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Five points: Mexico vs. Panama Mexico coach Victor Manuel Vucetich will hope these five factors spur Mexico to the display required to grab hold of its World Cup hopes. /foxsoccer/mexico/lists/mexico-vs-panama-world-cup-qualifying-preview-five-points-101113 http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2013/09/12/091213-Soccer-Victor-Vucetich-CLEAN-SLATE-DG-PI_20130912144808745_136_102.JPG
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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Liga MX Recap - Oct. 19-20 31940846 Living in the moment Living+in+the+moment Mexico Primera Division

Normalcy -- such as it is at the moment -- had emerged once again by Friday night. Some players took the field in domestic matches. Others waited for their chance to shine in Europe. Mexico interim boss Miguel Herrera offered a brief reminder of the chaos when he turned the national team into an outpost of Club América on Sunday, but this weekend mostly went according to plan. The events of the past week still linger. They just won't dictate how everything operates in Liga MX or for Mexicans Abroad as the World Cup playoff with New Zealand approaches next month.

 

--Kyle McCarthy

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Liga MX Recap - Oct. 19-20 31940847 State of flux State+of+flux Mexico Primera Division

Injury followed insult after insult in Guadalajara this week. Former Chivas hero Javier Hernández floundered in San José. América boss Miguel Herrera took charge of the national team without leaving his post at Las Aguilas. And then Pachuca supplied the coup de grace by sending Chivas to the bottom of the Liga MX with a 3-1 victory on Sunday night. It has to get better at some point, right?

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Liga MX Recap - Oct. 19-20 31940845 Extending your influence Extending+your+influence Mexico Primera Division

América boss Miguel Herrera wondered aloud why his table-topping side did not have more players in the Mexican national team. He certainly rectified those concerns when he named his first roster on Sunday: he included 10 of his own players in the squad to face Finland next month. The fate of Mexico now hinges on the strength of its top club. As an added bonus for Las Aguilas fans, Herrera omitted Cruz Azul star Christian Giménez and restricted hated rivals Chivas to just one representative (Aldo de Nigris).

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Liga MX Recap - Oct. 19-20 31940849 Clasico Joven ends in stalemate Clasico+Joven+ends+in+stalemate Mexico Primera Division

The downpour at Estadio Azul commemorated the first meeting between Cruz Azul and Club America since that memorable second leg back in May appropriately. Both teams shared the points this time around after Luis Perea struck to cancel out Luis Gabriel Rey's header on the stroke of halftime. The stalemate on home soil provided scant solace for La Maquina, but a chance to respond to the earlier disappointment looms in the Liguilla next month.

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Liga MX Recap - Oct. 19-20 31940844 New challenge New+challenge Mexico Primera Division

In his first press conference as Mexico's interim boss, Miguel Herrera raised questions about whether he would include foreign-based players in his squad for the World Cup playoff next month. Herrera even noted how most of those players weren't in the sort of form required to force their way into the squad. Only Giovani dos Santos (on the scoresheet for Villarreal again this weekend) can truly quibble with his assessment. It is down to them to change Herrera's mind over the next few weeks in order to push their way into the squad for the two-legged tie against New Zealand.

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Liga MX Recap - Oct. 19-20 31940850 Back on track Back+on+track Mexico Primera Division

Giovani dos Santos continued his influential start to the season by scoring the second goal in Villarreal's 3-0 victory over Granada on Friday. The mercurial playmaker tallied four minutes after the interval to keep the points safe and snap the Yellow Submarine's three-match winless streak in La Liga. The triumph even kept Villarreal inside the Champions League places during this early stage of the campaign.

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Mexico Primera Division 2819 43 Mexicans Abroad, Liga MX Recap - Oct. 19-20 31940848 On the pine On+the+pine Mexico Primera Division

Javier Hernández sat on the bench at Old Trafford and watched his Manchester United teammates concede a late equalizer in the 1-1 draw with Southampton. It served as an appropriate ending to a miserable week: imprecise for his scuffling national side on Tuesday, irrelevant for his struggling club on Saturday.

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