This Sunday, Stockton Ballpark will host its second Primera Division Soccer match of the year, as Monarchas Morelia and C.F. Pachuca take the pitch.
Heading into the matchup on October 11, the Monarcas have played 12 games with five wins, two draws, and five losses; Pachuca has played 11 games with four wins, two draws, and five losses.
Pachucas and Monarchs are both highly ranked teams with a history of success in their individual clubs. Pachuca is one of the most successful clubs in Mexico, winning five championships, four CONCACAF Championship Cups, and winning the 2007 SuperLiga. The Monaracs have had great success within the league and has had many of its players called up to play for the Mexican National Team.
Both the Monarcas and Pachuca play in the Liga MX league, which is the top level of the Mexican Futbol League system. C.F. Pachuca was founded in 1901 and the team is located in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. Monarcas Morelia was founded in 1924 and is located in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.
Coming into the match C.F. Pachuca’s center forward, Ariel Nahuelpan, is leading the team in goals with seven in only 11 games. Right wing Hirving Lozano and center back Aquivaldo Mosquera are tied with two goals each. Monarcas Morelia is coming into the match without one standout goal scorer but with three consistent goal scorers. Center forward Pablo Velazquez has three goals, center midfielder Juan Pablo Rodriquez has two goals, and center midfielder Cristian Pellerano also has two goals.
Pachuca has four players currently playing on the Mexican National Team: Rodolfo Gilbert Pizarro Thomas (defender), Víctor Alfonso Guzmán Guzmán (defender), Eric Gabriel Gutiérrez Galaviz (midfielder), and Hirving Rodrigo Lozano Bahena (forward). Monarcas currently have one player on the Mexican National Team, defender Erick Germain Aguirre Tafolla.