For all the news surrounding Mexican futbol right now, there is still a final being played. A 1-0 win saw Pachuca outplay Monterrey in the first leg, and we are now potentially 90 minutes away from finding out who the next Liga MX champion will be.
For maybe the first time in this Liguilla, Monterrey will be at a disadvantage, and it's something of an unfamiliar position to be in. After all, they finished the regular season at the top of the league table, and Antonio "Turco" Mohamed's team is made up of stars like Edwin Cardona and Dorlan Pabon.
But in Monterrey, there is no question Rayados have enough to crash the Pachuca party. Like with Club America in the semifinals, you get the sense that Monterrey are not fazed by the occasion. Even with Carlos Sanchez missing, Monterrey seem to have that South American pedigree to pull out important victories.
For Pachuca, a league title here would be the culmination of a project that has been years in the making. With three gifted youngsters: Erick Gutierrez, Rodolfo Pizarro, and Hirving Lozano. They've won plenty of admirers, and they are determined to seize the stage with their attacking brand of futbol.
The unfortunate news of Oscar Murillo's injury, however, has robbed Pachuca of one of their key defensive players. This is an area for which Pachuca deserves considerable praise for this season, and Omar Gonzalez and Aquivaldo Mosquera will have to be at their best if they want to be lifting the trophy at the end of the night.
In a day like this, the hope is the sport brings us joy. Here is to seeing an entertaining finale to another superb Liga MX season.
Match date/time: Sunday 9:30pm EST, 8:30pm local
Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Monterrey, Mexico
TV: Univision and Univision Deportes Network