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Yotun leads Cruz Azul to inaugural Leagues Cup in Las Vegas

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A neutral venue didn’t stop the Leagues Cup Final from rocking on Wednesday evening, as 20,132 fans filed into Sam Boyd Stadium to see Cruz Azul outlast Tigres in the showpiece of the competition.

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The tournament, staged as a match-up between MLS and Liga MX, saw Mexican entrants as three of its four semifinalists. MLS teams largely chose second choice sides and focused on league play rather than taking a chance to make history.

It was a former MLS player who made the difference in the match. Ex-Orlando City striker Yoshimar Yotun scored a penalty in the 73rd minute before assisting Jonathan Rodriguez with a slick through ball two minutes later.

Next season will see the Leagues Cup move to 16 teams, with the eight MLS entrants the best-finishing teams who fail to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.

Menez experiment ends at Club America

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After one and a half seasons at Mexican giant Club America, the Jeremy Menez experiment has come to an expected conclusion.

Both Club America and Menez on his social media account confirmed the announce, mutually agreeing to terminate the Frenchman’s contract. In a post on his Instagram account in both Spanish and French, Menez didn’t seem to hold any hard feeling over the way his situation worked out, thanking the fans, the clubs and his teammates in Mexico City.

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It’s unclear whether Menez will remain in Mexico, the Americas, or return to Europe, though the timing of his move allows him to move to a European club just before the transfer deadline.

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Anuncio mi salida del club después de 2 temporadas muy gratificantes para mí. Quería agradecer a los fanáticos por la increíble bienvenida que me dieron. Me gustaría agradecer al club por su dedicación y habilidades y a todos mis compañeros con los que jugué. Nunca te olvidaré Vamos America somos aguillas 🦅🦅🦅🦅 ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Je vous annonce mon départ du club après 2 saisons très enrichissantes pour moi. Je tenais à remercier les supporters de l’accueil incroyable que vous m avez fait. Je te tiens à remercier les gens du club pour leur dévouement et leurs compétences ainsi que tous mes partenaires avec lesquels j ai joué. Je vous oublierai jamais. Vamos America somos aguillas 🦅🦅🦅🦅❤️❤️❤️❤️ #mnz

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Menez arrived at Club America with much fanfare in January 2018, with Club America hoping he could be a carbon copy of fellow Frenchman Andre-Pierre Gignac at Tigres. Gignac has gone on to lead Tigres to four Liga MX titles and three Campeones Cup trophies, along with becoming Tigres’ all-time leading scorer.

Menez, on the other hand, had a decent start at America in the 2018 Clausura tournament, but was completely out of the picture last season. He had multiple injuries and operations on his left leg, and manager Miguel “El Piojo” Herrera had some veiled criticism for Menez, stating that Menez wasn’t training hard enough when healthy and wasn’t bringing the right attitude to training.

After playing just 3 times over the course of last season for the first team, Menez had surprisingly been re-incorporated, both for America’s preseason friendly matches in the U.S. as well as their Leagues Cup participation.

However, since coming off the bench in the 2019 Apertura opener on July 21, Menez has been with the reserves and it seemed he had no chance of winning over Herrera moving forward.

It still remains to be seen whether European stars towards the end of their prime can succeed coming to Mexico like they can coming to MLS. Vincent Janssen, who is still just 25-years-old, moved to Monterrey in late July and is finally seeing the pitch off the bench. Janssen scored his first league goal last Saturday in Monterrey’s 2-1 defeat to Santos Laguna.

Veracruz’s winless run extends to 33 games

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MEXICO CITY (AP) Move over Derby County, the worst streak for games without a win now belongs to a Mexican team.

Veracruz lost 5-0 to Queretaro on Tuesday night in the seventh round of the Apertura tournament to extend its winless run to 33 games, breaking the tie with the English club, which set the previous mark in the 2007-08 season.

Ake Loba scored in the 36th and 45th minute, while Marcel Ruiz, Paolo Yrizar and Alonso Escoboza added goals in the 18th and 62nd and 85th, respectively, for the Gallos Blancos, who reached 16 points and are at the top of the standings in Mexico.

Veracruz, which got its last win against Tijuana in the seventh round of the Apertura 2018, has one point and is at the bottom of the standings among 19 teams. During the winless streak, Veracruz is 0-25-8.

The Tiburones Rojos’ rough stretch began Aug. 25, 2018. Since then five managers have coached the team that avoided relegation after paying a $6 million dollar fine, a rule in Mexico stablished two years ago.

Juvenal Olmos, Hugo Chavez, Robert Dante Siboldi, Rene Isidoro Garcia preceded Enrique Meza as the man in charge. Meza, a 77 year-old veteran has won four league titles and was Mexico*s manager, but he has not been able to make the team better.

Meza has five losses and a tie so far this season.

Derby County, which was relegated after the 2007-08 season and has not returned to the Premier League, finished its winless run at 0-25-7.

Leagues Cup: Beasley’s beauty not enough v. Club America (video)

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DaMarcus Beasley’s rocket goal in the 85th minute forced penalty kicks, but Giovani Dos Santos scored the decisive seventh effort to send Club America past the Houston Dynamo in the Leagues Cup quarterfinals.

Nicolas Benedetti scored for Club America.

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Agustín Marchesín stopped Romell Quioto’s opening penalty kick, and Club America took the lead when Nicolas Castillo rolled in its first attempt. Houston made its next four shots, but Roger Martinez of the visitors blazed his effort over the bar to force extra kicks.

Sam Junqua was unsuccessful with Houston’s seventh try, and old foe Dos Santos won it for Club America, who will face the winner of Real Salt Lake and UANL Tigres in the semifinal, while LA Galaxy is set to meet Cruz Azul in the other.

The semifinals are Aug. 20 and the final is Sept. 18 in Las Vegas.

Janssen leaves Spurs for Liga MX in $8M deal

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Vincent Janssen‘s less-than-ideal tenure with Tottenham Hotspur has come to its end, and he’s moving his way to this side of the Atlantic.

Liga MX side Monterrey has agreed to buy Janssen, Spurs announced Tuesday. The deal is for a reported $8 million.

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The Dutchman turned 25 this summer. He played just 42 times for Spurs after arriving from AZ Alkmaar for around $25 million in 2016, scoring six times, but did manage five goals and four assists in a half-year loan to Fenerbahce in 2017-18.

Janssen saw his time with the Netherlands national team peter out during his tenure at Spurs. After a red-hot start, he has not been capped since 2017. Janssen has seven goals in 17 caps.

His time at Spurs cannot be labeled as anything but a gigantic bust, but Janssen is still pretty young and has a chance to recapture his career momentum.

And he looks pretty happy about it.