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Mazatlán could only win one game in all of 2023
The Liga MX Femenil closes 2023 in the midst of a scandal after accusations from players, former players and coaches of Necaxa towards the strategist, Jorge Gómez, for sexual harassment and abuse of power, a situation that the club assured that it would investigate internally, which which has overshadowed the sports plan of an important year for some projects, such as Pachuca, Juárez and especially América.
América and Tigres shared the championships of the Mexican tournament, which in the first half set a new attendance record in Mexico, when Ame attracted 58,156 fans for the final against Pachuca.
América, the new second force of the Liga MX Femenil
Until a few months ago, the Liga MX Femenil had Tigres and Rayadas as the main forces, however in 2023 América ousted Monterrey and put Tigres on the back foot. Throughout the year, Ame lost only five regular season games and recorded 79 points on the year, three less than Tigres and two more than Monterrey.
They also played the two finals of the year. They won the first decisively over Pachuca, at the Azteca Stadium, while in the second they lost 3-0 against Tigres.
The Eagles invested heavily in 2023 in practically all of their lines. They brought back Sarah Luebbert and signed the French Kheria Hamraouiwho was the bomb of 2023, but they also took Miah Zuazua (former from Juárez) and the ‘Joyita’ Aylin Aviléz (former from Rayadas) and do not rule out that by 2024 it will continue to invest heavily until it consolidates itself as the leading force in the Liga MX Femenil.
Pachuca and Juárez, teams that ask for a place
The Liga MX Femenil is a league of four teams, at least as far as titles are concerned, since all the championships have been distributed between Tigres, Monterrey, América and Chivas, They are the teams that have taken the tournament most seriously.
However, 2023 left us a pleasant surprise with Pachuca, who for a couple of tournaments has invested in building a solid team, after the signings of Charlyn Corral, Jennifer Hermoso and Marta Cox. The prize for the Tuzas was to reach the final of the Clausura 2023, although they later suffered in the Apertura 2023 with the losses of their World Cup players.
The other surprise was Juárez, who have been working on a good project and were protagonists of Clausura 2023 to such a degree that they were leaders, however, as the tournament progressed they lost strength and were easy prey in the league. For the Apertura 2023 it was dismantled and lost both its best Mexican player, Miah Zuazua, and the leader of the project, strategist Milagros Martínez, but be careful that in Juárez they are serious about the women’s team for 2024.
New promises in goal
Throughout 2023 we saw three goalkeepers debut who left pleasant feelings both for the way they defend their goal, but mainly for being minors, so they have a long way to go.
The first of them is Mariángela Medina, who at the age of 17 replaced Ceci Santiago in two games and in both he left the goal at zero. He also debuted At 17 years old Mariana Amezcua, in the arch of Puebla, after the suspension of Karla Morales. In his two games he left León to zero, but received two against Atlético de San Luis.
Natalia Acuña is not a minor, she is 21 years oldbut she left good impressions in the three games she replaced Renata Masciarelli and kept a clean sheet against Cruz Azul, received one against Toluca and two against Monterrey, but in the case of the three debutant goalkeepers, none of them lost games.
Is the Liga MX Femenil made for 18 teams?
We have four teams that generally play semifinals each tournament (Tigres, Monterrey, América and Chivas), three teams that evolve and develop well (Pachuca, Juárez and Tijuana), but there are other clubs that do not show interest in the Liga MX Femenil and that they do not compete at all.
We are talking about Mazatlán, Santos and Necaxawho barely score points in the tournament. Mazatlán only won one game in 2023 and tied in three games to close the year with six points. Necaxa was second to last and second to last in the tournaments, and got 14 points.
Santos achieved 17 points in the first half and was later dismantled and could only make five points in the 2023 Apertura. The La Laguna club was left without head or tail.
Is the Liga MX Femenil a model league?
Although there are positive aspects in the Liga MX Femenil, such as the debuts, the way in which the big teams invest and little by little clubs join this interest in competing, There are other aspects that leave a lot to be desired, such as sexual harassment and abuse of power that was revealed by Process within Necaxa, where the ownership of the players is conditional on attending parties in the department of the coach, Jorge Gómez.
At the end of the Apertura 2023 tournament, the Liga MX Femenil opposed a bill that would force teams to offer a living wage to female soccer players. The league argued that imposing a minimum salary would jeopardize the continuity of the Liga MX Femenil, where There are many cases in which less than five thousand pesos per month is paid.
Another aspect that was revealed is that Necaxa did not have uniforms for the players. Each footballer has only one shirt and one short and when a sponsor withdrew, instead of opting for new shirts, patches were simply placed to cover the sponsor.
These are just a few aspects that call into question the fact of placing our women’s tournament as a model league.
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