Game: Club Atlético Monarcas Morelia vs. Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente
Date: Wednesday, May 11th
Time: 5:30 PM Pacific, 7:30 PM Central, 8:30 PM Eastern
Venue: Estadio Morelos (Morelia, Mich.)
Streaming: Sling (Free trial + monthly subscription)
Eighth seeded Monarcas Morelia (6W 6L 5D) hosts the superlider Xolos Tijuana (9W 4L 4D) tonight in one of the more interesting matchups in the Liguilla. Morelia has defeated Xolos twice this year - once in Liga MX play and once in the Copa MX Quarterfinals - both times by a 2-0 scoreline.
Morelia made the Liguilla by cheating death. Faced with relegation unless they beat Monterrey, Raul Ruidiaz scored a miracle goal in the 90th minute to save Monarcas. Morelia is a dangerous team - they’re playing with house money right now and they’re coming in off of a huge win. Tijuana would be wise not to underestimate them.
Xolos are looking to cast superstition aside and show that there’s no such thing as a superlider curse. Aside from a 3-0 shellacking by Tigres two weeks ago, Tijuana hasn’t lost in Liga MX play since March 3. Miguel Herrera has this team firing on all cylinders now, and while the rumors have him leaving after the season to return to Club America, you have to think he wants to leave Tijuana a champion. Tijuana’s defense hasn’t allowed a goal in seven Liga MX games this year, and their offense - lead by Colombian Aviles Hurtado - has scored 30 goals.