Aguilas top first Liga MX Power Rankings of season

Coach Santiago Solari has América in first place but the always-demanding Aguilas fans want more. (Photo by Cesar Gomez/Jam Media/Getty Images)
Coach Santiago Solari has América in first place but the always-demanding Aguilas fans want more. (Photo by Cesar Gomez/Jam Media/Getty Images) /
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Tuzos fans are waiting for Nicolás Ibanez (left) and Avilés Hurtado (right) to deliver offensive highlights. (Photo by Jaime Lopez/Jam Media/Getty Images) /

Don’t expect Tuzos to remain on the “also-ran” list

11. Pachuca

7 points, 2-1-3 record, +2 goal differential

The Tuzos have made a habit of slow starts and they stumbled out of the gate again, losing three straight after a win on Opening Night. Coach Paulo Pezzolano is still getting familiar with his roster, but needs more production from newcomers Nico Ibáñez and Avilés Hurtado. The Tuzos have a game in hand and that, along with their potential, is why they rank higher here than they sit in the table.

12. Mazatlán FC   

9 points, 2-3-2 record, –3 goal differential

The Cañoneros are feisty and explosive, but they are leaky at the back despite the best efforts of goalie Nicolás Vikonis. A lack of dynamic options in midfield will limit the heights this team can reach They visit top-ranked América Saturday so they better have laser focus.

13. Necaxa         

9 points, 3-0-4 record, 0 goal differential

The Rayos had a three-game win streak after losing three straight to open the season. This is looking to be a real up-and-down season for “Los Electricistas” who overhauled their roster this summer. Still, the “Bolts” are at least a season away from being a contender.

14. Puebla

7 points, 1-3-3 record, –5 goal differential

The Camoteros reduced their wage bill, selling off stars Santiago Ormeño, Omar Fernández and Salvador Reyes. But reinvestment was not a priority and last season’s Coach of the Year Nicolás Larcamón has been left with spare parts.

15. Tijuana 

3 points, 0-3-4 record, –6 goal differential

The Xolos are one of three winless Liga MX teams but have the talent to chase a wildcard berth. If Robert Siboldi doesn’t cobble together a line-up that can win, he’ll be looking for work by the October FIFA break.

16. UNAM

5 points, 1-2-4 record, –6 goal differential

The Pumas are in a shambles on the field and off. The team is in disarray and frustration is evident, as is a lack of discipline. “Los universitarios” will be playing without two starters at home Sunday (Alan Mozo and Juan Ignacio Dinenno were red-carded against Toluca) and with fans allowed into Estadio CU for the first time in months, expect the home team to hear boos.

17. Querétaro

3 points, 0-3-4 record, –7 goal differential

The Gallos Blancos made a coaching change after Matchday 6 and Leo Ramos will need time to figure out what he has. Unfortunately, what the Uruguayan manager has is the lowest payroll in Liga MX. It will be a long season at Estadio Corregidora.

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18. FC Juárez

2 points, 0-2-5 record, –8 goal differential

Coach “Tuca” Ferretti is not used to being on this end of the table, but propping up the Bravos is an arduous task. Perhaps the best chance for a win this season will come on Sept. 24 when Juárez welcomes Querétaro to town.