Clausura 2019 Review

Liga MX wrapped up its Clausura 2019 season at the end of May, 2019. We all know Leon came out on top. But for the amount of money they paid, they outperformed not only the rest of Liga MX, their success came out on top of all the leagues we cover: Liga MX, Budesliga, 2 Bundesliga, Premier League and MLS. Our visualization is available below with more to see at my Tableau profile.

Given the team salaries, Leon should have been fighting things out in the middle of the table. Our model predicted them to finish the season on 21 points. Their prodigious scoring output, producing 41 goals, paired with a solid defense to generate an unstoppable machine. Their 27 goal differential in 17 games is staggering. Angel Mena’s 14 goals was tops in the league.

Necaxa finished in 6th place officially but in our rankings, they took second. This is largely thanks to second place goal scorer, Brian Fernandez, who put 12 home in 15 games.

While Tiburones deserved to be sent packing, they will return next season after paying to stay in the first division. Lobos were bought by Juares after falling into financial difficulties.

We are excited to see Jornada 0 this weekend with the Cruz Azul/Necaxa and America/UANL games. And the break will finally come to an end next weekend with Jornada 1. All of the players will be back from national team duties, El Tri having won the Copa Oro and hosts Brazil winning Copa America. Many Liga MX players participated in those competitions, including Sr. Mena, who played for home Ecuador. Unfortunately, they were grouped against Uruguay, Chile, and Japan with Mena’s only goal in the competition coming from a meaningless game against Japan.

As this America vs Tigres game shows, Apertura 2019 will be just as exciting. Gignac’s got that fire!

Supercopa MX Cruz Azul vs. Necaxa

Cruz Azul Lineups: 4-2-3-1

#1 Jesus Corona (GK) (c)

#24 Juan Escobar, #23 Pablo Aguilar, #4 Julio Dominguez, #16 Adrian Aldrete

#5 Igor Lichnovsky, #19 Yoshimar Yotun

#17 Edgar Mendez, #25 Roberto Alvarado, #11 Elias Hernandez

#9 Milton Caraglio

Necaxa Lineups: 4-2-3-1

#1 Hugo Gonzalez (GK)

#26 Christian Calderon, #31 Ventura Alvarado (c), #4 Alexis Pena, #5 Fernando Meza

#6 Luis Perez, #188 Jose Plascensia

#11 Kevin Mercado, #20 Jesus Angulo, #7 Daniel Alvarez

#21 Eduardo Herrara

CAZ 4 Milton Caraglio 20′ Elias Hernandez 44′ Edgar Mendez 47′ Jose Escobar 87′


The game starts and in the 3rd minute, Hugo Gonzalez blocks Milton Caraglio’s shot. 1 minute later, Hugo Gonzalez blocks another shot for Cruz Azul. In the 5th minute, a Necaxa player falls down as he tries to kick it up the field to his teammates. In the 12th minute, Pablo Aguilar makes a great tackle to stop Necaxa from attacking. In the 14th minute, Cruz Azul makes their first foul of the game. In the 19th minute, Christian Calderon makes a great clearance for Necaxa. 1 minute later, Yoshimar Yotun takes a free kick for Cruz Azul and Milton Caraglio scores with the header! In the 44th minute, Elias Hernandez scores by dribbling around Hugo Gonzalez and making just enough space to take the shot! 2-0 at the end of the first half.

The second half starts and in the 47th minute, Edgar Mendez scores after Adrian Aldrete’s cross! In the 55th minute, Jose Cobian replaces Jesus Angulo for Necaxa as the first substitution of the game. 10 minutes later, Ricardo Chavez replaces Luis Perez as the second sub for Necaxa. 1 minute later, Orbelin Pineda replces Elias Henandez for Cruz Azul. 3 minutes later, Fernando Illescas replaces Jose Plascensia for Necaxa. In the 80th minute, Jonathan Rodriguez replaces Milton Caraglio for Cruz Azul. 5 minutes later, Guillermo Fernandez replaces Roberto Alvarado for Cruz Azul. 2 minutes later, Juan Escobar scores a greatgoal for Cruz Azul and Cruz Azul is crowned champions of Supercopa MX!

CONCACAF Gold Cup Finals: Mexico vs. U.S.A

Lineups: Mexico 4-5-1

#1 Guillermo Ochoa (GK)

#4 Edson Alvarez, #3 Carlos Salcedo, #21 Luis Rodriguez, #15 Hector Moreno

#18 Andres Guardado (c), #6 Jonathan dos Santos, #22 Uriel Antuna, #20 Rodolfo Pizzaro, #23 Jesus Gallardo

#9 Raul Jimenez

Lineups: U.S.A. 4-5-1

#1 Zack Steffen (GK)

#13 Tim Ream, #14 Reggie Cannon, #23 Aaron Long, #19 Matthew Miazaga

#7 Paul Arriola, #4 Michael Bradley, #8 Weston McKennie (c), #11 Jordan Morris, #10 Christian Pulisic

#17 Jozy Altidore

MEX 1 Jonathan dos Santos 73′


The game begins in Chicago, Illinois and 33 seconds in, Jonathan dos Santos gets a shot on target. In the 5th minute, Jozy Altidore and Christian Pulisic could’ve scored. 2 minutes later, Jozy Altidore misses a big chance that could’ve easily been a goal. In the 31st minute, Christian Pulisic misses a shot. 10 minutes later, Guillermo Ochoa makes a great save for Mexico. In the 45+1st minute, Rodolfo Pizarro gets fouled and it seemed like it was a broken arm.

The second half starts and in the 51st minute, Hector Moreno makes a goal-line clearance with his head. In the 61st minute, Christian Roldan replaces Jordan Morris for the U.S. 3 minutes later, Gyasi Zardes replaces Jozy Altidore for the U.S. In the 67th minute, Raul Jimenez misses a big chance. In the 73rd minute, Jonathan dos Santos scores a goal! In the 81st minute, Carlos Rodriguez replaces Rodolfo Pizarro for Mexico. 2 minutes later, Daniel Lovitz replaces Tim Ream for the U.S. In the 86th minute, Uriel Antuna gets replaced by Roberto Alvarado for Mexico. Diego Reyes replaces Andres Guardado for Mexico. The game ends and Mexico are the champions of Gold Cup!!

Copa America finals: Brazil vs. Peru

Lineups: Brazil 4-2-3-1

#1 Alisson (GK),

#2 Thiago Silva, #4 Marquinhos, #12 Alex Sandro, #13 Dani Alves (c)

#5 Arthur, #8 Casemiro

#9 Gabriel Jesus, #11 Philippe Coutinho, #19 Everton

#20 Roberto Firmino

Lineups: Peru 4-2-3-1

#1 Pedro Gallese (GK)

#6 Miguel Trauco, #2 Luis Abram, #15 Carlos Zambrano, #17 Luis Advincula

#19 Yoshimar Yotun, #13 Renato Tapia

#18 Andre Carrilo, #18 Christian Cueva, #20 Edison Flores

#9 Paolo Guerrero (c)

BRA 1 Everton 15′ Gabriel Jesus 45+3′

Expulsion: Gabriel Jesus 70′

PER 1 Paolo Guerrero 44′ (PK)

The game starts in Rio de Janeiro Brazil with the crowds cheering their team on from the kickoff. Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus makes a clear foul in the 9th minute. In the 15th minute, Gabriel Jesus shows great skill and dribbles around a Peruvian defender and crosses and Everton scores! 1-0 for the hosts. In the 24th minute, Philippe Coutinho just misses a shot. In the 27th minute, Paolo Guerrero’s headed shot goes high over the crossbar. In the 30th minute, Gabriel Jesus gets booked for Brazil for colliding into Yoshimar Yotun after trying to steal the ball from Paolo Guerrero. In the 36th minute, Roberto firmino misses his header. In the 41st minute, Peru gets a penalty! But before they take it, the referee checks VAR for a possible penalty and the penalty becomes official after 5 seconds of watching VAR. In the 44th minute, Paolo Guerrero score in the bottom right corner! (Alisson dove the opposite way)In the last minute of stoppage time, (45+3′)

The second half starts and in the 49th minute, Renato Tapia gets booked for a foul. 3 minutes later, Thiago Silva gets booked for Brazil. In the 53rd minute, Roberto Firmino misses his shot like he’s passing to an imagianary teammate. In the 63rd minute, Everton gets a run but a Peruvian defender stops him from continuing. In the 65th minute, Christian Cueva intercepts Alisson’s pass to Thiago Silva just outside of the goalie box. In the 68th minute, Carlos Zambrano gets booked for Peru after fouling Gabriel Jesus… he fell a strange way as well. In the 70th minute, Gabriel Jesus gets his second yellow after colliding with Carlos Zambrano. He started crying in the tunnel. In the 73rd minute, Edison Flores fires a strong shot that just misses the goal. In the 75th minute, Richarlison replaces Roberto Firmino for Brazil. 2 minutes later, Philippe Coutinho gets replaced by Eder Militao. In the 78th minute, Raul Ruidiaz replaces Yoshimar Yotun for Peru. 4 minutes later, Christofer Gonzales replaces Renato Tapia who got the yellow card at the beginning of the half for Peru. 2 minutes later, Luis Advincula gets booked for a careless foul on Everton. In the 86th minute, Andy Polo replaces Andre Carillo for Peru. In the 90th minute, Richarlison scores! Richarlison gets booked for his celebration of taking off his shirt and swinging it in the air. In the 90+3rd minute Allan replaces Everton as the last substitution of the game. the game ends 3-1 and Brazil are crowned the champions of Copa America!!!!!!

Women’s World Cup Finals: U.S.A. vs. the Netherlands

USA 2 Megan Rapinoe 61′ (PK) Rose Lavelle 69′


The game begins in Lyon, France, this time the U.S. able to use Megan Rapinoe who recovered from a pulled hamstring. In the 10th minute, Sherida Spitse gets booked for the Netherlands after a foul on Rose Lavelle. In the 27th minute, the U.S. win a corner and Julie Ertz takes a great shot from it. In the 28th minute, Becky Sauerbrunn gets injured but quickly recovers 2 minutes later. In the 37th minute, Megan Rapinoe just misses a shot. One minute later, Sari van Veenendaal blocks Alex Morgan’s shot. In the 40th minute, Sari van Veenendaal blocks Tobin Heath’s shot. In the 41st minute, Abby Dahlkemeper gets booked for “a foul” even though the Netherlands player dived. The first half ends 0-0.

During halftime, Alexandra Krieger replaces Kelley O’Hara for the U.S. The second half starts and in the 60th minute, Stefanie van der Gragt gets booked for cleating Alex Morgan on the shoulder. Megan Rapinoe takes the penalty and scores! 8 minutes later, Rose Lavelle scores for the U.S.! 2 minutes later, Jill Roord replaces Lieke Martens for the Netherlands. Another 2 minutes later, Shanice van de Sanden replaces Anouk Dekken for the Netherlands. In the 79th minute, Christine Press replaces Megan Rapinoe for the U.S. She gets a big applause from the U.S. fans. 8 minutes later, Carli Lloyd replaces Tobin Heath. The game ends and the U.S. wins the Women’s World Cup!!!!!!!!!!!

Copa America Match for Third Place Argentina vs. Chile

ARG 2 Sergio Aguero 12′ Paulo Dybala 22′

Expulsion(s): Lionel Messi 37′

CHI 1 Arturo Vidal 58′ (PK)

Expulsion(s): Gary Medel 37′

Tha game starts and just 25 seconds in, Alexis Sanchez fouls an Argentina player. In the 10th minute, Erick Pulgar fouls Lionel Messi. While the Chilean players are still arguing with the ref, Messi passes the ball to Aguero who scores! In the 16th minute, Jen Beausejour gets booked for Chile after arguing. 1 minute later, Junior Fernandes replaces Alexis Sanchez after injury. In the 22nd minute, Paulo Dybala scores for Argentina! 4 minutes later, Arturo Vidal gets gets booked. In the 37th minute, Gary Medel and Lionel Messi get red cards for violent conduct. In the 45+1st minute, Erick Pulgar gets booked for a foul. The first half ends, 2-0 with both team capains getting red cards.

In the 49th minute, Gonzalo Jara gets replaced by Guillermo Maripan for Chile. In the 57th minute, Giovani Lo Celso fouls Charles Aranguiz inside the box. German Pezella gets booked for arguing. Arturo Vidal takes the penalty and gets a goal back for Chile! In the 63rd minute, Leandro Paredes gets booked for Argentina. In the 68th minute, Angel Di Maria replaces Paulo Dybala for Argentina. In the 81st minute, Matias Suarez replaces Sergio Aguero who just missed a big chance. In the 83rd minute, Nicolas Castillo replaces replaces Charles Aranguiz who won the penalty. In the 90th minute, Ramiro Funes Mori replaces Giovani Lo Celso for Argentina. 1 minute later, Nicolas Tagliafico gets booked for a foul. The game ends 2-1.

Women’s World Cup Semifinal Netherlands vs. Sweden

NED 1 Jackie Groenen 99′


The game begins and in the 3rd minute, Sweden does a handball but the Netherlands miss the following free kick. In the 17th minute, the Netherlands get a shot on goal that Hedvig Lindahl easily blocks. In the 19th minute, Magdalena Eriksson just misses a free kick chance for Sweden. In the 45th minute, the Netherlands make a back heel that could’ve helped give the Netherlands a goal. The first half ends 0-0.

During halftime, Jill Roord replaces Lieke Martens for the Netherlands. In the 53rd minute, Sweden hits the post after a save by Sari Van Veenendaal. In the 63rd minute, Hedvig Lindahl makes a save so the ball hits the post. In the 72nd minute, Shanice Van de Sanden replaces Lineth Beerensteyn for the Netherlands. In the 79th minute, Julia Zigiotti and Madelen Janogy replace Elen Rubensson and Lina Hurtig for Sweden. In the 83rd minute, Sherida Spitse blocks a shot from the corner mark. 2 minutes later, she gets a yellow card. Regular time ends 0-0. This is the first ever Women’s World Cup Semifinal to be decided in Extra Time or Penalties.

The first half of extra time starts and in the 94th minute, Julia Zigiotti gets booked for Sweden after fouling a Netherlands player. In the 99th minute, Jackie Groenen scores in the bottom corner! The first half of extra time ends in the 105+2nd minute, 1-0.

The second half of extra time starts and 6 minutes in, Mimmi Larsson and Jonna Anderson replace Stina Blackstenius and Magdalena Eriksson for Sweden. In the 116th minute, Danielle van de Donk gets booked for the Netherlands after a foul. The game ends in the 120+8th minute so the finals are going to be U.S.A. vs. the Netherlands.