Week 6 of the Liga MX saw Toluca tie to remain as the league’s top team, saw Chivas lose once again, and saw Cirilo Saucedo make saves for Xolos that even Europe’s best goalkeepers would have a difficult time making. There are a total of thirteen teams in this league which still have high chances of fighting for a playoff spot, while Queretaro is free-falling to the second division. Please enjoy our week 6 Liga MX FutnSoccer Power Rankings, and don’t forget to leave comments below!
1. Toluca: Toluca tied their first game of the season after winning the first five; they currently have 16 points, three over Tijuana. Arguably the best coached team in the Liga MX under Enrique Meza, the ‘red devils’ have played wonderfully in all lines of the field, well-deserving the first place in the regular standings and the #1 FutnSoccer power ranking.
2. Xolos: Like Toluca, this is another extremely well-coached squad under Antonio Mohamed. Tijuana was able to go into a difficult Estadio Azteca to face Club America who had scored ten goals in their previous two matches. Not only was Xolos able to hold America to zero goals, but they were also capable of holding the 1-0 lead from a brilliant goal by Christian Pellerano and masterful saves by Cirilo Saucedo who screams for a spot in the Mexican national team roster.
3. Cruz Azul: One of three teams who are still undefeated (Toluca, Morelia), Cruz Azul has played very well defensively. While they have only scored five goals in six matches, they only have received two, which is the main reason they are tied for 3rd place in points with Morelia. The ‘cementeros’ are a good squad that still has much to offer on the offensive side, therefore this team will be a threat to all rivals once the offense wakes up.
4. Morelia: Morelia was able to beat a very tough Leon in Week 6 of the Liga MX, and most importantly they remain undefeated and tied for 3rd place in the standings. This team has been an offensive menace to opponents all season long and has scored eleven goals lead by forwards Miguel Sabah, Joao Rojas, and Jefferson Montero. Their next four games will be real exams to see what Morelia is made of as they face Pumas, Pachuca, Tigres, and America.
5. America: Club America had a set-back this week against 2nd place Xolos. After showing great signs of soccer, the team from ‘coapa’ could not score against the border team, even after doubtful calls by the ref in favor for America. This team has played well but has only managed to make nine points. It is good to note that they have a difficult series of games the next four weeks as they face Toluca, Santos, Cruz Azul, and Morelia.
6. Leon: Leon has been a team capable of making great things in their return to the first division. They are currently in 6th place of the regular standings, six points below the leader Toluca. Leon has played a dynamic offense, but there are starting to be moments of deconcentration.
7. Tigres: Tigres faced Liga MX’s best team, Toluca and tied 1-1. Tigres is not playing the best it could, but it is still playing well. They are in 7th place of the standings but there is no doubt this team will be in the top-8 at the end of the season.
8. Atlante: Very well coached team, under Ricardo Antonio Lavolpe. A poor squad on paper, Atlante has played eye-to-eye against some of the top Liga MX teams. They have not lost since Week 2, but most importantly this team plays well, and along with Leon, they could be this season’s surprise playoff team.
9. Monterrey: Monterrey has played well thus far into the season. In Week 6 they beat Chivas 2-1 to reach nine points. This team seems to have its main offensive super-star, Humberto Suazo, back to life after it scored both goals in their most recent victory. If this offense gets going, be careful because the season is still young.
10. Santos: FutnSoccer will sound repetitive, but there are signs of The Hangover week after week. Santos cannot play the way they were a few months back when they became Mexican league champs. Good thing is they have eight points and are still in good reach for playoff positions.
11. Pumas: The expectations for Pumas were very high prior to the beginning of the season. After playing fair but without much offensive opportunities, this team was able to obtain a mid-table seven points. This was not enough for the managers, and unfortunately, coach Joaquin Del Olmo was fired after their Week 6 loss against Cruz Azul. Mario Carrillo sounds as a substitute, and this could mean a change of direction for the ‘Universidad’.
12. Atlas: Atlas is another team which fired its coach after a series of bad games. Their defense has done well, however this team signed many top forwards in the offseason, and have only managed to score six goals. With a new coach, Atlas hopes to start winning games and even reach the playoffs.
13. Pachuca: Is Hugo Sanchez’s time in Pachuca near its end? After being the most spoken-of team this offseason, Pachuca has been unable to play well , even with its numerous top-player signings. They need to start playing how they should, or this season would end early for the “Equipo de Mexico”.
14. Chivas: Chivas is a team that has disappointed fans, non-fans, analysts, and themselves. This team has not played terribly, and in fact, they have had one of the most difficult schedules to begin the season. However, this is no excuse for the 5 out of 18 points they have made- after all, they are the most popular team in Mexico for a reason. Next week they have the opportunity to beat a weak Puebla at the Omnilife.
15. Puebla: One of Mexico’s weakest, and most boring teams, Puebla won against another weak and boring team, San Luis. Good thing is, they won their first game of the season and now have four points, however they now begin a series of difficult matches which include Chivas, Monterrey, Pumas, Tigres, and America among others.
16. Jaguares: Things are changing for Jaguares. After losing the first four of the season, they tied against Atlas in Week 5, and beat Queretaro in Week 6. Maybe it is not a big accomplishment to win against Queretaro but at least this team is producing good results. Do not get too excited though, as this team travels to the opposite corner of Mexico to face Tijuana who has won all its games at home.
17. San Luis: This team has not played terrible, but unfortunately, they lack the talent to compete in this league. Their coach (well, ex-coach) Jose Luis Trejo has been fired and maybe the next one will change things for the positive.
18. Queretaro: The only team that has not moved positions in our Power Rankings all season long. Sad for Queretaro fans, but at the moment this team would not make the playoffs in the Ascenso MX- simply terrible.