Club Leon, one of just two teams with all six points from the first two weeks of the Liga MX season, visits the Estadio Azul on Saturday in a clash of undefeateds.
Cruz Azul trounced Chivas 3-1 with a second-half surge in the Estadio Chivas and returns home seeking another win in the recently started Pedro Caixinha era.
Leon is coming off victories against Atlas and Toluca but is yet to face a test as stiff as Saturday's appears.
|Game||Cruz Azul vs Leon|
|Date||Saturday, January 20|
|Time||6 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, Pena|
|Forwards||Cauteruccio, Fierro, Mena, Mendez, Zuniga|
Both Walter Montoya, who signed from Sevilla this winter, and Carlos "Gullit" Pena made their Cruz Azul debuts against Chivas, though Caixinha noted that neither was fit enough to go a full 90 last weekend. That may be the case yet again, with Pena coming on for Montoya after around an hour.
Edgar Mendez will be serving the third game of a six-match suspension for spitting at a player during Cruz Azul's Liguilla series against Club America. Francisco Silva was substituted from Saturday's contest with Chivas after taking a knock and now is reportedly headed to Colo-Colo.
Potential starting XI: Corona; Dominguez, Velasquez, Roco, Aldrete; Baca, Pena; Fierro, Montoya, Rodriguez; Mora
|Defenders||Burdisso, Piris, Navarro, Torres, Herrera, Cornejo, Rodriguez, Mosquera, Gonzalez|
|Midfielders||Burbano, Hernandez, Montes, Andrade, Mejia, Cecchini, Lainez, Cerato, Rodriguez|
|Forwards||Ramos, Boselli, Gonzalez, Barnes|
It would be a surprise to see manager Gustavo Diaz make big changes from the side that topped Toluca 3-1 last time out.
The club announced Landon Donovan's addition last week but he is not yet registered to play. Giles Barnes now is registered, but the Jamaica international is working his way into the team.
Potential starting XI: Yarbrough; Navarro, Mosquera, Gonzalez, Cornejo; Mejia, Rodriguez; Hernandez, Montes, Andrade, Boselli
Two of Liga MX's remaining undefeated teams meet at the Estadio Azul on Saturday.
Both Cruz Azul and Leon are coming off of 3-1 victories last weekend. Cruz Azul conceded but rallied to thump Chivas for the first victory of the Pedro Caixinha era. Leon scored first and topped Toluca 3-1 in its home debut.
Leon is one of just two teams that has won both matches thus far this season while Cruz Azul is looking to delight its home fans by improving on a drab scoreless draw with Club Tijuana in its first home match of the year.
Stopping Leon's dangerous attack will be key. Forward Mauro Boselli scored 11 league goals and won a share of the Golden Boot title in the Apertura.
Every member of the front four of Boselli, Andres Andrade, Luis Montes and Elias Hernandez has scored once this season.
Cruz Azul got two goals from Felipe Mora, one from the penalty spot, and also saw midfielder Rafa Baca score a stunning long-range goal that earned goal of the week honors.
La Maquina may feel fortunate, though, with the penalty call going in their favor and a potential penalty against not being called.
Cruz Azul will hope to be more solid on the right side of defense where Carlos Cisneros was able to penetrate and find scoring opportunities, including Chivas' opener. That could lead Caixinha to opt for a different solution at right back where he had plugged in center back Julio "Cata" Dominguez. Gerardo Flores and Jose Maduena, both natural right backs, are battling with fitness concerns.
Leon drew just twice last tournament, fewer than any team in the league, so expect a result one way or another.