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Liga MX Femenil had a record-breaking Clausura start

Clausura 2023 has begun, and the Liga MX Femenil season has already seen a few records set in just its first week of play.

Liga MX Femenil has finally returned. The first weekend brought us a Clásico, 29 goals scored, and a personal milestone of 100 goals. 

Tigres makes a case for the bicampeonato 

The Amazonas went full speed in their first game since winning the Apertura. It only took six minutes to open the scoring when Mia Fishel picked up where she left off last season. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Américan striker were to win the Golden Boot again. With her level of play, it’s surprising she hasn’t been called up by Vlatko Andonovski to play for the United States. Hopefully that changes soon. 

Fishel wasn’t done and scored one more goal while teammates Jaqueline “Maga” Ovalle scored once and Uchenna Kanu scored a hat-trick. If you’re counting at home, that’s a 6-0 opening victory against Atlas. Tigres made sure to make a statement in their first game that they are serious about repeating as champions. Good luck to everyone else. 

A Clásico Joven treat

Fans were already given the treat of a Clásico between Cruz Azul and Club América in just the first week of the season. In what should have been an easy game for América turned out to be a slog. The biggest issue Las Águilas had last season was finishing their chances, and it seems like that might be the theme again for this season. 

Despite playing better than Cruz Azul on Saturday, they simply could not put the game away. Cruz Azul’s goalkeeper Gabriela Machuca put on a big performance that helped them keep the game level, ending the match on a 1-1 draw. América should have won the game, but their inability to finish their chances cost them points, and in a short season that could make all the difference.  

Las Bravas reign supreme…for now

Juárez is one of four teams who have never made a Liguilla appearance, but this season might be the one where they break through. Last season they brought along head coach Milagros Martinez, and she was a breath of fresh air for a team who had been stuck in the gutter for years. 

Las Bravas had a great offseason with some major signings and it’s already showing eye-popping results. Their first match ended in a 7-0 routing of Mazatlán, who is historically one of the worst teams in the league, but not so bad that they usually fall this deep to Las Bravas. It’s obvious there is something special in this team, and they might end up making history this season even if they don’t retain their current lead in the standings. 

Licha Cervantes reaches 100

Chivas opened the season at home against Pumas and did so in great fashion. Last season they bowed out in the semis and didn’t look like their usual self in the playoffs, but this game erased that. Chivas defeated Pumas 5-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Alicia ‘Licha’ Cervantes, who also reached the milestone of 100 goals

Licha is only the third player to do so in Liga MX Femenil history, with Desiree Monsivais and Katty Martinez as the two players who reached it before her. Pumas scored a consolation goal at the end in what was a night to forget for the Mexico-City based team, as the night belonged to Cervantes and Chivas.