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Jonathan Gonzalez’s Monterrey, William Yarbrough’s Club Leon headline Liga MX Liguilla field

Several Americans will have hopes of leading their team to a major trophy as the Liga MX Apertura Liguilla field has been finalized.

Jonathan Gonzalez and Monterrey headline the field after cruising through the regular season en route to a first-place finish. Gonzalez appeared in 15 league matches this season, rapidly becoming one of the league’s top midfield anchors. Los Rayados lost just twice in 17 league matches this season and will now take on eighth-place Atlas to open the postseason.

William Yarbrough and Club Leon face a much tougher task heading into a clash with Jose Torres and second-seeded Tigres. They  held onto a postseason spot despite losing their last two regular season matches, finishing sixth with 26 points from 17 matches. Torres and Tigres, last season’s Apertura winners, finished second five points behind Monterrey.

The final American in the postseason field is Toluca forward Rodrigo Lopez, who joined the club on loan in May. The former Sacramento Republic forward failed to score in nine appearances, but Toluca’s fifth-place finish sealed a matchup with Morelia.

Meanwhile, several Americans missed out on the postseason. Club Tijuana’s Alejandro Guido, Joe Corona, Michael Orozco finished four points out of eighth place while Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca finished two points behind Xolos in 12th place.

Here’s a full look at the Liga MX playoff picture:

(1) Monterrey vs. (8) Atlas

(2) Tigres vs. (7) Club Leon

(3) Club America vs. (6) Cruz Azul

(4) Morelia vs. (5) Toluca


  1. Jonathan Gonzalez for conviction will play USMNT,not mexico,but the mexican
    coach osorio and the mexican leader of Denis the close (dutch) push him like
    crazies to play the inflated tri.
    The argantinan fhater,but mexican Dulio Davino said he can play the USA TEAM
    he is the director of Monterrey

  2. This doesn’t even require serious research.
    current Best player at Dortmund >> semi consistent starter on top Liga MX team
    They don’t play the same position so I think it’s tough to say one has a higher ceiling than the other. But the fact that people reasonably speculate about Pulisic going to Bayer Munich or other top 10 clubs in the world should tell you something. Stop trolling (unless you’re an idiot- then I’m sorry).

      • Rob- I did watch about half the Monterrey-Tigres game over the weekend. I will say that Gonzales didn’t really stand out, which is a fine thing for his position. I am a fan of his and think he is on a great track to do some big things. But sure, keep fantasizing…

    • Don’t worry, Danny Kissinger. As soon as Gonzalez is cap-tied to the US, Lil’ Bobby will spew the same kind of uninformed, blatantly biased, idiocy about him as he does about the rest of the USMNT.

      His “agenda” (I’m being overly generous in assuming he can string coherent thoughts together) is simply to aggravate USMNT fans. Lil’ Bobby is unencumbered by facts. Who cares that according to the Global Club Soccer Rankings, Dortmund is ranked 9th while Monterrey is ranked 132nd. He just regurgitates whatever he reads on El Tri blogs between PE and recess.

  3. Out of all these “starlets” Jonathan Gonzalez is the one with the highest ceiling and as of right now he’s better than Pulisic. End of story.


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