San Luis, branch of the Atlético de Madrid, will receive Juárez FC on July 23 at the beginning ofthe Guardians 2020 tournament of Mexican soccer, which changed its name to honor the doctors who prevented deaths from COVID-19.
The Mx League confirmed this Sunday the name change of what should have been the Apertura 2020, which will have numerous changes, including the celebration of matches every day except Tuesday and Wednesday and a different classification format to the league.
On the first day, Necaxa-Tigres UANL and Mazatlán-Puebla will play on Friday 24; Guadalajara-León, Tijuana-Atlas and Cruz Azul-Santos Laguna, on Saturday 25; Pumas UNAM-Querétaro and Monterrey-Toluca, on Sunday 26 and Pachuca-América, on Monday 27.
The classic of the championship, between Chivas de Guadalajara and América, will be on September 19. America, the league’s most winning team, will face Cruz Azul on 27 and the Pumas UNAM on October 3 in the team’s most anticipated duels.
Other encounters surrounded by expectations will be that of the champion Monterrey against the Tigres UANL, the so-called Royal Classic, on September 26, while Guadalajara will host the Atlas on October 17, in the ‘derby’ of Guadalajara.
The Guardians 2020 will be played on 17 dates by the system all against all. The four best-ranked teams will enter the league table of the best eight, whose other four places will be disputed by the occupants of the seats from the fifth to the twelfth.
The Mexican championship will begin behind closed doors to avoid COVID-19 infections and will have a couple of double dates, on the fourth day, from August 11 to 13, and the ninth, on September 8 and 9.
The best eight phase will be played from November 25 to 29, the semifinals, the first week of December, and the final in the second, but if any of the finalists is the team that will play the Club World Cup, the decision of the championship will be reviewed for the last week of the year.
One of the novelties of the new season of Mexican soccer is that there will be no relegation, although the three worst placed teams in the classification will pay fines to stay in the First Division.