Liga MX: With the Clausura 2018, how many Liga MX titles does each player on Santos Laguna have?
Santos Laguna defied the odds throughout the playoffs, taking down Club America, Tigres UANL and now Toluca in the final to obtain its sixth league title in its history. Robert Siboldi was managing in his first-ever Liga MX final and managed to obtain his first Liga MX title in his first full season as Santos Laguna’s manager. There were players on Los Guerreros’ squad that also claimed their first Liga MX trophy and here is a rundown of how many Liga MX titles each player on Santos Laguna’s squad now has.
One: As mentioned before several players on Santos Laguna’s squad are currently enjoying their first-ever Liga MX title along with the manager Robert Siboldi. The first-timers on the squad included many young players like Jesus Angulo, who was the youngest player on the pitch in the final at 20 years old.
Angulo had was playing in his eighth Liga MX game and was a vital piece to this championship team in the left-back role. The other youngsters that lifted the glory for the first time in the Liga MX were Gerardo Arteaga, David Andrade, Edwuin Cetre and backup keeper Carlos Acevedo, who was enjoying the championship with his hometown team.
The rest of the first-timers were all players with some experience including Gerardo Alcoba, Brian Lozano, Julio Furch, Jesus Isijara, Diego De Buen, Jonathan Rodriguez, Jorge Villafana and Cris Martinez. Julio Furch had already been a part of a Copa MX title team with Veracruz while Jorge Villafana is one of just a few players that have won both a Liga MX and MLS title.
Two: Most of the players that are enjoying their second Liga MX title on this squad were part of Santos’ Clausura 2015 championship. Among the players that have been part of the team’s last two championships include Carlos Izquierdoz, Nestor Araujo, Djaniny Tavares, Javier Abella and Ulises Rivas. Rivas’ case is intriguing as he just played 70 minutes in the Clausura 2015 to technically be part of that team that was crowned champions three years ago.
The only player that did claim his second Mexican league title, but was not part of that Clausura 2015 squad is Javier Cortez. The Mexican midfielder formed part of a Pumas UNAM side that was able to conquer the Clausura 2011 championship.
Three: Before joining Santos Laguna, Jonathan Orozco, won a pair of titles with Monterrey, one of Los Guerreros’ biggest rivals. “Spiderman” won the Apertura 2009 and the Apertura 2010 with Los Rayados and was now a crucial piece to Santos’ Clausura 2018 championship.
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Four: At 30 years old, Jose Juan Vazquez has enjoyed a very fruitful career, playing in the World Cup, winning a CONCACAF Gold Cup and now with four Liga MX titles to his name. “Gallito” won an Ascenso MX title with Leon along with two Liga MX titles as well as another championship with Chivas in the Clausura 2017 tournament. This was Vazquez’s first season with the Celestial Warriors and he immediately managed to make an impact throughout the championship run.
Five: Osvaldo Martinez enjoyed four league titles in Paraguay with Club Libertad and now has outdone that mark in Mexico with five Liga MX crowns to his name. Like Jonathan Orozco, “Osvaldito” was also part of Monterrey’s title-winning teams in the Apertura 2009 and Apertura 2010. The South American playmaker then went on to conquer the Clausura 2013 and Apertura 2014 titles with Club America before being crowned for a fifth time in Mexico this Sunday night with Los Guerreros.