Liga MX Clausura Week 2 U.S. TV schedule and previews

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Liga MX Week 2 U.S. television schedule
All times Eastern

Friday
Queretaro v. Pumas
8:30 p.m.
ESPN Deportes, Azteca America

Queretaro will be content with the early Friday slot if it can continue the form it showed in a 1-0 season-opening victory against Morelia. Pumas too will be encouraged by its opening result. Thought the team blew a two-goal lead, it showed a lot more teeth than it did last tournament when it finished in last place.

Tijuana v. America
10:30 p.m.
ESPN Deportes, Azteca America

El Turco returns to Estadio Caliente in the biggest matchup of the weekend. Current America manager Antonio Mohamed is a club legend after taking Tijuana to an Apertura title and a Copa Libertadores quarterfinal. He has Las Aguilas off to a flying start after a 3-0 win against Tigres. New Xolos manager Cesar Farias didn't have as auspicious of a start with his new club, getting a scoreless draw against Atlas.

Saturday
Cruz Azul v. Santos
6 p.m.
Univision

Both of these clubs finished in the top four of the Apertura but weren't able to dazzle in the opening weekend of the Clausura, Santos drawing with Chivas and Cruz Azul playing to a scoreless draw in Monterrey. Now each will look to make a strong statement when they square off at Estadio Azul.

Veracruz v. Atlante
6 p.m.
Univision Deportes

This is another match that pits two clubs that drew last week and will hope to find all three points. Veracruz got a goal from Jehu Chiapas in its opening match but more goalscoring will be required if it's going to challenge for the Liguilla, and if it's going to improve at home where it managed only three points last tournament. Both teams could use a victory to get a jump on staving off relegation.

Tigres v. Pachuca
8 p.m.
Univision Deportes

It was an abysmal debut for Tigres, being dismantled by Club America, 3-0. Manager Tuca Ferretti complained about officiating, but he'll also be aware his club wasn't up to the test. It faces fellow first-week loser Pachuca, which dropped a 1-0 result to visiting Toluca.

Leon v. Atlas
9:06 p.m.
Telemundo

The defending champions were let off the hook by Atlante, with their host missing two penalties in a 1-1 draw. Atlas held Tijuana scoreless in an ugly draw. A point on the road would be a huge boost for the club, which is looking to turn things around.

Sunday
Puebla v. Monterrey
1 p.m.
ESPN Deportes, Azteca America

DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla came back from two goals down to clinch a draw late last weekend against Pumas, while los Rayados enter after a scoreless draw with Cruz Azul. Obviously, Puebla will need to be better across the full 90 minutes instead of simply turning it on during the final 10. For Monterrey, discontent could begin to sink in if it fails to get a point on the road with the opening match doing little to wipe away the memories of disappointing Apertura and Club World Cup runs.

Toluca v. Morelia
1 p.m.
Univision

Morelia enters this match after a disappointing loss against Queretaro that saw its vaunted attack kept scoreless. Jefferson Montero and Duvier Riascos will have a challenge with Toluca hot off a week one victory against Pachuca. The Red Devils looked sharp, but Monarcas should provide a steeper challenge.

Chivas v. Chiapas
6 p.m.
UniMas

Chivas' draw against Santos was an auspicious start for the storied club, and it needs all the good feelings it can get after a few disastrous seasons. Chiapas too will be encouraged by its opening draw. With Chivas at home for the first time, it will be looking to signal to the Guadalajara faithful that last week wasn't a fluke.

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