olympics men's football final squad lists for all 16 teams

Brazil's Olympic football squad started their preparations ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at their headquarters in Teresopolis on Monday.
Brazil star Neymar sits down for an exclusive chat with ESPN to discuss his side's gold medal chances after coming up short in 2012.
Mexico will hope to defend their Olympic title they won so memorably in London four years ago.
Brazil attacker Gabriel Barbosa has spoken of his excitement ahead of representing Brazil at the Rio Olympics.

The Olympic football tournament is almost set to kick off in Rio de Janeiro. Here are all the final 18-man squads.

*- Overage player born before 1993.


Goalkeepers: Farid Chaal (El Harrach), Abdelkader Salhi (Chlef)

Defenders: Ayoub Abdellaoui (USM Alger), Abdelghani Demmou* (MC Alger), Houari Ferhani (Kabylie), Ryad Keniche (Setif), Miloud Rebiai (Setif)

Midfielders: Haris Belkebla (Tours), Sofiane Bendebka* (Hussein Dey), Abdelraouf Benguit (Paradou), Mohamed Benkhemassa (Alger), Zakaria...

 By Tom Marshall

Liga MX 10/8 rule has negative effect on Mexico national team

ESPN FC's Tom Marshall previews the upcoming Liga MX campaign and discusses the new 10/8 rule.

The Liga MX has been under almost constant fire since the 10/8 rule was announced in May, which limits the number of foreign-born players allowed in each matchday squad to 10 and reserves eight spots for Mexican nationals. In response, the league released a statement on Monday that was surely designed to at least partially calm the criticism.

"During the nine games in the opening round of the Apertura 2016 [this past weekend], the majority of clubs fielded players that were registered with the...

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Liga MX Talking Points: Which young Mexican star is ready for Europe?

Hernán Cristante debuts with a draw, taking on Toluca. Atlas playing with 10 men's at the 45 minute didn't manage to surpass the 1-1 result after leading the game.

With the European transfer window still open and rumours abound, the question on everyone's mind is which young Mexican star is ready to make a move to Europe? If not Hirving "Chucky" Lozano -- who could sign with Manchester United after the Olympics -- then who? ESPN FC asked Tom Marshall, Nayib Moran and Cesar Hernandez to weigh in after Week 1 of Apertura action.


It is a shame Chivas midfielder Orbelin Pineda won't be at the Olympics. The 20-year-old has...