Liga MX Matches Postponed After Earthquake Outside Mexico City
Mexico's Clasico Nacional and all other Liga MX matches this weekend have been postponed "after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked the capital and surrounding states on Tuesday," according to Tom Marshall of ESPN.com. Liga MX came to the decision on Wednesday, announcing that now is "time to help" the earthquake rescue effort. The statement indicated the league "consulted with municipal, state and federal government agencies regarding the decision." Games scheduled for this weekend will be played on Oct. 17 and 18. The Copa MX round of 16 games missed earlier this week will take place on Oct. 24 and 25. Club América was due to host Mexico's "most-hyped club rivalry" in Estadio Azteca on Saturday, with over 70,000 fans expected. The club said that it did not want to "divert security and police away from the clean-up operation," and added that its players and coaching staff -- including Manager Miguel Herrera -- will all be "volunteering in helping the region rebuild." The money generated from ticket sales "when the game is eventually played will all be donated to the reconstruction effort." Many Mexican clubs "used their stadiums and facilities as collection points for vital material to send to the affected" (ESPN.com, 9/20).