PREVIEW: CLUB TIJUANA - TOLUCA
It's going to be one Hell of a matchup as Club Tijuana and the Three Amigos take on the Red Devils of Toluca in the first leg of the Liga MX final.
While traditional Mexican clubs like Cruz Azul have gone 15 years without winning a championship, Club Tijuana can do so after rising to the Liga MX for the first time in team history, just over a year ago. Toluca, on the other hand, is chasing their 11th championship, which would tie them with Chivas for the most all-time.
Although Toluca gets to play the second leg at Estadio Nemesio Díez after taking first place over Club Tijuana on goal differential, they are not the outright favorite to win the championship. The Xoloitzcuintles defeated Toluca, 1-0, in their only matchup this season, which was played at raucous Estadio Caliente.
Meanwhile, the Three Amigos-Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Greg Garza-have all made significant contributions to the Xolos throughout the season, although, Corona (who is a forward), has yet to score a goal.
With both teams reporting healthy rosters and with no suspensions on either side, the final two games of the Apertura 2012 playoffs should be a slugfest with neither team the apparent favorite.