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2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
9 Pachuca 6 5 5 23
10 Queretaro 6 5 5 23
11 Guadalajara 5 5 6 20
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Liga MX playoff race hits crunch time with four teams vying for one spot

Things are beginning to tighten up in the Liga MX race for a playoff position in the top eight of the table. With only six match days left until the Liguilla, four teams are currently sitting at the middle of the league table with 15 points apiece: Pachuca, Chivas, Queretaro and Club Tijuana.

In order to stay alive in the playoff hunt, there will be little to no room for mistakes from the aforementioned squads who still have much to prove. With only goal differential narrowly separating them, let's...

Queretaro teen Marcel Ruiz handles sudden spotlight, keeps focus on Qatar

Marcel Ruiz patterns his style after Barcelona's Andres Iniesta.

QUERETARO, Mexico -- Marcel Ruiz enters the interview room at the Mexican federation's facilities with apprehension. It's a new experience for him. His eyes reveal feelings of uncertainty over the questions to come, over how he'll handle more than three interviews in less than 15 minutes. He's never been through anything like this.

"It's easier to be on the pitch," said Queretaro's newest sensation, who at just 17 already had his first stint with Mexico's senior team a couple of weeks ago after...

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,...

Queretaro's Marcel Ruiz, 17, becomes youngest scorer of Liga MX season

Marcel Ruiz became the youngest Liga MX player to score this season as Queretaro beat Pumas, 1-0.

The 17-year-old midfielder's shot in the 14th minute from the top of the penalty box skipped past goalkeeper Alfredo Saldivar, giving the youngster his first career goal.

Ruiz has made eight appearances played across all competitions, including his fourth start on Tuesday. 

Queretaro manager Rafael Puente Jr. said he noticed Ruiz's talent after one training session with the senior side. 

"We...

 By Tom Marshall

Chivas struggles to convert, weakness to crosses cause woeful slump

Chivas are having some bad luck but finishing their chances should see them climb the table again.

A second-half, injury-time goal from Alan Pulido rescued a tie for Chivas against Queretaro in Liga MX on Wednesday, ending the Guadalajara club's run of three consecutive defeats. The point from the 2-2 draw was construed as a positive for the institution and understandably so, given that Queretaro had gone 2-1 up in the 88th minute through a Miguel Martinez header.

"I think the point is positive in many ways," said Chivas coach Matias Almeyda after the game. "I admire the reaction of my players...