Game: Atlético San Luis v CF Monterrey
Date: Sunday, July 28th, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM EDT, 5:00 PM CDT, 3:00 PM PDT
Venue: Estadio Alfonso Lastras, San Luis Potosí
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This match will be a challenge to view in the United States in either English or Spanish, as it appears that new Liga MX club, Atlético San Luis hasn’t quite got their US TV rights sorted out right now.
Speaking of being new to Liga MX, a team from San Luis is back in the top flight of Mexico for the first time since 2013. Atlético San Luis, a team that is part owned by Spain’s Atlético Madrid, has been in existence since 2013 although the Spanish team has only been a part owner since 2017. Atléti de San Luis had an impressive run in the Ascenso last season. After winning the Apertura 2018 Liguilla, Atléti went undefeated in both the entire Clausura 2019 campaign and the Liguilla, beating Dorados de Sinaloa a second time to guarantee their promotion to the top flight.
San Luis wasn’t successful in getting a win in their first game back in Liga MX, and things won’t get any easier for the newcomers with Monterrey coming to town.
Monterrey will be looking for more than just a feel-good story after suffering a bad loss at the Azteca last week. Los Rayados will be looking to bounce back with a win on the road before coming back home, and it will be a good opportunity for Monterrey to pick up a win against a team that quite hasn’t figured out how to play together.
Monterrey will also have a new acquisition that may or may not make his Monterrey debut today, with former Tottenham Hotspur forward Vincent Janssen joined the club this past week. And yes, it’s a big deal for a former Netherlands international to suit up for Monterrey, although just don’t call him Monterrey’s Gignac - if for no other reason than Janssen is much younger and comes off of a season where his team played in the finals of the Champions League.
Monterrey should win this match going away, but any stumble here will increase the pressure on manager Diego Alonso, as there is a lot of pressure on him to finally deliver a Liga MX title to the BBVA Bancomer. The ownership group at the club has already proven that money is no object, and with another expensive player coming to play in a position of need, there are no excuses left for Alonso and the collection of international players on the roster.