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Morelia v. Queretaro
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The first match of the Clausura pits two teams that made the Apertura playoffs but had a first-round exit. Monarcas was one of the most fun teams to watch during the previous tournament with a dynamic attack it only bolstered during the offseason, with forward Duvier Riascos brought in to join Jefferson Montero and Hector Mancilla. It also looked to strengthen at the back with defenders Felipe Baloy and Hector Reynosa and defensive midfielder Arevalo Rios.
Santos v. Chivas
These two teams went in very different directions last tournament with Santos placing second and Chivas just off the foot of the table. As ever, the Guadalajara side has attempted to retool with a (kind of) new coach in Jose Luis Real, who previously managed the club, and players such as Omar Bravo, Israel Castro and Gerardo Rodriguez. A result on the road to start the campaign would be a massive signal that Chivas could turn it around, but it certainly won't come easily.
Club America v. Tigres
America narrowly missed out on consecutive titles and will have to deal with signifficant change to get to the final again. With Miguel Herrera off to coach the Mexican national team, former Tijuana manager Antonio "Turco" Mohamed takes over. The team is largely the same one that beat Tigres in the first round of the playoffs, with Andres Rios set to replace Narcisco Mina. Tigres will hope to improve on an Apertura in which it made the postseason by the narrowest of margins.
Monterrey v. Cruz Azul
Both of these storied clubs have had to suffer bitter disappointments in recent seasons, with Monterrey missing the postseason of the Apertura and losing early in the Club World Cup and Cruz Azul unable to advance in the playoffs after its gut-wrenching loss in the 2013 Clausura final. Cruz Azul should get a boost from ex-Chivas playmaker Marco Fabian and a trio of young MLS players it brought in during the winter. Los Rayados hope Brazilian defender Victor Ramos and Colombian midfielder Wilson Morelo boost them back into the conversation.
Pachuca v. Toluca
This rhyming opener is hosted by Pachuca, and the Tuzos will be looking to get on the board, something they did fewer times than any club besides Pumas in the Apertura. Three forwards joined during the offseason, with Ecuadorian Alex Colon and Colombian John Pajoy the new men shouldering the attacking burden. Toluca has had excellent squads during the past few tournaments but hasn't been able to break through with a championship. It'll look to start off strong Saturday.
Atlas v. Tijuana
It's a battle of new managers as Xolos and ex-Venezuela boss Cesar Farias head to Guadalajara to take on Atlas and veteran manager Tomas Boy. The latter didn't get all the business done he was hoping for but still brought in Maikon Leite from Brazil to fill the vacancy left by Omar Bravo's departure across town. Tijuana lost Pablo Aguilar to Club America but Farias brought in defender Hernan Pellerano, who joins brother Cristian, and forward Jaime Ayovi. Both teams will be eager to start their new eras right.
Chiapas v. Veracruz
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Veracruz provides a lesson early in the season. It looked like the surprise team last tournament after a strong start to the campaign but fell off and eventually missed the postseason. Two forwards joined the club as Panamanian striker Luis Tejada heads to South America. Chipas hosts this encounter after a relatively quiet offseason.
Pumas v. Puebla
Pumas had a disasterous campaign in the Apertura, with its last-place finish marking the worst tournament in its history. Two former players, Leandro Augusto and Dante Lopez, return and Daniel Luduena was also brought in as the club seeks to turn things around. Puebla was in the playoff hunt until the final weekend, and Americans Michael Orozco and DaMarcus Beasley will try to help the club get over the hump and make the postseason.
Atlante v. Leon
The final match of the week is a study in contrasts with Apertura champion Leon visiting Atlante, a team likely facing relegation this year. Leon looks like a side poised to make a run in Copa Libertadores while Atlante brought in a number of players on loan as it tries to stay in the first division. American defender Jonathan Bornstein and Paraguayan midfielder Cristian Sosa are among the reinforcements.