Clasico Nacional leads rescheduled Liga MX round

first_imgLiga MX Liga MX Talking Points: Clasico Nacional leads rescheduled Round 10 Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 01:29 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Oribe Peralta Silvio Romero Club America Pedro Pardo Liga MX América Tigres UANL v Veracruz Pumas v León Atlas v Morelia Santos Laguna v Necaxa Pachuca v Toluca Puebla v Monterrey América v Guadalajara Lobos BUAP León Guadalajara Santos Laguna Cruz Azul Puebla Pachuca Veracruz Tijuana Morelia Necaxa Monterrey Querétaro Tigres UANL Pumas Atlas Toluca Lobos BUAP v Tijuana Querétaro v Cruz Azul The league’s best rivalry headlines the midweek matches, while one coach is using an unconventional substitution policy. Goal previews Jornada 10 We’re back already. Just a day after reviewing Jornada 13, it’s time to preview the 10th round of Liga MX action. The matches were rescheduled after the tragic earthquake in Puebla killed hundreds in central Mexico.It was the right call, no doubt, especially with venues like the Estadio Azteca set to be in use. Emergency workers were needed elsewhere and the stadiums needed to be inspected for structural damage. Many clubs are donating their gate revenue to groups helping those affected by the quakes, including America which already had committed to do so for victims of the Oaxaca/Chiapas quake that hit earlier.It’s another example of the soccer community coming together for the common good. The round should also produce some interesting matches. Let’s take a look:  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Match of the Midweek … America vs. ChivasMiguel Herrera Club AmericaThis game may not actually be all that great, but come on! It’s the Clasico Nacional! The “Clasico of Clasicos” language always seems overwrought, especially this time around with Club America rolling along in second place and Chivas preparing for an early winter break instead of the Liguilla.Is there hope Chivas could play spoiler though? Sure. For one, this match is at the Estadio Azteca. Las Aguilas are 2-1-1 at home, while Chivas have only been able to win away from Guadalajara with a 1-2-2 record on the road. Matias Almeyda’s squad is looking to win back a bit of respect from fans and will be hungry for a victory.”A Clasico always is special, whether it be in the league, cup, Liguilla, with one team doing well and the other poorly, it’s a different game. You’re playing for more things besides the points. That’s how we have to focus ourselves, thinking about winning and knowing it will be a good game against a good opponent and we have to rally,” Chivas center back Oswaldo Alanis said Monday. “Clasicos are played to the death. We’re giving it the importance it deserves, thinking about closing out the tournament well and getting as many points as possible. It’s football, there are 90 minutes, the results depend on a lot of things. We know they’re good, but we also have the ability to top them. We’re going to give everything.”Alanis and the defense particularly will need to put in a solid shift. America has scored nine goals in its last five matches and looked fearsome Saturday in a win against Cruz Azul. It will be difficult to stop them from doing the same in front of what should be an excited crowd in the capital Wednesday night. It’s a big weekend for … TolucaErnesto Vega TolucaThe Red Devils have been flying under the radar, and were even more stealth than usual last week with their 3-1 win over Lobos BUAP played Wednesday, a full two days before anyone started paying attention to the league again after the international break. Toluca sits fourth with an impressive six wins and just two defeats so far this season. This week Hernan Cristante’s men head to Pachuca, where Tuzos are struggling but are difficult to beat at home. They follow that up with a trip to face Tigres, in what looks like an even bigger test of Toluca’s credentials.”We’re working a lot on the tactics,” said defender Maximiliano Perg, perhaps not giving too much away considering Cristante’s reputation. “In the matches, there are always mistakes, but Hernan knows what those errors were. We’re working on it on the field, and we’re focused on getting better.”This week will be critical to Toluca’s season, and it must get off to a good start with a strong result Wednesday.Keep an eye on … Tigres’ benchAndre-Pierre Gignac TigresSaturday marked the third straight match Tigres coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti spurned the opportunity to make a single modification to his side during the match. Rather than bring on any sort of substitute, Ferretti let his starting XI play the full 90 minutes. It’s not the first time this year he’s done so, and he may have been looking toward the busy upcoming schedule and planning to make his changes between games rather than during the contest. Still, it’s an unconventional tactic, especially after his side fell behind late against Leon.”When you put out a starting XI you put it out there not to change anything. You can change it, but you don’t have to. I didn’t see the need. If there is a need, I’ll make a change,” Ferretti said after the loss to Leon.Tigres will hope there again are no substitutes needed when they host 12th-place Veracruz on Tuesday. Veracruz sits toward the bottom of the table and should be easy enough for Tigres to overcome. While Ferretti dismissed the idea that his players being active during the international break had any affect on Saturday’s defeat, the result snapped a long undefeated run for his team. They’ll be eager to get home and get a victory to again generate positive momentum.Quote of the midweekJesus Isijara Necaxa“There are 15 intense days coming. We could clinch qualification (to the Liguilla) or fall out of the top eight. We want to qualify as soon as possible.” – Jesus Isijara, Necaxa midfielderIt’s hard to get a handle on Necaxa. The Rayos’ defense seems to be top-class, but Isijara and the attack have failed to produce many goals. Only two teams have scored fewer goals than Necaxa, and they’re sitting next-to last and last. Necaxa sits in the eighth and final playoff spot, and the team knows its fate rests in improving the attack. The first test is a Wednesday trip north to face Santos Laguna.last_img read more

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New Session of Parliament Began Yesterday

first_img The 2019/20 session of Parliament got under way today (February 14), with the traditional pomp and pageantry. It was highlighted by the delivery of the Throne Speech by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen. Story Highlights Prev 1of3 Next The 2019/20 session of Parliament got under way yesterday (February 14), with the traditional pomp and pageantry.It was highlighted by the delivery of the Throne Speech by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen.His address outlined the priority programmes and policies to be pursued by the Government in the new fiscal year, which begins on April 1. It was delivered under the theme ‘In Partnership towards the New Prosperous Jamaica’.On his arrival, the Governor-General inspected the Guard of Honour mounted by members of the Jamaica Defence Force, after which he entered the chambers of the House, accompanied by the Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, and Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Rocky Meade.In attendance were invited guests, including Permanent Secretaries from the various Ministries, and members of the diplomatic corps.Members of the Senate were the first to take their seats inside Gordon House, followed by the President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson.The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Pearnel Charles Sr., then entered the chambers, followed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips; and Members of Parliament.center_img Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, delivers the 2019/20 Throne Speech under the theme ‘In Partnership towards the New Prosperous Jamaica’, at the Ceremonial Opening of Parliament, on February 14.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, delivers the 2019/20 Throne Speech under the theme ‘In Partnership towards the New Prosperous Jamaica’, at the Ceremonial Opening of Parliament, on February 14. For this fiscal year, the Government will continue on its multidimensional path of increasing the safety and security of Jamaicans. In furtherance of this, the Government has allocated significant capital expenditure for National Security and Defence.In addition, new legislation and/or amendments to existing legislation, will be undertaken. Among these include the Police Act, which will provide for the modernisation and transformation of the Jamaica Constabulary Force; and the National Security Council Act, which will introduce legislation to provide for the establishment in law of the National Security Council.Also, the Government will undertake a comprehensive multi-agency national survey of squatter settlements, to accurately ascertain the extent of squatting in the country.A new Social Housing Programme (SHP) is to be unveiled, which will see the provision of indigent housing, relocation of vulnerable communities and the upgrading of tenements or ‘Big Yards’.The National Housing Trust (NHT), will also be increasing its thrust to make home ownership a reality for more Jamaicans in 2019/20 and beyond.Focus will also be placed on completing all the major infrastructure legacy projects under way in Kingston, St. Catherine and Westmoreland.In addition, the Administration will be embarking on major roadworks in the eastern section of the country to include St. Thomas and Portland as well as to continue the major activities linking Clarendon to Manchester via the east-west toll road.Later in the afternoon, the Lower House had its first official sitting for the new fiscal year, where the proposed Budget for 2019/2020 was tabled by the Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke. His address outlined the priority programmes and policies to be pursued by the Government in the new fiscal year, which begins on April 1. It was delivered under the theme ‘In Partnership towards the New Prosperous Jamaica’.last_img read more

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