KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, May 1, 2018
The Liga MX Clausura season wrapped up over the weekend with a number of Americans still in the hunt with their teams to book spots in the Liguilla.
Guadalajara 0-2 Leon
Leon failed to qualify for Liguilla despite their win over reigning CONCACAF Champions League winners Guadalajara at Estadio Akron.
William Yarbrough started between the sticks for Leon while Landon Donovan came off the bench late in the game.
Los Esmeraldas need several results to go their way if they wanted to sneak into the playoffs in addition to getting a result themselves.
Yarbrough had to make a big save over a half hour into the first half when his teammate Miguel Herrera handled the ball in the area, leaving the referee no choice but to call a penalty. Angel Zaldívar stepped up to take the shot, but the American netminder guessed correctly as he dived to his left to deny the penalty.
Leon then broke the scoreless deadlock in the 44th minute when Maxi Ceratto sent his cross into the area from the left and Mauro Boselli headed the ball past goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota.
Boselli would turn provider in the 71st minute when he ran towards a throw-in and tapped the ball into the path of Luis Montes, who fired the ball into the back of the net.
Leon finishes the Clausura season in 13th place in the standings with 22 points.
Both Joe Corona and Jorge Villafana started for their respective teams as America scored a late penalty to claim a 1-0 win over Santos Laguna. Both teams had already qualified for the playoffs.
Omar Gonzalez started for Pachuca as they could on muster up a 0-0 tie with Atlas. Pachuca just missed out on the playoffs as they finished in ninth place in the standings.
Rubio Rubin came off the bench while Michael Orozco and Alejandro Guido watched all the action in Tijuana's 1-0 win over Toluca. Los Xolos qualified for the playoff after finishing in sixth place.
Ventura Alvarado watched from the bench as Necaxa shared the points with Morelia following a 2-2 tie. Necaxa wrapped up their season in 11th place with 22 points, but it was not all a failure for them as they won the Copa MX.
Lalo Fernandez watched from the bench as Tigres UANL settled for a 2-2 tie with Monterrey. Tigres enter the playoffs after finishing in fifth place with 28 points.
Bernabe Magana watched from the bench as UNAM Pumas' game with Queretaro ended in a 1-1 tie. Pumas head into the playoffs after finishing in seventh place with 24 points.