Sorteo Determina los Emparejamientos para los Octavos de Final de la Liga Concacaf Scotiabank

May 24, 2018
Sorteo Determina los Emparejamientos para los Octavos de Final de la Liga Concacaf Scotiabank
La segunda edición del campeonato de clubes comenzará la última semana de julio

Miami (miércoles, 23 de mayo de 2018) – La Confederación de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (Concacaf) realizó hoy el sorteo oficial de la Liga Concacaf Scotiabank 2018, en el Pullman Hotel en Miami, Florida.

La Liga Concacaf Scotiabank 2018, será la segunda edición en presentar el nuevo formato de eliminación directa, el cual estará lleno de acción. El formato de ida y vuelta demandará el más alto nivel de rendimiento por parte de los clubes participantes desde el comienzo, lo que resultará en una competencia que se desarrollará rápidamente con los octavos de final y los cuartos de final programados a jugarse en julio y agosto, seguidos por las semifinales en septiembre y las finales en octubre y noviembre.

El sorteo del miércoles, el cual sorteo a los dieciséis clubes clasificados en ocho emparejamientos para la primera ronda del torneo, comenzó con unas palabras de bienvenida de Rodolfo Villalobos, Vicepresidente del Consejo de Concacaf y Presidente de la Federación Costarricense de Fútbol. El sorteo fue realizado por el Jefe de Fútbol de Concacaf, Manolo Zubiria, con la asistencia de las ex estrellas del fútbol de Centroamérica y el Caribe, Amado Guevara y Emmerson Boyce, utilizando cuatro bombos.

Los clubes fueron divididos en los bombos basados en el nuevo índice de clubes de Concacaf, el cual posiciona a los clubes con base en el desempeño de los clubes de cada Asociación Miembro que han ocupado las plazas respectivas en las cinco ediciones previas de las competencias de clubes de Concacaf.

Los emparejamientos para los octavos de final de la Liga Concacaf Scotiabank 2018 son los siguientes:

Emparejamiento #1: Portmore United FC (JAM) vs AD Santos de Guapiles (CRC)
Emparejamiento #2: Belmopán Bandits FC (BLZ) vs FC Motagua (HON)
Emparejamiento #3: Nicaragua 1 vs Club Franciscain (MTQ)
Emparejamiento #4: Real España (HON) vs Tauro FC (PAN)
Emparejamiento #5: Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) vs Deportivo Arabe Unido (PAN)
Emparejamiento #6: AD Municipal Pérez Zeledón (CRC) vs CD FAS (SLV)
Emparejamiento #7: Unión Deportivo Universitario (PAN) vs Nicaragua 2
Emparejamiento #8: Santa Tecla FC (SLV) vs CS Herediano (CRC)

Para los octavos de final, los clubes que fueron sorteados del bombo 1 jugarán el partido de ida como visitante, y el partido de vuelta en su estadio. Los ganadores de los emparejamientos 1, 3, 5 y 7, serán sede del partido de vuelta de los cuartos de final y enfrentarán a los ganadores de los emparejamientos 2, 4,6, y 8 respectivamente.

Para las semifinales, el cuadro inicial determinará los emparejamientos. Adicionalmente, los clubes serán organizados según su desempeño en los octavos y cuartos de final, usando el procedimiento de desempate. Los clubes mejor posicionados de cada emparejamiento de las semifinales serán sede de los partidos de vuelta. El mismo sistema se aplicará para determinar quién será sede del partido de vuelta de la final. Información detallada está disponible en el reglamento de la  Liga Concacaf Scotiabank 2018.

En total, la plataforma expandida de competencias de clubes de Concacaf -incluyendo la recién lanzada Liga Concacaf Scotiabank y la recién diseñada Liga de Campeones Concacaf Scotiabank- contará con 31 clubes de toda la Confederación.

CD Olimpia (HON) ganó el primer título de la Liga Concacaf Scotiabank 2017, venciendo a Santos de Guápiles (CRC) en la final de ida y vuelta, 4-1 en penales.

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Ancajas and Sultan Prepare for Historic Fight

May 24, 2018

Media Workout Notes & Quotes: Ancajas, Sultan Prepare for First All-Filipino World Title Bout in 93 Years

England’s Kal Yafai to defend WBA 115-pound title against David Carmona

Central Valley fan favorites Bryan Lua and Isidro Ochoa to see action on the undercard

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

FRESNO, Calif (May 23, 2018) – No matter the result, history will be made Saturday evening at the Save Mart Center, when Jerwin Ancajas defends the IBF junior bantamweight title against Jonas Sultan. It will be the first all-Filipino world title bout contested since 1925.

In the co-feature, WBA 115-pound champion Kal Yafai of Birmingham, England, will make his U.S. debut against two-time world title challenger David Carmona.

Appearing on the undercard will be a pair of 4-0 Central Valley junior lightweight prospects: Isidro Ochoa of Fresno and Bryan Lua of nearby Madera, Calif.

Many of the fighters from Saturday’s card worked out for the media Wednesday at Heartbeat Boxing.

This is what they had to say.

Jerwin Ancajas“My goal is to entertain the crowd. For my fans, the Filipino community here, I’m looking forward to this fight.”

“I’m proud that my dream has come true. All of my sacrifices paid off.”

“Sultan is hungry for a world title fight, to prove he is the best. I am confident, but not overconfident, because he’s also Filipino. We are expecting a good fight for the fans.”

“There are many great fighters in the Philippines, and I am happy that Jonas and myself can share this big stage. We are making history, and I am glad that we can fight to see who is the best.”

Jonas Sultan

“For me, I’m really proud for this fight because I am the one fighting for a championship that is history-making in the Philippines. I am very grateful that I am the one. This is my dream in life, to fight for the world championship.”

“This is very good for me because this is an important opportunity. Jerwin is a good fighter. He has speed and power. I trained hard. I have a really good plan for this fight.”

Kal Yafai

“It was the right time in my career {to make my American debut}. I had the opportunity, to not only to fight in the U.S., but fight on a Top Rank card. Top Rank is a very respected promoter, and my promoter, Eddie Hearn, thought it was the best opportunity for me. So, that’s what we did.”

“At this moment, I don’t really care about {Ancajas-Sultan} because I have a job to do myself. I’m not looking past this fight. After my fight, I’ll obviously watch the fight if I’m not too tired. I always concentrate on what I have in front of me.”

“There are plenty of great fighters at 115 pounds. Jonas Sultan is a great fighter, and he can’t be written off on Saturday night. Jerwin is a great fighter also, who I expect to win on Saturday.”

Bryan Lua

“My first three opponents, I tried to hit them with everything, and they went in survival mode for the rest of the four rounds. With my last fight (a first-round KO), I just took my time, let him in, and caught him with a left hook.”

“It’s like I’ll be fighting in my backyard. All the people that have been supporting me from Madera, Fresno, and the entire Central Valley will be there. I’m just excited to put on a show.”

“Now that I’m training with Jose Ramirez and {trainer} Robert Garcia in Riverside, it motivates me more to showcase my talent here, so one day I can be the main event or the co-main event with Jose.”

Isidro Ochoa 

“I’m really excited for this. It’s been my dream since I was little to fight in big arenas like the Save Mart Center. All of my family and friends in Fresno will be able to make it here.”

“Since Jose Ramirez turned pro, I feel like it’s opened the doors for a lot of Central Valley fighters. There is really good talent here in the Central Valley. Everyone knows Fresno as this really bad neighborhood, but deep down inside Fresno, there are a bunch of kids who want to do something with their lives. Boxing pushes people to accomplish their dreams.”

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Crypto Boxers Announces Open Call for Contenders to #GetIntheGame

May 24, 2018
Crypto Boxers Announces
Open Call for Contenders to
May 23, 2018 – Crypto Boxers, the first and only boxing game operating on blockchain technology, has announced an open call for all boxers to #GetInTheGame!  Professional contenders, of all ranks, can now apply to have their own avatar created for game inclusion and thereby receive residual income after the game’s launch.Crypto Boxers is slated to launch this summer and will feature real life boxing professionals as collectible tokens for the virtual fighting action on Ethereum, an open-source, public, blockchain-based distributed computing platform and operating system featuring smart contract functionality.
By playing Crypto Boxers, gamers engage in virtual matches with the boxer of their choice, creating an actual ‘gloves on’ in the ring experience! By offering gamers a unique opportunity to compete while exploring the new realm of digital currency via their wins and losses, Crypto Boxers will do for cryptocurrency what Madden did for the game industry. Moving beyond the PlayStation realm, the game allows the player the opportunity to not only just compete, but to also earn upon winning as the game’s virtual boxers reap digital rewards for their wins.
Boxing champion Yahu “Rock” Blackwell is spearheading the game after delaying his initial fight game release to expand the concept as a means to merge into the cryptocurrency space. Hall of Famer and legendary referee Joe “Mr. Fair But Firm” Cortez is the first celebrity announcement with his own avatar calling all the fights on the game!
“This all started as a boxing game then became an innovative cryptocurrency concept,” explains Andrew Gilliam, Blackwell’s manager and Crypto Boxer consultant. “We then sat down as a team to discuss how can we make the game a more inclusive experience for the entire boxing community. It just made sense to invite our industry’s pioneers, current contenders and newcomers to “Get in the Game” with us! By coming on board now, fighters have an opportunity to earn long term residual income by lending their personas as fight opponents for gamer selections. It becomes a win-win for all involved!”
Crypto Boxers has received an overwhelming positive response with numerous professional boxers already signed up.  Perspective participants can log on at for sign up details and information.
Crypto Boxers is currently fielding offers from multiple silent investors and will make the game available for pre-orders in the upcoming months. To stay updated on launch details and to earn early game rewards, sign up at
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May 24, 2018
Pretemporada del Club América en Estados Unidos
Los Angeles, CA – (23 de MAYO, 2018) – El Tour Águila del Club América regresa a Estados Unidos este verano para la pretemporada previo al torneo Apertura 2018. El esperado Tour arrancará en Texas el 30 de junio contra el campeón Santos Laguna en la ciudad de Dallas, para luego enfrentar al Club Pachuca en McAllen el 4 de julio. Tras visitar el estado de la estrella solitaria, el Tour continuará en California donde las Águilas se medirán el 8 de julio contra Monarcas Morelia en San José y finalizará el 11 de julio frente a los rojinegros del Atlas en Fresno.
Los aficionados podrán disfrutar de la Fiesta Futbolera, presentada por Toyota, en las inmediaciones de los estadios antes de cada partido donde se contará con música en vivo, comida, mascota del equipo, trofeos de campeonato y firma de autógrafos de una leyenda.
La venta de boletos para el Tour Águila comenzará el martes 29 de mayo a las 9 a.m. PST y estarán disponibles en, taquilla de cada estadio, lugares de costumbre y por teléfono al 1-800-668-8080. Cualquier duda relacionada con medios y para solicitar una acreditación, favor de dirigirse por medio de un correo electrónico a
El TOUR ÁGUILA es el tour oficial de partidos amistosos del Club América en los Estados Unidos donde las Águilas se miden frente a los mejores equipos de la Liga MX, MLS y ligas europeas durante su pretemporada y fechas FIFA. Estos partidos se juegan en los principales mercados hispanos de Estados Unidos.
PRIMETIME Sports trabaja con marcas multinacionales, agencias y titulares de derechos. Actualmente, PRIMETIME Sports es la agencia comercial oficial del Club Ámerica en Estados Unidos. Para mayor información, por favor visite
Toyota (NYSE:TM) ha sido parte del tejido cultural en Estados Unidos y América del Norte desde hace 60 años, y está comprometida a adelantar una movilidad sostenible de la próxima generación a través de nuestras marcas Toyota y Lexus. Durante ese tiempo, Toyota ha creado una enorme cadena de valor mientras nuestros equipos han contribuido a un diseño, una ingeniería y un ensamblaje de categoría mundial de más de 36 millones de automóviles y camionetas en América del Norte, donde operamos 14 fábricas (10 en Estados Unidos) y empleamos directamente a más de 47,000 personas (más de 37,000 en Estados Unidos). Nuestros 1,800 concesionarios norteamericanos (casi 1,500 en Estados Unidos) vendieron más de 2.7 millones de autos y camionetas (2.4 millones en Estados Unidos) en 2017, y alrededor del 87 por ciento de todos los vehículos Toyota vendidos en los últimos 15 años siguen hoy en circulación.
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May 24, 2018
(ABOVE: Lucas Matthysse works the mitts with Mario Narvaez in preparation for his fight against
 Manny Pacquiao on July 15 Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Photo Credit: Kelly Owen
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
INDIO, CALIF. (May 23, 2018): Argentine knockout artist Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) discussed his training camp routine ahead of his super fight against future Hall of Famer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round welterweight clash. The fight, which will be for Matthysse’s WBA Welterweight World Title, will take place Sunday, July 15 at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The 35-year-old champion is now entering the first stages of sparring at the Boys and Girls Club in Indio, California, with head trainers Joel and Antonio Diaz. This team of brothers oversee a training camp that includes other fighters from the exclusive Golden Boy Promotions stable, including Francisco “El Bandido” VargasDiego De La HoyaMarcelino “Nino” Lopez, Vergil Ortiz Jr., Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez and Oscar Duarte. Mario Narvaez, who is the brother of former two-division world champion Omar “El Huracan” Narvaez, also forms an important part of the Matthysse team, while Federico Wittenkamp is in charge of his strength and conditioning training. For the native of Trelew, Chubut, Argentina, this is not an ordinary training camp as his career will be defined by the result of this highly anticipated fight.
Matthysse’s training camp schedule consists of:
  • Strength and conditioning with Federico Wittenkamp at 8:00 a.m.
  • Training in the gym at 3:30 p.m.
  • Sparring sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Mitts, strategy and boxing routine on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Matthysse had the following to say regarding his break from boxing, his training camp, and his fight against Pacquiao:
“I have been training in the United States for about a month already after having trained for two months in Argentina. I still have about a month and a half left, and I’m preparing very well. We’re focused very much on this fight, and people will see the same Lucas Matthysse as always, the one who always looks for the action. It’s a fight that I like because of our similar styles and because we are of the same height.
“After my last loss against Viktor Postol, I decided to take a break of about nine months where I would do nothing but enjoy my time with my family. I would fish, ride my motorcycle, be at home or spend time with my friends. I needed the time to forget about boxing and recharge my batteries so I could start again fresh with my training.
“I’ve been a professional for several years. I’ve fought with good fighters, and I got a lot of experience in Argentina and the United States. Training with Joel Diaz now is something that’s really good for me. After having lost to Postol, I wanted to return, but I didn’t know where and how. I had known Joel Diaz for some time already, so I decided to start my career again with him in the United States.
“I expect the same Manny Pacquiao as always. He is a respectable champion, but I’m a champion as well. I’ve been fighting for a long time. I know he has a lot of experience as well. It will be a great fight, and I expect to see the same Manny Pacquiao I watched on television. Now I’m going to see him in the ring. This is something very big for me and my career.”

Pacquiao vs. Matthysse is a 12-round fight for the WBA Welterweight World Championship presented by Manny Pacquiao Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Arano Box. The fight will take place Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event will air live in the United States on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Tickets for this event will be announced shortly.
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Join UFC President Dana White at UFC 226 with EA SPORTS UFC 3 #BeTheBoss Contest

May 24, 2018

Join UFC President Dana White at UFC 226 with EA SPORTS UFC 3 #BeTheBoss Contest

Become a UFC champion as Dana White in EA SPORTS UFC 3 and Earn a Chance to Sit Octagon-side with White at UFC 226

Las Vegas – UFC® and EA SPORTS™ today announced the launch of the first-ever #BeTheBoss contest with EA SPORTS™ UFC® 3, where six prize winners will receive the ultimate UFC prize pack that includes a trip to the highly-anticipated UFC® 226: MIOCIC vs. CORMIER on Saturday, July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Contest entry begins today and concludes on Wednesday, June 6 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

To enter the contest, players must complete an official entry form by visiting the #BeTheBoss Contest Website. Contestants will then start Career Mode, selecting UFC President Dana White as their playable character and compete through their respective weight class with the goal of becoming a champion.

At the conclusion of the contest, six winners will be chosen to win an all-expenses paid trip to UFC 226 to experience UFC like never before! One of the six winners will be upgraded to stand on-stage with Dana at the UFC 226 weigh-ins, tickets to sit in Dana’s personal section during the event and a reserved seat Octagon-side with Dana for the main event superfight between UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. The grand prize winner will also receive a private tour of UFC’s global headquarters and the UFC Performance Institute, along with a chance to play EA SPORTS UFC 3 with Dana himself.

All winners will receive two tickets to UFC 226, reserved seats at the UFC 226 weigh-ins, a $500 UFC store gift card and a $1,500 Visa gift card. One winner from the UK/Ireland and five winners from USA/Canada will be announced around June 14, 2018. The estimated prize pack value is approximately $7,000 for North American winners and $8,500 for the international selection. The contest is open to legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec), United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and the United States (including the District of Columbia and excluding Florida and New York).

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May 24, 2018
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel 
Santa Monica, CA
About Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation
The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation was established in 2009 by boxing legend and six-time world champion Sugar Ray Leonard and his wife, Bernadette. The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation is committed to funding research and care for pediatric type 1 & 2 diabetes and creates awareness for both diseases. The Foundation also strives to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.
Type 1 diabetes strikes both children and adults at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Type 2 diabetes in children is on the rise, fueled largely by the obesity epidemic.
Leonard draws from his personal experience and boxing career to provide inspiration for funding research to combat the disease. For more information, visit, like and follow on twitter at @SugarRayLeonard and Facebook at
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Inoue and Shiro Title Defenses to be Broadcast in the U.S. LIVE and Exclusively on ESPN+

May 24, 2018

FRIDAY: Naoya “Monster” Inoue and Ken Shiro Title Defenses to be Broadcast in the U.S. LIVE and Exclusively on ESPN+

World championship doubleheader to begin Friday, May 25 at 7:15 a.m. ET.
(May 22, 2018) — The “Monster” will wake up American fight fans on Friday morning.

From the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, two-weight world champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue will move up in weight to face WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell, and WBC light flyweight champion Ken Shiro will make the third defense of his belt in a rematch against Ganigan Lopez. This world championship doubleheader, promoted by Ohashi Promotions and Teiken Promotions, will be broadcast live and exclusively in the United States at 7:15 a.m. ET on ESPN+ — the recently-launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment and ESPN.

Inoue (15-0, 13 KOs) has been competing at the world level since 2014 when, in his sixth professional bout, he knocked out Adrian Hernandez in the sixth round to win the WBC light flyweight title. Later that year, he moved up two weight classes and stopped longtime WBO junior bantamweight champion Omar Narvaez in the second round. After making seven defenses of that title, Inoue is moving up to fight an established champion in McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KOs), who has made six title defenses since winning the belt in May 2014.

Shiro (12-0, 6 KOs) won the WBC light flyweight over Lopez via majority decision in a closely contested bout May 20 of last year in Tokyo. Lopez (28-7, 17 KOs) fought valiantly in the championship rounds, but Shiro did just enough to earn the decision. Shiro last fought on December 30, scoring a fourth-round TKO over Gilberto Pedroza. For Lopez, this will be his first sanctioned fight since he lost the title.

ESPN+ is the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment and ESPN.ESPN+ also offers fans two exclusive, original boxing programs The Boxing Beat with Dan Rafael (Mondays, weekly) and In This Corner (twice monthly). In addition to boxing content, fans that subscribe to ESPN+ get thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks – for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year).

About ESPN+
ESPN+ is the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment  and ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. This includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, Grand Slam tennis, Top Rank boxing, PGA Tour golf, college sports, international rugby, cricket, the full library of ESPN Films (including 30 for 30) and more. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time.

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May 22, 2018


Con una emoción indescriptible, bajo el apoyo incondicional de la gran afición albiverde, los Guerreros recorrieron la Comarca Lagunera en su tradicional desfile de campeonato, pintando las calles de verde y blanco, en un día inolvidable para todo Club Santos Laguna.

Partiendo desde el Avión de Sarabia en la ciudad de Lerdo, Durango, el ambiente santista comenzó a sentirse desde el inicio del recorrido, con los aficionados alentando, haciéndose presentes con su bandera y su jersey de los Guerreros, presumiendo su sexta estrella de campeón.

Conforme avanzaba el desfile, la fanaticada santista se incrementaba, así como el apoyo y los cánticos de poder festejar este nuevo título a lado de los jugadores de Santos Laguna, quienes en todo momento celebraron a lado de su afición.

Siguiendo por las principales arterias de Gómez Palacio, Durango, hasta llegar a la Plaza de Mayor de Torreón, fue como el recorrido continuó, en un hecho inigualable y de mucho color que solo se vive en la Laguna.

La Plaza Mayor fue el punto final de este desfile, en el cual la afición abarrotó por completo la plancha de este punto céntrico, mostrando por completo la felicidad que representa el ser campeón de la Liga MX.

El Alcalde de la ciudad de Torreón, el Licenciado Jorge Zermeño Infante, le rindió unas palabras de agradecimiento a todos y cada uno de los elementos santistas, por su logro en el balompié azteca, así como por ser ejemplos para todos en la Comarca Lagunera.


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May 22, 2018


El capitán de los Guerreros, Carlos Izquierdoz, alzó su tercer trofeo como futbolista de Santos Laguna en este Torneo Clausura 2018 (Liga y Campeón de Campeones), luego de superar al conjunto de Toluca por marcador global de 3 a 2 en el Estadio Nemesio Diez.

Durante la celebración del sexto título de Liga de la escuadra santista, “Cali” compartió un poco de los momentos previos a la Gran Final de la Liga MX: “En la charla antes de salir para el estadio, Robert Dante Siboldi nos dio una maqueta que hicimos entre todos nosotros, donde venían los objetivos que planeamos, de los valores que tenemos. Increíble, donde arrancó todo aquí en Toluca, porque acá fue donde iniciamos la pretemporada, hoy nos consagramos, es algo impresionante”.

El defensor argentino resaltó el paso del equipo albiverde en esta Liguilla, dejando a equipos importantes en el camino: “Tuvimos que luchar. Iniciamos con Tigres, con uno menos, parecía que era imposible y ganamos. Luego contra América, un equipo grande, nadie nos daba nada y lo superamos con autoridad, imponiendo el futbol en el Estadio Azteca. Y contra Toluca, que había sido superlíder, que había hecho una temporada impresionante. Desde el primer día estuvimos muy unidos, se vio esa unión, sabíamos que había grandes jugadores para lograr el campeonato”.

Destacó la confianza recibida por parte de Robert Dante Siboldi y su Cuerpo Técnico a lo largo del torneo: “Robert y todo su Cuerpo Técnico, siempre confiando en el grupo, aportando y apoyando a los muchachos”.


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