The Leon vs America Liga MX Final has arrived, and this Thursday, December 12, 2013 will be a historic date in Mexican soccer. Club America finished the season in first place and will look to win their 12th title in history, and their second in a row. Meanwhile, Club Leon has shown to be a nice treat to the league, as they have reached the final in only their third season back from the Ascenso MX.
Considering the magnitude this match has produced amongst media members and fans, this final has the ingredients to become one of the best championship series in recent tournaments. Therefore, what are the:
Top 5 Reasons to Watch the Liga MX Final
1. To confirm that Club Leon is a new Liga MX ‘giant’. While the ‘panzas verdes’ returned to the first division only three seasons ago, this team has a long successful history in Mexican soccer; with 5 titles and a large, loyal fan-base, Leon is one of the biggest teams in Mexico. If the team coached by Gustavo Matosas defeats Club America, then it could be accepted that Leon will fit into the same group of giants as Chivas, America, Cruz Azul, and Pumas. Why? Because Leon has a large fan-base, they already have a long successful history in the league, because they are geographically centrally located in the nation, and because their recent run of success in the league and Libertadores will call for much attention amongst fans.
2. To confirm Club America as the ‘Top Giant’ in the Liga MX. The team coached by Miguel Herrera is in the best shape the club has had since the 1980s. While they have only obtained one title this decade, the ‘aguilas’ are the league’s “team-to-beat”. They won the Clausura 2013, and this season they finished the league in first place, making them the favorite to win the Apertura 2013 final. With their eleven league titles, America is tied with rivals Chivas of Guadalajara for the most championships in Mexico. If America defeats Leon, they will earn their 12th trophy, surpass Chivas, and confirm that they are the best team in Mexico once again. Furthermore, considering how bad Chivas has done in recent years, that title could also confirm that today, America is also the team with the biggest fan-base in Mexico.
3. To watch the farewell of ‘Piojo’ Herrera. The second leg of the Apertura 2013 final will be this Sunday, December 15 at the Estadio Azteca. That game will crown the league champion, but it will also end a bright era in ‘coapa’. Piojo Herrera will manage his final game for America as he will lead Mexico into next year’s World Cup in Brazil. During his time with the ‘aguilas’, Herrera lead his team to two semifinals, a title, and another final this season. His successes will be difficult to top, although his replacement, Antonio Mohamed, has proven to also be a success.
4. To see the possible Mexican national team base players in the biggest games of the season. When Miguel Herrera took hold of ‘el tri’, he decided to not include players based in Europe in the playoff against New Zealand. Instead, he opted for pure Liga MX players, and more precisely, players from the top performing teams in Mexico. On other words, Mexico was compiled almost entirely by America and Leon (take away some players from Santos Laguna). This Thursday and Sunday, we have the opportunity to analyze how these players, many of whom will participate in Brazil 2014, will play in a top caliber series. It will be the best scenario to watch the top Mexican Liga MX stars prior to their World Cup preparations.
5. To enjoy what will undoubtedly be the best set of matches in the Apertura 2013. The final series will have the two best teams, with the two best offenses, and some of the best defenses the league has to offer. The #1 America against the #3 Leon, on two of the best stadiums in the country. This final will have a difficult time to top the Clausura 2013 final between America and Cruz Azul; however, it has all the ingredients to become a memorable final for many years to come.
Leon vs America TV Schedule for the First and Second Legs
First Leg : Thursday, December 12, 2013 on Telemundo at 6:00 PM Pacific
Second Leg: Sunday, December 15, 2013 on Univision Deportes at 4:00 PM Pacific.