In one of the biggest mismatches in the round of 16 of the Copa MX, Chivas of Guadalajara will host Correcaminos UAT at the Estadio Chivas this Tuesday, March 7 2017 (7:00 PM Pacific). Chivas are in first place in the Liga MX with 17 points and have been one of the best teams in the competition.
In the Copa MX, Chivas also had a strong showing in the group stages finishing in first place in group 6 of the competition with 10 points. Matias Almeyda went undefeated in the Copa MX with three victories and a draw, giving opportunities to youth players along the way. Players like Michelle Benitez, Guillermo Martinez and Alejandro Zendejas were some of the younger players featured.
A good mix of veterans has also been used in the tournament with the likes of Nestor Calderon, Miguel Angel Ponce and Carlos Salcido receiving playing time. One of the most enticing players, Matias Almeyda has used in this Copa MX has been Carlos Fierro, who has looked exceptional, creating plenty of opportunities for the team and scoring two goals. Chivas has been a team that historically has shown interest in the competition, having reached the final in the latest edition of the tournament. It will be interesting to see if Matias Almeyda continues to express interest in this Clausura.
It was no surprise that Chivas made it to the round of 16, however, it was a surprise that Correcaminos UAT managed to make it to the knockout stages of the competition. The team from Tamaulipas is struggling in the Ascenso MX, in 16th place with only eight points, but did manage to beat Sonora twice in the Copa MX to make it to the round of 16. Correcaminos was in a tough group with Cimarrones de Sonora and Club Tijuana, but prevailed.
Correcaminos is led by an experienced manager in Jaime Ordiales who has served as sporting president to both America and Chivas in the past. Ordiales also has an experienced core of players by his side, many former Liga MX players like Lucas Ayala, Ricardo Bocanegra, Pierre Ibarra and Vicente Matias Vuoso. It will be interesting to see how Ordiales and the second division team fare against Chivas at the Estadio Chivas this Tuesday.