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RIVERSIDE, CA (May 2, 2018) US Soccer Players – Typically, sports leagues are more marathons than sprints. It’s more of a long-distance challenge that rewards participants who can manage the obstacles better versus a shorter competition that rewards those who start out fast and maintain that speed. Liga MX is definitely more sprint than marathon, and that sprint is quickly heading down the home stretch.
The 2018 Clausura playoffs kick off Wednesday with a pair of games followed by the completion of the quarterfinal away legs with two more matches on Thursday. The highly-anticipated Clasico Capitalino matchup between Mexico City sides Pumas and Club America will get the postseason underway Wednesday followed by Tijuana vs Monterrey. Tigres vs Santos and Morelia vs Toluca is on Thursday.
Going in to the final week of the 2018 Clausura regular season, Club Tijuana (6W 7D 4L) needed a win against league leaders Toluca (11W 3D 3L) in order to be guaranteed a spot in the Liguilla. They delivered, thanks to Gustavo “Pantera” Bou’s third goal of the season in the 33rd minute and the defense’s league-leading eighth shutout.
Xolos’ hallmark this season has been their defense, allowing a league low twelve goals. Manager Diego Cocca’s style is much different than that of his predecessors, however it’s working and he’s admittedly happy with the results. “I am happy to be at Club Tijuana,” Cocca said in the press conference after the win against Toluca, adding that he was “proud of the group we have.”
The Border City Dogs finished the Clausura 2018 regular season in sixth place with 25 points but had a pretty average season. Club Tijuana had no wins on the road and inclusively just one away goal this season. The Xolos’ backline was the best in the league as it only allowed 12 goals but the offense was the worst out of the playoff teams with just 18 goals. The Aztec Canines did finish off the competition undefeated in its last four games and with two consecutive victories at the Estadio Caliente.