Thomas Buckley

Thomas Buckley

A fan of Mexican soccer since moving to Mexico City in the 1990s, I served as Sports Editor at a Mexico City daily (1994-96) and have written articles and commentaries on the world's greatest sport for more than 25 years.

Ángel Mena (center) sparked León to a big home win over Monterrey to keep the team's Liga MX playoff dreams alive.

Esmeraldas roar past Monterrey to keep dwindling playoff hopes alive

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Mazatlán FC's Gustavo del Prete laments a missed opportunity during the team's 2-0 loss to FC Juárez. The result means the Cañoneros and Bravos will be fighting in their season finales to avoid the stiffest  Liga MX Relegation penalty.

Hapless threesome will battle to wire to avoid stiffest 'relegation' penalty

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Pachuca and América played to a stalemate in a Concacaf Champions Cup semifinal match at Estadio Azteca Tuesday night. The two Liga MX clubs will play the decisive second leg next week.

Champions Cup semifinals: Poised Pachuca keeps América in check

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Leo Suárez (center) is mobbed by teammates after his goal put UNAM ahead of América, helping the Pumas defeat the defending Liga MX champs in a Matchday 16 contest.

Pumas claim Mexico City bragging rights with win in 'Clásico Capitalino'

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Liga MX clubs Pachuca and América will meet for the first time ever in Concacaf competition when they face off at Estadio Azteca tonight in the first leg of their Concacaf Champions Cup semifinal series.

Champions Cup semifinals: Three Liga MX sides in scramble to reach finals

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Nahuel Guzmán was ejected from last season's Liga MX final and Tigres would go on to lose to to América. This week, Guzmán was hit with an 11-game ban for using a laser to distract opponents.

Nahuel Guzmán crossed a line. Was his punishment too soft?

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André-Pierre Gignac (left) congratulates Marcelo Flores after the youngster scored a hat trick to lead Tigres past Necaxa in a key Liga MX contest Saturday night.

Matchday 16: Necaxa's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

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América's Julián Quiñones (left) and Álvaro Fidalgo had plenty to celebrate on Saturday night at Estadio Azteca. The defending Liga MX champs routed Toluca 5-1 to return to the top of the table.

'Clásico Capitalino': Can UNAM slow down the high-flying Aguilas?

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Cruz Azul was struck in neutral most of the night, unable to unlock the Puebla defense, statistically the worst in Liga MX. The Cementeros benefited from a late penalty call to eke past the Camoteros and move one giant step closer to the playoffs.

Matchday 15: Cruz Azul ekes out a win; cagey Necaxa outsmarts Santos Laguna

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Toluca visits América on Saturday night with first place at stake. Currently atop the standings, Toluca boasts the best offense in Liga MX, while the defending champs have given up the fewest goals.

Matchday 15: Saturday's slate offers up a battle for first place and the 'Clásico Regio'

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Gerardo Arteaga (right) and Monterrey were able to keep Lionel Messi bottled up Wednesday night and the Liga MX giants advanced to the Concacaf Champions Cup semifinals with a 5-2 aggregate victory over Inter Miami.

Monterrey outclasses Inter Miami to reach Champions Cup semifinals

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Maximilian Arfsten (top) and goalie Patrick Schulte celebrate after the Columbus Crew defeated Liga MX rival Tigres in a penalty shootout to advance to the Concacaf Champions Cup semifinals.

On to the semifinals: Crew silences 'El Volcán' with shootout victory over Tigres

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Crew midfielder Aidan Morris will miss tonight's match in Mexico after seeing red last week in Columbus. The MLS champs will face Liga MX giants Tigres in the Concacaf Champions Cup quarterfinals without their No. 8.

Liga MX-MLS rivalry redux: Tigres face Columbus all even; América set to dispose of Rev

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Javier Hernández tallied his first Liga MX goal since returning to Guadalajara this season. "Chicharito" opened the scoring for the Chivas Saturday night, helping them defeat Puebla 3-2.

Matchday 14: Clausura 2024 playoff chase tightens as favorites stumble

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José Paradela (left) and Ricardo Monreal celebrate after the former scored Necaxa's equalizer against Tijuana Friday night. Paradela  added the winner to help the Rayos remain in the Liga MX playoff hunt.

Matchday 14: Necaxa wait till late while Pumas take care of business early

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Monterrey's Jorge Rodríguez (center) exults after scoring late against Inter Miami to give the Liga MX club a 2-1 victory in a Concacaf Champions Cup quarterfinal match-up.

Liga MX road show: Pachuca, Monterrey shine in Champions Cup

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