via press release:
‘DEPORTES TELEMUNDO ON mun2’ PRESENTS LEÓN-TOLUCA IN THE LIGUILLA SEMIFINAL THURSDAY, MAY 8 LIVE AT 9PM E/8C/6P
Mexican soccer’s reigning champ faces the #2 team in regular season play
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – May 7, 2014 - Deportes Telemundo, home of Club León, and mun2, the leading Hispanic entertainment cable network, presents the away match of the Liguilla semifinal in the Liga MX 2014 Closing Tournament with a vibrant encounter between León and Toluca, this Thursday, May 8 at 9PM EST/8PM CST/6PM PST live on mun2. The professional and experienced Deportes Telemundo sportscasting team, featuring Andrés Cantor, Sammy Sadovnik and Carlos Hermosillo, brings its expert commentary to a match that pits the current champ against the second best team in regular season play. León is out to repeat last season’s stellar performance to win the championship for the second year in a row. Every second of this eagerly awaited event will be aired live on mun2, deportestelemundo.com, the m.telemundo.com mobile page, and in high definition on the “Deportes Telemundo” mobile app.
Toluca won its tenth and last title on May 23, 2010, when it beat Club Santos Laguna in penalty kicks after a memorable save by Alfredo Talavera. The team comes to the semifinals after eliminating the Xolos de Tijuana 3-1. Toluca held the #2 spot repeatedly in regular season play and was the team with the best goal difference in the tournament.
Club León takes the field fresh off of eliminating tournament leader and favorite Cruz Azul, a feat it accomplished with two ties (1-1 in León, Guanajuato and 2-2 at Mexico City’s Estadio Azul). The tiebreaker was the number of goals scored by the away team.
The two clubs last met on the field on the 15th day of the tournament, Sunday, April 13, when Toluca won a hotly contested match 2-1 at Estadio Nemesio Díez in Mexico City. They have never played each other in short Liguilla tournaments, but they did feature in one of the most memorable tournaments in Mexican soccer back in the 1974-75 season, when the Liguilla system consisted of a series of reciprocal home and away games between four teams. The team with the most points won, with no final match like the ones played today. The game that determined the championship that year featured none other than Toluca and León. Toluca took home the title after Estupiñán scored a single goal in minute 51 of the game. Ironically, the winning lineup also featured Uruguay’s Roberto Matosas, father of current Léon coach Gustavo Matosas.
About Deportes Telemundo:
Deportes Telemundo, Telemundo Media’s sports division, is one of the United States’ leading providers of Spanish-language sports content. In addition to being “the home of the Olympic Games in Spanish in the United States,” Deportes Telemundo presents Mexican national team games in the World Cup eliminations; all Club León home games in the Liga MX; and the leading boxing program in Spanish, “Boxeo Telemundo.” It also has the TV and online rights in the US Spanish-language market to the FIFA World Cup, the world’s top soccer tournament, on all platforms (except radio) from 2015 to 2022.
In addition to top sporting events, Deportes Telemundo produces two leading sports and entertainment programs: “Titulares y más” and “Titulares Telemundo,” which present analysis of the latest sports news along with entertainment and lifestyle segments. The award-winning Deportes Telemundo team of sportscasters is led by the world-famous Andrés Cantor, with Jessi Losada, Sammy Sadovnik, Carlos Hermosillo, Leti Coo, Edgar López, Karim Mendiburu, Mirella Grisales, Ana Jurka, René Giraldo and Kaziro Aoyama.