The return of Copa MX has now moved past the group stage and into the quarterfinals and knockout stages. The tournament is still somewhat received with mixed feelings from most fans, mainly due to how crowded the schedule has become with the tournament. While the Copa MX is set to crown a champion of Mexico, the majority of the clubs fielded youth and reserves through the group stage, adding to the lack of appeal.
While it's been impossible to field starters by both Liga MX and Ascenso MX clubs through the group stage, we should start to see more of a mix of players for the remainder of games. The Copa MX started with 28 clubs, 14 from each the first and second division of Mexican soccer.
Ironically, the eight teams that made it through - winner of each group and the next highest point total - were split between first and second division teams.
Here's the run down of the winners of each group:
- Group 1: Dorados (Ascenso MX) 13 points
- Group 2: Neza (Asceson MX) 11 points
- Group 3: Pachuca (Liga MX) 16 points
- Group 4: Necaxa (Ascenso MX) 14 points
- Group 5: Correcaminos (Ascenso MX) 13 points
- Group 6: Tijuana (Liga MX) 13 points
- Group 7: Toluca (Liga MX) 12 points
Those seven group winners, plus group 4's San Luis (Liga MX) will round out the quarter-finalists. San Luis was the next runner up from all the other clubs participating.
The quarterfinals will be a single game elimination match and the eight clubs will be seeded as 1v8, 2v7, 3v6, 4v5, with the Ascenso MX club getting to hosting rights to the game.
By Wednesday night, the field will be narrowed down to the final four clubs vying for Mexico's Cup.
Here's the upcoming matches:
- (1) Pachuca at (8) Neza
- (4) Tijuana at (5) Correcaminos
- (7) Toluca at (2) Necaxa
- (3) San Luis at (6) Dorados
Stay tuned for more updates as the games happen.
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