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If you’re hankering for club soccer, and you can’t bear to wait for the Premier League, La Liga, and Bundesliga to start up, Liga MX is here for you. Arguably the best club soccer league in the Western Hemisphere, Mexico’s top-flight league has cohesive teams, talented players, and robust finances—the teams sport a near NASCAR-level of jersey sponsors. And with its expansion to 19 teams this year, they’ve moved up their calendar to start matches in July, including Friday’s pairing of matches at 8 and 10 pm ET.
Here’s what you need to know in order to live stream Liga MX.
What is Liga MX?
The Liga MX name was created for the 2012-13 season but is merely a rebrand of the top-flight Mexican league that started in 1943. Eighteen teams compete each season in a calendar comparable to European club teams, but split each season into two halves: the Apertura (opening), which goes from mid-July to mid-December, and the Clausura, which goes from January to May. Each half-season lasts 19 weeks (with each team getting one bye week) and is then followed by a liguilla, a playoff involving the top eight teams from each half-season.
Liga MX live stream: Watch Liga MX matches
FuboTV is where you want to go for Liga MX. It carries Univision and TUDN (the new name for the expanded Univision Deportes, merged with Televisa), and provides a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch Liga MX matches for free. (FS1 and FS2 has also picked up select matches for the 2019-20 season, Fox Deportes carries select liguilla matches, but TUDN is where the bulk of the action will take place.)
- Cost: $44.99 for the first month, $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with TUDN, 10 beIN SPORTS channels, NBCSN, FS1, and FS2 all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)
Which Liga MX teams should I know?
Let’s start with the newest team to Liga MX: FC Juarez, created in 2015, took over the struggling Lobos BUAP franchise and therefore adopted their place in Liga MX. Veracruz, which performed poorly enough to be relegated, paid a hefty 120 million peso fee and was allowed to remain in the top-flight league, expanding it from 18 to 19 and necessitating the institution of a bye week for each team to allow 18 teams to play each week. (Shrug emoji.)
Liga MX has some great rivalries going. El Super Clásico, the biggest ongoing rivalry in Mexican football, involves Mexico City-based Club América—nicknamed the Aguilas (Eagles), and CD Guadalajara, nicknamed Chivas (Goats). The two original members of Mexico’s top league have long histories of success that continue today: America won this season’s Apertura Liguilla and made the Clausura tournament, while Chivas won the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League featuring the top club teams in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean (including MLS teams). The teams also have rivalries closer to home: America shares a stadium (the legendary Azteca) and a keen rivalry with Cruz Azul, while Chivas have a crosstown competition with Atlas called El Clásico Tapatio.
Another prime rivalry involves two Monterrey teams: CF Monterrey and UANL Tigres. Called El Clásico Regio, it’s an intense competition that has produced champions of late; the teams faced off in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League finals, won by Monterrey.
Other clubs with significant followings include Club Tijuana, a relatively new but successful franchise better known by their Xolos nickname); Pachuca, which launched in 1901 (making it one of the oldest club teams in the hemisphere); and Santos Laguna, a Torreon-based club that won the 2018 Clausura.
Liga MX teams:
- Atletico San Luis
- Cruz Azul
- Santos Laguna
- UANL Tigres
Liga MX top scorers
Andre-Pierre Gignac: Gignac, who won the Apertura scoring title with 14 goals, is an anomaly in Liga MX as a French player, but he’s embraced life in Mexico and is part of a contingent of international stars (including Chile’s Eduardo Vargas and Ecuador’s Enner Valencia) who have made Tigres one of Mexico’s best teams.
Angel Mena: A major contributor to Léon’s success last, Mena, who won the Clausura scoring title with 14 goals, is an Ecuadorian winger who spent most of his career with his hometown club, Emelec, before moving to Liga MX as a Cruz Azul player.
Liga MX Champions
Here’s a list of recent Apertura and Clausura champions, showing the competitive nature of the liguillas. While there’s not MLS-level parity in Liga MX, there aren’t a fixed number of teams that have a grip on the title, either.
- Apertura 2012: Tijuana
- Clausura 2013: América
- Apertura 2013: León
- Clausura 2014: León
- Apertura 2014: América
- Clausura 2015: Santos Laguna
- Apertura 2015: UANL Tigres
- Clausura 2016: Pachuca
- Apertura 2016: UANL Tigres
- Clausura 2017: Guadalajara
- Apertura 2017: UANL Tigres
- Clausura 2018: Santos Laguna
- Apertura 2018: América
- Clausura 2019: UANL Tigres
Here’s the complete list of champions going back to 1943.
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Phil West is a sports reporter and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in MLSSoccer.com, Pro Soccer USA, Texas Highways, and Howler. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.