Monarcas Morelia will host Atlas FC on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 at the Morelos stadium during the final of the Apertura 2013 Copa MX. This is the third edition of the revived Copa Mexico that was first played in 1907 and has had several reincarnations in the last 106 years.
Morelia is currently going through a good pace in La Liga MX sitting in the 6th position in the league table, in a playoff position. The monarchy has had an offensive season having scored three or more goals in seven games between La Liga MX and Copa MX.
They defeated CF Monterrey in the semifinal with a 3-0 at the Tecnologico stadium in Monterrey, Mexico. Morelia is looking to win its first piece of silverware since the Invierno 2000 championship. The “purepechas” have never won the Copa MX, having reached the final on one occasion in the 1964-65 season.
Atlas is a completely different story. The Guadalajara-based team is not doing so well in La Liga MX sitting in a possible relegation position. A big surprise for “zorros” fans is that the team made it this far in the competition. Atlas just won their first La Liga MX game of the Apertura 2013 season.
Both Morelia and Atlas faced off in the group stage. Monarcas had won their previous four games against Ascenso MX teams Estudiantes UAG and Celaya. Morelia held Atlas 1-1 at the Jalisco stadium, but fell 0-1 at the Morelos.
In the quarterfinals Morelia defeated top of La Liga MX competitor Leon FC 2-0. Atlas took down bottom of the league dweller Pumas UNAM 2-1. In the semifinals Morelia dispatched a resurging Monterrey 3-0. Atlas struggled with Ascenso MX side Alebrijes de Oaxaca drawing 1-1. It took a penalty shoot-out for Atlas to reach the finals.
With the mentioned results everything points at Morelia winning the cup. However, the results of the matches between the two teams in the group stage challenge that idea.
The last edition of the Copa MX was won by Cruz Azul, team that went on to challenge Club America in the Clausura 2013 final. The Apertura 2012 edition, the first in this reincarnation, was claimed by Dorados de Sinaloa who had the legendary Cuauhtémoc Blanco on the field.