- Liga MX kicked off its 2020 Apertura season July 24.
- The 2020 Apertura season is officially being called Torneo Guardianes 2020 to honor healthcare workers in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
- Cruz Azul beat Guadalajara in the preseason Copa por Mexico tournament finals, and given their league-leading performance in the interrupted 2020 Clausura, look like favorites.
- Two matches into the season, and only America and Pumas have won its first two matches.
- Liga MX is covered by a range of networks, including Telemundo, which recently picked up the home broadcast rights for Chivas.
- In 2020, FS1 will carry select matches with English-language broadcasts.
- If you prefer Liga MX en Español, you’ll want to access TUDN, Univision, ESPN Deportes, and Fox Deportes.
Best Liga MX matches this week
|Tigres UANL vs. |
|Tuesday, August 11, 10pm ET|
|Juarez vs. |
|Wednesday, August 12, 8pm ET|
|Club America vs. |
|Thursday, August 13, 10pm ET|
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 Standings
(following August 9 matches)
|14||Atletico San Luis||2||-1|
Stream Liga MX live: How to watch Liga MX matches
You need a scorecard to figure out which services air which matches. We provide that scorecard below.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream live TV, as it comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand content. You’ll be able to choose from movies, shows, and Hulu’s original programming, and keep up with what’s new each month. Hulu plans even include a bundle option where you can access Disney+ and ESPN+ along with Hulu.
Hulu Live TV sets you up with local channels and has a broad spectrum of entertainment and sports channels to review, including the full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, HGTV, and even deep cuts like National Geographic and Syfy.
Hulu Live TV will deliver you FS1 for English-language matches and Telemundo for Guadalajara home matches.
|Hulu Live TV||$54.99|
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FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it’s evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 181 FuboTV channels. If you’re looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo’s most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel coming on board in 2020, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.
Fubo is a soccer lover’s playland, and you’ll get a lot of Liga MX there. The Standard tier gets you FS1 and TUDN, plus Telemundo in some local markets, with Fox Deportes available with a sports add-on. ESPN Deportes is now online as part of August’s migration of Disney Media channels to Fubo.
If you’re looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package, check out Sling TV. It offers two basic cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. There’s also the third option of getting Sling Orange + Blue for just $45 per month. You’ll get more Sling TV channels by choosing Sling Blue, with its 40 channels including sports favorites like NBCSN and cable mainstays like Food Network and Discovery Channel. But Sling Orange brings must-haves Disney Channel and ESPN as part of its package.
To get FS1, Sling Blue is your pick, while Sling Orange + Best of Spanish gets you ESPN Deportes.
|Orange + Blue||$45|
The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels, sports options including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBA TV, and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.
If you’re looking for FS1 or Telemundo, know that you can stream it on YouTube TV. (If there’s not a Telemundo in your market, YouTube TV will sub in the closest one—for instance, Austin viewers get Houston’s Telemundo stream.)
AT&T TV Now
If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month.
FS1 and Telemundo are available at the baseline Plus tier, with ESPN Deportes and Fox Deportes available for Optimo Mas customers, TUDN available for Optimo Mas or Ultimate subscribers, and Univision available at anything above the Max level (starting with Optimo Mas and Entertainment).
Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package. Vidgo channels include ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), and it’s one of the few streaming services that carries BeIN Sports. But it’s like Fubo in that, even though it started out for streaming sports, it carries a lot more now. Vidgo’s Social TV platform also adds to the fun.
Core and Plus English subscribers get Fox Deportes and ESPN Deportes as well as FS1, whereas both Latino packages bring Fox Deportes and ESPN Deportes.
Which Liga MX teams should I know?
FC Juarez, created in 2015, is the latest team to join—it took over the struggling Lobos BUAP franchise and therefore adopted their place in Liga MX. It finished the Apertura in 16th place, not surprising for a first-year team.
But you’re also going to see a new name in Liga MX this year: Mazatlan FC. Like many things with Liga MX, long story, but essentially the Monarcas Morelia franchise moved to the seaside city and got a new badge and color scheme. Morelia got Club Atlético Morelia, a new second-division team, as a consolation prize.
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
- Tigres UANL
- UNAM (Pumas)
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
- Apertura 2019: Monterrey
- Clausura 2020: Season canceled (Cruz Azul led league prior to stoppage of play)
Here’s the complete list of champions going back to 1943.
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