Liga MX’s 2022 Clausura event is now formally over. All packed right into a handful of months, it was one other thrilling run that noticed Pachuca high the common season desk however fall simply in need of a championship after shedding to title-holders and No. 3 seed Atlas within the playoff remaining. Atlas, with one other trophy in hand, are actually solely the third membership with back-to-back titles in Liga MX’s brief season format.
With the event now executed and dusted — and the beginning of the subsequent season only one month away — we now have an opportunity to look again and mirror on the highlights that stood out from Mexico’s high flight. With that thoughts, listed here are our awards for the 2022 Clausura.
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Greatest shock: Membership America
As soon as useless final within the Liga MX desk after Week 9, Membership America have been instantly revived underneath interim supervisor Fernando Ortiz, who stepped in for former coach Santiago Solari. Now not cautious in possession or a defensive mess, Las Aguilas powered by the top of the common season with six wins and one draw that positioned them at fourth within the desk.
The undefeated streak continued by the quarterfinal spherical of the playoffs after defeating Puebla 4-3 on combination, and though Ortiz and his gamers finally stumbled out within the semis in opposition to Pachuca, Membership America had already cemented their standing because the comeback story of the season.
Unsurprisingly, the Mexico Metropolis facet introduced final week that the Argentine coach would proceed to stay in cost for the upcoming 2022 Apertura event.
Greatest letdown: Ricardo Ferretti
With 5 Liga MX titles underneath his belt by his time teaching Tigres, it was truthful to anticipate supervisor Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti to make some waves with FC Juarez. Even if their roster was considerably extra modest compared to Tigres’, Tuca ought to have not less than made his staff a playoff contender.
After ending in sixteenth place final season, FC Juarez dropped even additional right down to final place within the 2022 Clausura with simply three wins in 17 matches. Briefly: They have been dismal to look at. Missing creativity, alternatives within the remaining third and conviction, Tuca and his males scored simply 10 instances all season.
Lower than a 12 months after taking the job, each the supervisor and the membership parted methods final month. As for FC Juarez, they have been left with a nice of 80 million pesos ($4 million) for ending final within the coefficient desk.
League MVP: Camilo Vargas
It must be the Atlas goalkeeper Camilo Vargas, who led his facet to lifting the trophy. Though some might make the argument for Tigres’ Andre-Pierre Gignac — who completed because the league-leading scorer with 14 to his identify by the playoffs — Vargas was excellent in internet and essentially the most vital consider his membership’s run in direction of the Clausura title.
No matter the truth that the Colombian lately turned 33, his shot-stopping and reflexes appear to be getting higher with every look. For an Atlas facet that will sometimes have points with scoring, Vargas constantly stepped up with superhero-like moments that secured important factors and outcomes.
Trying ahead, he’ll doubtless proceed so as to add to his spotlight reel with Atlas after extending his contract to 2026.
Finest supervisor: Guillermo Almada
After supervisor Guillermo Almada took cost late final 12 months, Pachuca rapidly grew to become essentially the most dominant staff in Liga MX. They do not have the roster starpower of a Tigres or Monterrey, or the large recognition of a Chivas or Membership America, however Los Tuzos punched above their weight in a Liga MX common season that had them ending on the high of the desk.
In an attack-minded and dynamic 4-2-3-1 formation, Almeda and his males completed with not solely the joint-best goalscoring tally in Liga MX, but in addition with the joint-best protection within the common season. They got here simply in need of successful the title, however that will not take something away from the staff that had an outlined id and gameplan week in and week out.
“When he arrived, the model of play was very clear. His rules have been very clear,” stated Pachuca midfielder Victor Guzman about Almada forward of the ultimate.
Finest U23 participant: Kevin Alvarez
Kevin Alvarez is a well-rounded playmaker, a intelligent dribbler and important tackler multi function. Since establishing himself as Pachuca’s beginning right-back in late 2020/early 2021, the younger Mexican has develop into a useful member of the roster that completed first within the desk.
This season, the 23-year-old added extra tempo and vitality to his recreation, making him a headache for opposing defenders that usually misplaced monitor of him as he launched harmful crosses or passes ahead after sprinting by.
On the nationwide staff degree, Mexico supervisor Gerardo “Tata” Martino has taken discover and supplied him along with his first-ever begin for El Tri throughout a pleasant in April. Relying on how issues go, a spot in Qatar for the World Cup would not be a shock.
Finest XI of the 2022 Clausura
Goalkeeper: Camilo Vargas (Atlas)
Proper-back: Kevin Alvarez (Pachuca)
Central defenders: Israel Reyes (Puebla), Arturo Ortiz (Pumas)
Left-back: Luis Reyes (Atlas)
Central midfielder: Luis Chavez (Pachuca)
Attacking midfielders: Diego Valdes (Membership America), Victor Guzman (Pachuca)
Proper winger: Luis Quiñones (Tigres)
Left winger: Julian Quiñones (Atlas)
Striker: Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres)
Bench: Rodolfo Cota (Leon), Alan Mozo (Pumas), Jorge Sanchez (Membership America), Pablo Aguilar (Cruz Azul), Daniel Aceves (Pachuca), Aldo Rocha (Atlas), Fernando Beltran (Chivas), Maximiliano Araujo (Puebla), Leonardo Fernandez (Toluca), Aviles Hurtado (Pachuca), Nicolas Ibañez (Pachuca), German Berterame (San Luis)