While the emotion and quality of the Liga MX final was a fine advert for the Mexican game, the lurking issue of franchise changes that don’t leave such a sweet taste was left on the back burner.
Finally, on Tuesday evening, it was confirmed that San Luis will play from next season in Chiapas at the Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna and newly-promoted La Piedad will be moved to Veracruz.
It was announced last week that Queretaro’s ownership would be buying out Jaguares de Chiapas.
The new teams will be known as Queretaro Futbol Club, Chiapas Futbol Club and Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz.
The bottom line is that Veracruz replaces La Piedad as the promoted side, with all the other Liga MX locations remaining the same.
In the Ascenso MX – Mexico’s second division – Zacatepec 1948 takes the place of Irapuato, Delfines del Carmen has replaced Neza FC and the Atletico San Luis bought out the old Veracruz.
Alebrijes de Oaxaca is also involved after winning promotion one year ago and improving its stadium in the meantime to meet league standards.
Finally, on Saturday, Murcielagos and Ballenas del Galeana finish their playoff series to find out which will get promoted this season to the second division, although league authorities will have the final say as to whether the winner’s stadium meets the required standards to take its place in the Ascenso MX.
The changes in the leagues have sparked controversy in the Mexican press, especially relegated Queretaro being able to buy its way back into the first division and La Piedad losing its team completely after winning promotion to the Liga MX.