Trying to predict a Mexican champion each year is a treacherous business, and it will be no different when the season opens Friday with six clubs expected to have a chance.

Pachuca, Cruz Azul, Pumas, Tigres, Monterrey and Santos Laguna are all considered hopes of winning the first-division title in a league bearing a new name: Liga MX.

Most of the attention will be on the field, especially with Hugo Sanchez taking over at Pachuca, his first job in his native country since being fired in 2008 as Mexico's national team coach.

Ricardo La Volpe, another former Mexico coach, steps in at Atlante. La Volpe coached Mexico at the 2006 World Cup before leading Mexican club Atlas, Costa Rica's national team and Argentine team Banfield.