Bravos de FC Juarez will resume play in Copa MX tonight when they face Queretaro on the road. The midweek competition resumes for this 2020 Clausura season under the new format that was announced and implemented last summer.

Previously, this competition took place twice a year with every Apertura and Clausura season. It was composed of a 3-team round robin home and home group stage, then a 16-team bracket style single elimination tournament with the highest seeded team playing at home until a champion was decided.

Last summer the Mexican Soccer Federation decided to modify the format comprised of 2 major changes. A single Copa MX would take place over the two Mexican soccer seasons. Group play would take place during the 2019 Apertura while the elimination stage of the tournament would take place during the 2020 Clausura season.

This is where we are now.

The Bravos won their group in the group stage of the tournament good enough to earn them a number 4 seed in the knockout stage to the Copa MX. They will now face Queretaro in a home and home series to see who advances to the quarterfinals.

FC Juarez head coach Gabriel Caballero was gracious enough to address the media at the airport yesterday prior to departing for Queretaro. Caballero commented, “You always try and get a lead in the first leg of these contest. The important thing now is that are two matches (to advance) and that we end the series at home (next week). Our players right now need minutes especially our new acquisitions to get acclimated with Mexican soccer.”

Tonight’s match is scheduled kickoff at 6pm MST and will be broadcast on national television via TUDN (DirecTV Channel 464)