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Mexicans abroad: Hector Herrera wins Europeo of the Week after red-hot form at Porto

Herrera, right, was exceptional in both games this week as Porto advanced in the Portuguese Cup and remained top of the league.

More than ever before, some of the top names in Mexican soccer are playing for clubs abroad. With several key figures playing week in and week out in a number of top European leagues, keeping track of all the high-profile stars can at times be daunting.

In order to help keep tabs on those across the Atlantic, we've created a weekly award that will be given to the most outstanding player. Along with a few honorable mentions --- and a "dishonorable mention" prize --- here are the noteworthy performances...

Chivas deserve to be top of Liga MX. PLUS: Juan Pablo Vigon stars for Atlas

Chivas Guadalajara
There's a clear unity evolving at Chivas under the guidance of Jose Cardozo.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Chivas fans, pinch yourselves, your team is clear at the top of Liga MX.

If that might sound slightly patronizing, cast your minds back just one month to Chivas losing on penalties to Esperance de Tunis to finish dead last in sixth of the Club World Cup. The proud all-Mexican club not only embarrassed itself, but also Liga MX and CONCACAF. Now fast forward to Sunday and Chivas defeating Toluca 1-0 in Estadio Akron to move two points clear at the top of the league after three...

Edson Alvarez, Jonathan Gonzalez lead list of Mexican youngsters who could be next to head to Europe

Edson Alvarez already has a World Cup and a league championship under his belt at 21.
Edson Alvarez already has a World Cup and league championship under his belt at 21.

MEXICO CITY -- Their careers have just started, yet they have already made a notable impression. We are talking about the unique Mexican youngsters who could soon follow in the footsteps of Diego Lainez, who at just 18 years old recently moved to Real Betis.

Some of these players are already on the radar of clubs overseas, but they remain in Mexico for the time being. That said, here are 10 players who could soon be set to take the step up and measure themselves in the world's top leagues, following...

Atlas' Messi-based Instagram joke backfires as rival fans roast the long-suffering Mexican club

Lionel Messi followed Atlas on Twitter on Thursday but don't expect to see Messi in Liga MX anytime soon.
Lionel Messi followed Atlas on Twitter on Thursday but don't expect to see Messi in Liga MX anytime soon.

Long-suffering fans of Liga MX club Atlas have not seen their team win a first-division title since 1951, but the Guadalajara institution achieved something on Thursday that no other Mexican club can boast: Lionel Messi followed them on Instagram.

And they made the most of being one of the 219 accounts that Messi follows.

Los Rojinegros posted an Instagram story "welcoming" Messi to the "red-and-black" family, before adding another explaining that he wasn't actually joining the struggling club,...

Surprises Chivas, Lobos BUAP look to remain unbeaten; winless Cruz Azul seek first win

After a couple of poor campaigns, Chivas have somewhat surprisingly started the 2018-19 Clausura very brightly.

It's almost time for Week 3 of the 2019 Clausura! Before Liga MX futbol returns with another weekend of highly anticipated matches, here are three things to watch out for:

The three 'perfect' teams at the top of the league table

It's far too early in the season to begin making serious conclusions. In a competition that is well-known for surprise results and constant upsets by smaller clubs, positions in the league table can change dramatically with little to no warning. All that said, three...

Liga MX Power Rankings: America, Chivas stay top; Tigres dip after loss to Cruz Azul

After recent struggles, are Alan Pulido and his surging Chivas squad a legitimate contender for the Clausura 2019 title?

MEXICO CITY --  It's time to officially retire the #TenYearChallenge. What better way to make it passé than by shoehorning into a Power Rankings column?

This week, we'll take a look at how Liga MX clubs were doing in 2009 as opposed to today. Confused by the format? Here is an explanation of how the updated version works. These are the Power Rankings for Week 3 of the Liga MX Clausura 2019:

Previous rankings:  | Week 2

1. CLUB AMERICA (Week 3 result: 3-0 win...