Guadalajara revels in Liga MX Clausura title

Guadalajara players, coaches and staff (pictured) celebrate after winning the Liga MX Clausura title on May 28, 2017, in Zapopan, Mexico. (Photo: Gema Lugo/Straffon Images)

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Guadalajara became Mexican champion for the 12th time on Sunday, earning a 2-1 win over holder Tigres in the second leg of the 2017 Liga MX Clausura final to capture the series 4-3 on aggregate.

Alan Pulido (17’) – a former Tigres standout -- and Jose Juan Vazquez (70’) gave the host a 2-0 lead, before Ismael Sosa (88’) struck for UANL with two minutes remaining in normal time to make things interesting.

Here are some post-game quotes from key Chivas figures:

Head coach Matias Almeyda: “I have great happiness. I feel complete, thankful, delighted to be part of this wonderful celebration. I thank the millions that supported us.”

Forward Alan Pulido on his goal: “I didn’t think about it. I shot just how it came and it was a wonder goal. We try to help the team to obtain these results. I want to thank Matias [Almeyda], a one of a kind coach, motivational. I thank him for bringing me here.”

Midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro: “I’m happy about fulfilling a dream. It is a unique moment. I couldn’t have imagined it. It is one of the happiest moments of my life.”

Defender Edwin Hernandez: “I don’t have words to describe this moment. We became champions with a lot of effort. We deserve this championship, also for the fans that were with us every moment.”

Midfielder Orbelin Pineda: “It is a unique emotion. It is part of my job, of my future. You have to enjoy it to the fullest. One must thank Matias Almeyda and the team. More than a great team bond there is a brotherhood.”

2017 Liga MX Clausura Facts

Regular Season

- Finished third in the regular-season standings with a 7W-6D-4L (21GA, 18GA) record
- 5-2-1 (12GF, 6GA) home record
- 2-4-3 (9GF, 12GA) away record
- Posted no wins in last 5 regular-season games (0-3-2)
- Top Scorer: Alan Pulido (5 goals in 17 games)


- Went 2-3-1 (7GF, 6 GA) in 6 playoff matches
- Quarterfinals v Atlas: 0-1 away loss, 1-0 home win (advanced by virtue of superior regular-season record)
- Semifinals v Toluca: 1-1 away draw, 1-1 home draw (advanced by virtue of superior regular-season record)
- Final v Tigres: 2-2 away draw, 2-1 home (won title, 4-3 on aggregate)
- Top Scorer: Rodolfo Pizarro, Alan Pulido (2 goals each)