Liga MX's return continues on Saturday with a matchup between Cruz Azul and Tijuana in the Estadio Azul.
Both clubs enter the 2018 Clausura with new coaches in charge, as they look to get back on track after poor showings last season.
Xolos found a full-time replacement for Eduardo Coudet with Diego Cocca, while Cruz Azul brought in former Santos Laguna manager Pedro Caixinha after parting ways with Paco Jemez.
|Game||Cruz Azul vs Tijuana|
|Date||Saturday, January 6|
|Time||6:00 p.m. ET|
|Stream (US only)||fuboTV (7-day free trial)|
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SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Position||Cruz Azul players|
|Defenders||Roco, Dominguez, Velazquez, Flores, Aldreta, Maduena, J. Silva|
|Midfielders||F. Silva, Salas, Montoya, Rodriguez, Cota, Baca|
|Forwards||Cauteruccio, Fierro, Mena, Mendez, Zuniga|
Edgar Mendez is suspended six weeks for spitting at America player in the playoffs.
Potential starting XI: Corona; Aldrete, Velazquez, Dominguez, Maduena, Baca, Silva, Mena, Mora, Rodriguez, Fierro
|Defenders||Valenzuela, Aguilar, Perez, Aguirregaray, Donatti, Orozco, Munoz, Corona|
|Midfielders||Guido, Gonsalvez, Malcorra, Mendoza, Musto, Chavez, Kalinsky, Pisano|
|Forwards||Iturbe, Bou, Bolanos, Lucero, Goncalves|
Gustavo Bou is questionable for the match.
Potential starting XI: Lajud, Nunez, Valenzuela, Aguilar, Perez, Guido, Goncalvez, Malcorra, Iturbe, Bou, Bolanos
Cruz Azul and Tijuana are entering the season with new managers.
Former Santos Laguna manager Pedro Caixinha was hired by Cruz Azul in December after the club and Spanish coach Paco Jemez mutually parted ways. Club Tijuana went from one Argentine coach to another, hiring Diego Cocca to fill its head coaching vacancy left by the departure of Eduardo Coudet.
Cruz Azul recently snapped a six-tournament postseason drought with a Liguilla appearance but failed to score against crosstown rival Club America in either leg of the quarterfinals and was eliminated because of America's better regular-season finish.
Xolos missed out on the postseason altogether. After acquiring a handful of players during the summer window - including forward duo Gustavo Bou and Miler Bolanos - the club yielded just 17 goals during the 2017 Apertura - the fourth fewest in the league.
It's safe to say both new managers will have their work cut out for them this season, and a win on opening day will get them headed in the right direction.