2014–15 Liga MX season

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Liga MX
Season 2014–15
Champions Apertura:
América (12th title)
Clausura:
Santos Laguna (5th title)
Relegated UDG
Champions League América
Santos Laguna
UANL
Querétaro
Copa Libertadores Atlas
UANL
Morelia
Matches played 327
Goals scored 792 (2.42 per match)
Top goalscorer

Apertura:
Mauro Boselli
Camilo Sanvezzo
(12 goals)

Clausura:
Dorlan Pabón (10 goals)
Biggest home win

Apertura:
León 4–0 Morelia (August 2, 2014)
Cruz Azul 4–0 América (October 4, 2014)
León 4–0 Atlas (November 1, 2014)

Clausura:
Santos Laguna 5–0 Querétaro (May 27, 2015)
América 5-0 Chiapas (February 14, 2015)
León 6-2 Tijuana (May 9, 2015)
Monterrey 5-1 León (March 21, 2015)
Biggest away win

Apertura:
Morelia 1–5 UANL (August 22, 2014)

Clausura:
América 0–4 Querétaro (April 18, 2015)
Highest scoring

Apertura:
Atlas 4–2 Chiapas (August 2, 2014)
Morelia 1–5 UANL (August 22, 2014)

Clausura:
León 4–5 Querétaro (April 4, 2015)
Longest winning run América (5 – Apertura)
Tijuana and Santos Laguna (3 – Clausura)
Longest unbeaten run UANL (9 – Apertura)
Veracruz (8 – Clausura)
Longest winless run Morelia (9 – Apertura)
Morelia (7 – Clausura)
Longest losing run UNAM (4 – Apertura)
UDG (4 – Clausura)
Highest attendance

Apertura: 58,783
América 0–1 UNAM
(August 30, 2014)[1]

Clausura: 74,138
América 1–0 Cruz Azul
(April 4, 2015)[2]
Lowest attendance

Apertura: 0
Morelia 0–1 Pachuca
(October 1, 2014)[3]

Clausura: 7,488
Puebla 2–0 Monterrey
(February 14, 2015)[4]
Average attendance

Apertura: 24,284[5]

Clausura:26,829[6]

The 2014–15 Liga MX season was the 68th professional season of the top-flight football league in Mexico. The season will be split into two championships—the Torneo Apertura and the Torneo Clausura—each in an identical format and each contested by the same eighteen teams.

Teams, stadiums, and personnel[edit]

The following eighteen teams will compete this season. Atlante was relegated to the Ascenso MX after accumulating the lowest coefficient over the past three seasons. Atlante will be replaced by the Apertura 2013 Ascenso MX champion Leones Negros, who won promotion after defeating the Clausura 2014 winner Estudiantes Tecos in a promotional play-off.

Stadiums and locations[edit]

América Atlas Chiapas Cruz Azul Guadalajara León
Estadio Azteca Estadio Jalisco Estadio Víctor Manuel Reyna Estadio Azul Estadio Omnilife Estadio León
Capacity: 95,500 Capacity: 56,713 Capacity: 28,000 Capacity: 35,161 Capacity: 49,850 Capacity: 30,000
Azteca entrance.jpg Estadio jalisco.jpg Estadio Zoque Víctor Manuel Reyna.jpg 15-07-Mexico-Vorauswahl-RalfR-WMA 0974.jpg Estadio Omnilife Chivas.jpg EstadioLeon.jpg
Monterrey Morelia Pachuca Puebla Querétaro Santos Laguna
Estadio Tecnológico Estadio Morelos Estadio Hidalgo Estadio Cuauhtémoc Estadio Corregidora Estadio Corona
Capacity: 36,485 Capacity: 35,000 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 53,000 Capacity: 33,277 Capacity: 30,000
ITESM Estadio Tecnologico.jpg Estadio Morelos.jpg Estadio Hidalgo Huracan.jpg Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla.jpg Estadio la Corregidora.JPG Tsmmundialsub17.jpg
Tijuana Toluca U. de G. UANL UNAM Veracruz
Estadio Caliente Estadio Nemesio Díez Estadio Jalisco Estadio Universitario Estadio Olímpico Universitario Estadio Luis "Pirata" Fuente
Capacity: 27,333 Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 56,713 Capacity: 42,000 Capacity: 68,954 Capacity: 30,000
CalienteStadium.JPG B4GameTolChivas.JPG Estadio jalisco.jpg Estadio Olímpico Universitario 2.jpeg Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.jpg

Stadiums Changes[edit]

Veracruz (Apertura 2014; Weeks 14 and 16) Puebla (Clausura 2015)
Estadio Olímpico de la BUAP
Capacity: 21,750

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Chairman Head Coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
América Ricardo Peláez Argentina Gustavo Matosas Argentina Rubens Sambueza Nike Bimbo & Coca-Cola
Atlas Gustavo Guzmán Mexico Tomás Boy Chile Rodrigo Millar Puma Bridgestone & TV Azteca
Chiapas Carlos López Chargoy Mexico Sergio Bueno Argentina Javier Muñoz Mustafá Pirma Chiapas
Cruz Azul Guillermo Álvarez Mexico Luis Fernando Tena Mexico Gerardo Torrado Under Armour Cemento Cruz Azul
Guadalajara Néstor de la Torre Mexico José Manuel de la Torre Mexico Omar Bravo Adidas Bimbo
León Jesús Martínez Murguia Argentina Juan Antonio Pizzi Argentina Mauro Boselli Pirma Telcel & Coca-Cola
Monterrey Luis Miguel Salvador Argentina Antonio Mohamed Mexico Severo Meza Puma Bimbo & BBVA Bancomer
Morelia Pablo Eduardo Boy Mexico Roberto Hernández Mexico Carlos Morales Joma Bridgestone & Dportenis
Pachuca Jesús Martínez Patiño Uruguay Diego Alonso Colombia Aquivaldo Mosquera Nike Cementos Fortaleza & Samsung
Puebla Jesús López Chargoy Mexico José Guadalupe Cruz Argentina Mauricio Romero Charly Coca-Cola
Querétaro Joaquín Beltrán Mexico Víctor Manuel Vucetich Argentina Miguel Martínez Pirma Banco Multiva & Orsan
Santos Laguna Alejandro Irarragorri Portugal Pedro Caixinha Argentina Carlos Izquierdoz Puma Soriana & Peñoles
Tijuana Jorge Hank Inzunsa Mexico Daniel Guzmán Argentina Javier Gandolfi Adidas Caliente & Boing
Toluca Jesús Vallejo Paraguay José Cardozo Paraguay Paulo da Silva Under Armour Banamex
U. de G. Raúl Padilla Mexico Alfonso Sosa Argentina Leandro Cufré Lotto Electrolit & Telcel
UANL Alejandro Rodríguez Brazil Ricardo Ferretti Brazil Juninho Adidas Cemex
UNAM Jorge Borja Navarrete Mexico Guillermo Vázquez Paraguay Darío Verón Nike Banamex
Veracruz Fidel Kuri Mustieles Chile Carlos Reinoso Mexico Leobardo López Charly Winpot Casino & Boing

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position
in table
Pre-Apertura changes
Guadalajara Argentina Ricardo La Volpe Sacked April 30, 2014 Argentina Carlos Bustos May 12, 2014 Preseason
Monterrey Mexico Carlos Barra and José Treviño Promoted to
Head Coach
May 16, 2014 Mexico Carlos Barra May 16, 2014 Preseason
Apertura Changes
UNAM Mexico José Luis Trejo Sacked [7] August 15, 2014 Mexico David Patiño (Interim) August 15, 2014 15th
UNAM Mexico David Patiño (Interim) Caretaker August 18, 2014 Mexico Guillermo Vázquez August 18, 2014 15th
Puebla Argentina Rubén Omar Romano Sacked [8] August 25, 2014 Mexico José Luis Sánchez Solá August 25, 2014 14th
Tijuana Venezuela César Farías Sacked August 30, 2014 Mexico Daniel Guzman [9] September 1, 2014 13th
Morelia Argentina Ángel David Comizzo Sacked September 3, 2014 Mexico José Guadalupe Cruz September 3, 2014 18th
Guadalajara Argentina Carlos Bustos Resigned October 2, 2014 Mexico Ramón Morales (Interim) October 3, 2014 15th
Guadalajara Mexico Ramón Morales (Interim) Caretaker October 7, 2014 Mexico José Manuel de la Torre October 8, 2014 16th
Veracruz Mexico Cristóbal Ortega Sacked November 9, 2014 Chile Carlos Reinoso November 20, 2014 16th
Pre-Clausura changes
Leon Argentina Gustavo Matosas Resigned November 24, 2014 Argentina Juan Antonio Pizzi December 3, 2014 Preseason
Pachuca Mexico Enrique Meza Sacked November 30, 2014 Uruguay Diego Alonso December 5, 2014 Preseason
Morelia Mexico José Guadalupe Cruz Sacked December 1, 2014 Mexico Alfredo Tena December 4, 2014 Preseason
Puebla Mexico José Luis Sánchez Solá Sacked December 3, 2014 Mexico José Guadalupe Cruz December 9, 2014 Preseason
America Argentina Antonio Mohamed Contract Expired December 14, 2014 Argentina Gustavo Matosas December 11, 2014 Preseason
Clausura changes
Monterrey Mexico Carlos Barra Sacked February 15, 2015 Argentina Antonio Mohamed February 16, 2015 17th
Morelia Mexico Alfredo Tena Sacked February 21, 2015 Mexico Roberto Hernández February 24, 2015 18th
Querétaro Mexico Ignacio Ambríz Sacked February 23, 2015 Mexico Víctor Manuel Vucetich February 23, 2015 15th

Torneo Apertura[edit]

The Apertura 2014 is the first championship of the season. The regular season will begin on July 18, 2014, and end on November 23, 2014. León are the defending champions, having won both the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura tournaments.

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 América (A) 17 9 4 4 28 18 +10 31 Advance to Liguilla and cannot qualify for South American competitions 1, 3
2 UANL (Q) (A) 17 8 7 2 25 17 +8 31 2015 Copa Libertadores Second Stage
Advance to Liguilla 2, 3
3 Atlas (Q) (A) 17 9 4 4 22 20 +2 31
4 Toluca (A) 17 8 5 4 24 18 +6 29 Advance to Liguilla 3
5 Chiapas (A) 17 7 7 3 24 20 +4 28
6 Monterrey (A) 17 8 3 6 23 20 +3 27
7 Pachuca (A) 17 7 4 6 20 18 +2 25 Advance to Liguilla and cannot qualify for South American competitions 1, 3
8 UNAM (A) 17 6 6 5 24 20 +4 24 Advance to Liguilla 3
9 Santos Laguna 17 5 8 4 23 24 −1 23
10 León 17 7 1 9 29 27 +2 22 Cannot qualify for South American competitions 1
11 Tijuana 17 4 9 4 21 19 +2 21
12 Querétaro 17 6 3 8 23 22 +1 21
13 Cruz Azul 17 5 6 6 16 15 +1 21 Cannot qualify for South American competitions 1
14 U. de G. 17 3 8 6 11 17 −6 17
15 Puebla 17 2 10 5 15 21 −6 16
16 Guadalajara 17 3 7 7 13 20 −7 16
17 Veracruz 17 3 6 8 8 15 −7 15
18 Morelia (Q) 17 2 4 11 16 34 −18 10 2015 Copa Libertadores First Stage 4

Updated to games played on 23 November 2014.
Source: Medio Tiempo
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Clubs cannot qualify to the 2015 Copa Libertadores due to their participation in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League competition.
2 Both teams who qualify for Copa Libertadores will also participate in the Playoffs of this competition.
3 The first 8 places in the table qualify for the Playoffs.
4 Winner of the 2014 Supercopa MX qualifies to the 2015 Copa Libertadores as Mexico 3.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Liguilla - Apertura[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                         
1 América (s) 0 1 1  
8 UNAM 1 0 1  
  1 América 3 0 3  
  6 Monterrey 0 0 0  
3 Atlas 1 0 1
6 Monterrey 0 2 2  
  1 América 0 3 3
  2 UANL 1 0 1
2 UANL (s) 1 1 2  
7 Pachuca 1 1 2  
  2 UANL (s) 0 0 0
  4 Toluca 0 0 0  
4 Toluca (s) 1 1 2
5 Chiapas 1 1 2  
  • Teams are re-seeded each round.
  • Team with more goals on aggregate after two matches advances.
  • Away goals rule is applied in the play-off round, excluding the final.
  • In the quarterfinals and semifinals, if the two teams are tied on aggregate and away goals, the higher seeded team advances.
  • In the final, if the two teams are tied after both legs, the match goes to extra-time and, if necessary, a shootout.
  • Both finalists qualify to the 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League (in Pot 3).
Apertura 2014 winners:
América
12th Title

Top goalscorers[edit]

Players are listed by goals, then last name

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Argentina Mauro Boselli León 12
Brazil Camilo Sanvezzo Querétaro
3 Colombia Dorlan Pabón Monterrey 11
4 Argentina Ariel Nahuelpan Pachuca 9
Argentina Darío Benedetto Tijuana
6 Paraguay Pablo Velázquez Toluca 8
Mexico Eduardo Herrera UNAM
Mexico Oribe Peralta América

Source: Medio Tiempo

Top assists[edit]

Rank Player Club Assists
1 Colombia Carlos Quintero Santos Laguna 8
2 Mexico Elías Hernández León 6
Mexico Lucas Lobos Toluca
4 Colombia Franco Arizala Chiapas 5
Ecuador Michael Arroyo América
Argentina Daniel Ludueña UNAM
Argentina Rubens Sambueza América
8 Venezuela Juan Arango Club Tijuana 4
Argentina Emiliano Armenteros Chiapas
Argentina Darío Benedetto Tijuana
Colombia Dorlan Pabón Monterrey
Mexico Oribe Peralta América

Source: ESPN FC

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Mexico Raúl Jiménez América Puebla 4–0 August 2, 2014
Colombia Dorlan Pabón Monterrey Cruz Azul 3–1 August 16, 2014
Argentina Matías Alustiza Pachuca Atlas 3–1 August 23, 2014
Mexico Miguel Layún* América Santos Laguna 4–1 September 27, 2014

* Scored 4 goals

Torneo Clausura[edit]

The Clausura 2015 is the second championship of the season. The regular phase of the tournament began on January 9, and ended on May 10. América were the defending champions, having won the Apertura tournament for a record 12th title, but they were eliminated in the Liguilla quarterfinals.

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 UANL (Q) 17 9 2 6 23 15 +8 29 Advance to Liguilla 1
2 América (Q) 17 8 5 4 21 18 +3 29
3 Veracruz (Q) 17 7 7 3 28 18 +10 28
4 Atlas (Q) 17 8 4 5 20 21 −1 28
5 Guadalajara (Q) 17 7 5 5 20 16 +4 26
6 Querétaro (Q) 17 8 2 7 25 23 +2 26
7 Pachuca (Q) 17 7 4 6 25 21 +4 25
8 Santos Laguna (Q) 17 7 4 6 24 21 +3 25
9 Cruz Azul 17 7 4 6 14 14 0 25
10 Toluca 17 6 6 5 20 18 +2 24
11 Tijuana 17 7 3 7 30 30 0 24
12 Monterrey 17 7 3 7 24 27 −3 24
13 UNAM 17 6 4 7 22 27 −5 22
14 Puebla 17 5 5 7 21 20 +1 20
15 Chiapas 17 5 5 7 21 30 −9 20
16 U. de G. (R) 17 5 3 9 13 19 −6 18 Relegated
17 León 17 4 4 9 27 32 −5 16
18 Morelia 17 3 4 10 17 25 −8 13

Updated to games played on May 10, 2015.
Source: Medio Tiempo
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 The first 8 places in the table (excluding the last place team in the relegation table) qualify for the Liguilla.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Liguilla - Clausura[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                         
3 Veracruz 1 2 3  
6 Querétaro 2 2 4  
  6 Querétaro (s) 0 2 2  
  7 Pachuca 2 0 2  
2 América 2 3 5
7 Pachuca 3 4 7  
  6 Querétaro 0 3 3
  8 Santos Laguna 5 0 5
4 Atlas 0 1 1  
5 Guadalajara 0 4 4  
  5 Guadalajara 0 0 0
  8 Santos Laguna 0 3 3  
1 UANL 1 0 1
8 Santos Laguna 1 1 2  
  • Teams are re-seeded each round.
  • Team with more goals on aggregate after two matches advances.
  • Away goals rule is applied in the quarterfinals and semifinals, but not the final.
  • In the quarterfinals and semifinals, if the two teams are tied on aggregate and away goals, the higher seeded team advances.
  • In the final, if the two teams are tied after both legs, the match goes to extra-time and, if necessary, a shootout.
  • Both finalists qualify to the 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League (in Pot 3).
Clausura 2015 winners:
Santos Laguna
5th title

Top goalscorers[edit]

Players sorted first by goals scored, then by last name.

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Colombia Dorlan Pabón Monterrey 10
2 Argentina Matías Alustiza Puebla 9
Argentina Julio Furch Veracruz
4 Colombia Dayro Moreno Tijuana 8
5 Colombia Avilés Hurtado Chiapas 7
Brazil Rafael Sóbis UANL
Argentina Ismael Sosa UNAM
8 Venezuela Juan Arango Tijuana 6
Mexico Néstor Calderón Santos Laguna
Colombia Edwin Cardona Monterrey
Colombia Leiton Jiménez Veracruz
Ecuador Fidel Martínez U. de G.

Top assists[edit]

Rank Player Club Assists
1 Mexico Elías Hernández León 7
2 Chile Fernando Meneses Veracruz 5
Argentina Daniel Villalva Veracruz
4 Mexico Marco Fabián Guadalajara 4
Brazil Ronaldinho Querétaro
Paraguay Osvaldo Martínez América
Colombia Dorlan Pabón Monterrey
8 30 players 3

Source: ESPN FC

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Mexico Marco Fabian Guadalajara Atlas 4-1 May 17, 2015
Mexico Javier Orozco Santos Laguna Querétaro 5–0 May 28, 2015 *

* Scored 4 goals

Aggregate table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 UANL (Q) 34 17 9 8 49 33 +16 60 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage
2 América (Q) 34 17 9 8 49 36 +13 60
3 Atlas 34 17 8 9 42 41 +1 59
4 Toluca 34 14 11 9 45 37 +8 53
5 Monterrey 34 15 6 13 47 47 0 51
6 Pachuca 34 14 8 12 45 39 +6 50
7 Santos Laguna (Q) 34 12 12 10 47 45 +2 48 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage
8 Chiapas 34 12 12 10 45 50 −5 48
9 Querétaro (Q) 34 14 5 15 48 45 +3 47 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage
10 Cruz Azul 34 12 10 12 30 29 +1 46
11 UNAM 34 12 10 12 46 47 −1 46
12 Tijuana 34 11 12 11 51 49 +2 45
13 Veracruz 34 10 13 11 36 33 +3 43
14 Guadalajara 34 10 12 12 33 36 −3 42
15 León 34 11 5 18 56 59 −3 38
16 Puebla 34 7 15 12 36 41 −5 36
17 U. de G. 34 8 11 15 24 35 −11 35 Relegated
18 Morelia 34 5 8 21 33 59 −26 23

Updated to games played on May 10, 2015.
Source: Medio Tiempo
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Relegation[edit]

Pos
Team '12 A
Pts
'13 C
Pts
'13 A
Pts
'14 C
Pts
'14 A
Pts
'15 C
Pts
Total
Pts
Total
Pld
Avg
Relegation
1 América 31 32 37 25 31 29 185 102 1.8137
2 Cruz Azul 26 29 29 36 21 25 166 102 1.6275
3 Toluca 34 18 27 32 29 24 164 102 1.6078
4 UANL 21 35 25 21 31 29 162 102 1.5882
5 Santos Laguna 23 29 33 25 23 25 158 102 1.5490
6 Tijuana 34 21 21 24 21 24 145 102 1.4216
7 Monterrey 23 23 20 23 27 24 140 102 1.3725[A]
8 León 33 16 30 23 22 16 140 102 1.3725[A]
9 Atlas 12 32 12 21 31 28 136 102 1.3333
10 UNAM 23 29 11 25 24 22 134 102 1.3137
11 Querétaro 22 17 26 21 21 26 133 102 1.3039
12 Pachuca 21 20 17 24 25 25 132 102 1.2941
13 Morelia 27 30 27 21 10 13 128 102 1.2549
14 Chiapas 15 16 25 23 28 20 127 102 1.2451
15 Veracruz 0 0 20 16 15 28 79 68 1.1618
16 Guadalajara 23 16 12 21 16 26 114 102 1.1176
17 Puebla 13 19 19 18 16 20 105 102 1.0294[A]
18 U. de G. 0 0 0 0 17 18 35 34 1.0294[A] Relegated

Last update: May 10, 2015[10]

  Relegation to Ascenso MX.
  1. ^ First tie-breaker is goal difference during 2014–15 Liga MX season.

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