Club Tijuana - Federico Vilar: The 39 year old goalkeeper had his best season since coming to Liga MX in 2006, making 56 saves and posting 8 clean sheets and a measly 0.76 goals against average. He’s been sharp and focused, making fantastic saves and keeping Xolos in games they had no business being in.
Pachuca - Hirving Lozano: Chucky has been a force for Pachuca, leading Liga MX’s top scoring team in points. His seven goals and four assists are a big part of why Tuzos are second seeded in the Liguilla, and he’s been rewarded with appearances for El Tri. Enjoy watching him in Liga MX while you can, as Manchester United was rumored to be interested in his services this past summer.
Tigres - Nahuel Guzmán: While teammates André-Pierre Gignac, Ismael Sosa, Jürgen Damm, and Andy Delort get all of the press, Guzmán has turned in a fantastic season. His 0.76 equals that of Tijuana’s Vilar, and his nine clean sheets were a big reason Tigres tied Xolos for fewest goals conceded in the 2016 Apertura.
Chivas - Alan Pulido: Pulido has only played in 454 minutes for Chivas, however he had four goals in those eight appearances. The biggest signing in Chivas’ history, he simply has to come up big for El Rebaño Sagrado in order for them to come out on top of El Clásico Nacional.
Club América - Rubens Sambueza: As the captain goes, so goes Los Aguilas. Sambu has long been América’s beating heart, and it’s his grit and will can turn the tide of a match. With just one goal and two assists on the season he won’t provide much in the way of offense, but he drew 47 fouls and got under the skin of most every player he faced.
Pumas - Matías Britos: The Uruguayan midfielder leads the club with nine goals but is also the engine that keeps Pumas humming along. He fights for every ball and his vision on the pitch is among the best in a league that seems to be awash in creative players with vision. Tigres will need to limit his touches and look to frustrate him.
Necaxa - Edson Puch: The Chilean midfielder leads Necaxa with nine goals, however the entire team only scored 23 on the season. Pachuca has to look to shut him down and make someone else score, and considering only seven other players scored for Necaxa in the Apertura shutting Puch down could make for a quick series.
Club León - Mauro Boselli: On an otherwise pedestrian León team, Boselli was superb. Boselli had ten goals and three assists, having a hand in 13 of the 25 goals León scored. Boselli can be the guy to put a team on his back and win games, and Tijuana has been sagging a bit lately.