Liga MX has proven time and time again that it is the top league in North America. The last time a non-Mexican team won the CONCACAF Champions League was all the way back in 2005 when Costa Rican club Saprissa knocked off Pumas UNAM 3-2 in a two-legged final. It will be the first league to get its domestic season underway after the conclusion of the major international tournaments with matches starting on Friday, July 19.
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The league season is divided into two parts, Apertura and Clausura. Apertura lasts from July to December, while Clausura runs from January to May. That allows for two champions during one season, increasing the number of titles a team can win. We have only seen one team win both titles in a year since Liga MX adopted this format in the late 1990s with Leon winning Apertura 2013 and Clausura 2014.
Odds To Win 2019 Liga MX Apertura
- UANL Tigres +350
- Monterrey +450
- Club America +450
- Leon +750
- Toluca +1000
- Cruz Azul +1250
- Chivas Guadalajara +1250
- Pachuca +1500
- Santos Laguna +1500
- Pumas UNAM +1500
- Tijuana +2350
- Atlas +4250
- Necaxa +5500
- Puebla FC +6500
- Monarca Morelia +6500
- Queretaro FC +6500
- Atletico San Luis +8500
- FC Juarez +10000
- Veracruz +12500
Defending champions UANL Tigres are the favorites to win the 2019 Liga MX Apertura. They had the second-best goal differential in both the Apertura and Clausura last year, and they clinched the Clausura title after beating Pachuca and Monterrey in a shootout to reach the final where they beat Leon 1-0 over two legs.
That was the fourth title for UANL in five years, and they look strong again this year too. This is a skilled, veteran side that didn’t lose much during the offseason, so the defense should once again be the best in the league. Up front, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Eduardo Vargas, and Enner Valencia make up one of the best trio of forwards in Mexico.
City rival Monterrey is seen as one of their primary challengers this season. Monterrey came close to beating UANL in the semifinals of the Clausura season earlier this year, but they weren’t quite able to pull it off. Manager Diego Alonso has entrusted his defense to a contingent of veteran Argentinians (most of whom only recently came over from Serie A teams), and he still has one of the league’s best weapons in Dorlan Pabon. Pabon registered nine assists in Apertura, and he has a premier goal scorer in Rogerio Funes Mori. Midfielder Carlos Rodriguez is one to watch going forward too for Rayados.
Club America is tied with Monterrey as the second favorite. America won last year’s Apertura and made it to the semifinals of Clausura before falling to Leon in a shootout. They brought in Fernando Gonzalez from Necaxa to shore up their midfield over the summer, but they parted ways with Aldo Cruz to make room for him. On Saturday, they made another big addition too, signing former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Giovani dos Santos.
If you’re looking for a bit of a longer shot, Leon have great value at +750. The club was the best in the Clausura during the regular season, posting a 13-2-2 record and lapping the field with 41 goals and a +27 goal differential. Angel Mena was incredible during the run, leading Liga MX with 14 goals and 10 assists during the stretch. Leo Romas was added from BUAP to improve the depth at forward, but the big question is whether or not the club can sign Jose Juan Macias. The teenager came over on a loan from Guadalajara last season, and he made a huge impact with 10 goals in 18 matches. Leon are keen to sign him, but Guadalajara have significantly upped his asking price.
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