5 reasons to watch the Clausura 2014 Liga MX final

Pachuca and Leon will decide the champion of the Clausura 2014 tournament this weekend, after the Tuzos surprised Rafa Marquez’s squad with a 2-3 victory…

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5 reasons to watch the Clausura 2014 Liga MX final

Pachuca and Leon will decide the champion of the Clausura 2014 tournament this weekend, after the Tuzos surprised Rafa Marquez’s squad with a 2-3 victory on their home turf. Here are five reasons why you should not miss the final passage of this incredible story:

1. Rafa Marquez looking to become a legend

Mexico’s Rafael Marquez celebrates after scoring his team’s 5th goal during a 2014 World Cup playoff first round match against New Zealand in Mexico City, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Mr. Comeback himself is plotting the best one yet. After returning to Mexico when everyone thought his career was over and winning on tournament with Leon and reach this final, Rafa Marquez wants to help turn the initial scoreboard around at Pachuca’s stadium, and in doing so enlarging his legend as the best player in Mexico’s history when it comes to continuously reinvent himself.

2. Yarbrough wants to set the record straight

Leon’s players were not pleased with the result of the first Final match, and the most concerned player was the superstar goalkeeper, William Yarbrough. The American goalkeeper has only received three goals in one match twice this season, and both times this has happened against Pachuca. Yarbrough now wants to set the record straight by having a phenomenal match, and prove he is still one of the top goalies in Mexico.

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3. Valencia to the rescue; again?

Enner Valencia of Pachuca is a main player in the Liga MX final.

Pachuca’s Enner Valencia, celebrates after scoring against Leon during a Mexican soccer league match in Leon, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

When the current champion got ahead on the scoreboard in the first match of the final, everything seemed lost for Tuzos. But that’s precisely when Enner Valencia stepped up as the savior for Pachuca, and scored two wonderful goals to turn things around.

Back in Hidalgo state, Pachuca will trust the Ecuadorian to be its guiding light upfront, as Enrique Meza will no doubt set up a much more defensive team that will have just Valencia in the front.

4. “Ojitos” Meza could lift another trophy

It’s been six year since one of the most beloved and respected coaches in Mexico, Enrique “Ojitos” Meza has lifted a trophy as a coach. The man who lead the best Toluca of all time in the late 90s, and that made Pachuca one of the best teams in the region in the mid-2000s, has seen a drought of six long years, and is now only 90 minutes away from breaking that bad streak.

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This is the reason why Pachuca brought him back last year, and Meza could now be proving that was the best decision the team could have made.

5. Leon doesn’t believe history repeats itself

Leon is looking for another Liga MX title.

Leon’s Mauro Boselli, top right, heads for the ball with, Rafael Marquez, center bottom, Ignacio Gonzalez, top center, and Pachuca’s Hugo Rodriguez, left and Daniel Arreola right bottom, during a Mexican soccer league match in Leon, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

America won the title two seasons ago and then lost in the next final to Leon just 6 months ago, and many said it was because la Fiera wanted it more.

Well, it seems Leon now seats in the same position as their rivals last season, and they are the ones being criticized for not wanting it as much as Pachuca.

Leon, its manager and its players, do not believe that history has to repeat itself, and so they are hoping to take the chance to turn the final around in the return match, in order to clinch their second championship in a row.

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