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Leagues Cup

When Cruz Azul take on Tigres UNAL just over two weeks from now in the first-ever Leagues Cup final, they’ll do so with a new head coach at the helm.

Los Cementeros announced Sunday that Pedro Caixinha had stepped down “by mutual agreement,” some 21 months after being appointed manager in December 2017.

While the Portuguese coach led La Máquina to the Leagues Cup final with wins over Chicago Fire (2-0) and LA Galaxy (2-1), they’re currently struggling in the Liga MX Apertura, where they sit in 11th place.

After Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Chivas, the Mexico City club released a statement saying that “Pedro Caixinha is no longer head coach of Cruz Azul F.C.”

No replacement has been named yet.

Cruz Azul will do battle with Tigres on Wednesday, September 18 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas - site of the this year's Leagues Cup final.