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Zendejas, Cowell, Vazquez begin Liga MX Apertura campaign

The 2024-25 Liga MX Apertura campaign began for a quartet of U.S. men’s national team players this past weekend.

Alex Zendejas, Cade Cowell, Brandon Vazquez, and Frankie Amaya all featured in the opening matches for their respective clubs. Club America are the reigning champions after winning the Apertura and Clausura titles last season.

Here is a rundown of the performances of all four players:

Zendejas started and played 90 minutes in Club America’s 2-1 loss to Atletico San Luis on Saturday. The 26-year-old created two goalscoring chances and registered one shot on target, but it wouldn’t be enough as Club America dropped three points on the road.

Cowell, 20, started and played 80 minutes in Chivas de Guadalajara’s 0-0 draw with Toluca. The American winger hit the crossbar once, while also winning five of eight duels.

Amaya, who joined Toluca from the New York Red Bulls earlier this summer, played six minutes off the bench for his Liga MX debut with Toluca

Vazquez and Monterrey traveled to Pachuca on Sunday, with the American forward playing 13 minutes off the bench. Monterrey earned a 1-0 road victory, jumping to fourth place in the league standings.


  1. Saw Cowell play his first few matches with Chivas last season, and he looked like a beast in Liga MX. Still raw and unable to finish off chances, but he creates a lot of (half) chances. If he can improve on his finishing, his value will double or triple and be on his way to Europe.

    • But the thing Cowell really needs is better judgment and discipline and to play more under control.

      I do think Liga MX – with its emphasis on precision and technicality – is a very good place to learn those traits.

      He’s a similar sort of athlete to a young Gareth Bale, who was also once a wild colt who played far too much out of control. Bale obviously did refine his game and deliver on that spectacular raw talent he’d always had so it can be done, which is why I suspect a lot of people are going to continue to keep an eye peeled Cowell’s way. He’s the best athlete in the US pool…which is saying something; we’ve got some very good ones.


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