JAMIE HILL - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
After a 15 year absence, the Copa Mexico has been revived by the Mexican federation.
The competition was discontinued in 1997, but will return for the 2012-13 season as part of the FMF's revamp of the top two divisions, which have been renamed Liga MX and Ascenso MX respectively.
Copa Mexico will have both Apertura and Clausura versions and will comprise of a six-match group stage involving clubs from the top two levels. Group winners will progress to the quarterfinals.
The addition of at least twelve matches to the calendar for each club bodes well for young Mexican-Americans hoping to break into the first team. Copa Mexico is likely to be a lower priority than league play and managers will be tempted to rest veterans and hand opportunities to inexperienced players.
National cup competitions are a classic feature of the European game, but cups have weaker roots in the Western Hemisphere. Among North and Central American countries, only the US Open Cup has a long and steady history.
Canada has recently created the Canadian Championship, while several Central American countries have abandoned half-hearted attempts to establish a cup. In CONMEBOL, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia have created cup competitions in the last decade, while Ecuador, Paraguay, and Uruguay lack a cup altogether.