While some were able to celebrate an exemplary 2017 Clausura, others had a forgettable tournament. Whether it was a newcomer who failed to live up to expectations, or an experienced veteran who was never able to find a momentum, here's a list of the most disappointing Liga MX players of the season.
GK: William Yarbrough, Leon
A few years ago, Yarbrough looked like an up-and-coming Liga MX star. With brilliant reflexes, the Mexican-born player with American roots was vital in Leon's winning run to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura. Since then, Yarbrough has yet to maintain much consistency and, although the 28-year-old occasionally had moments of brilliance, those performance were far too infrequent for a Leon side that stumbled to 14th place.
LB: Adrian Aldrete, Cruz Azul
Similar to Cruz Azul, Aldrete's exciting start to the Clausura soon fizzled out. The left-back was never an established threat with his movement forward and was less effective at the back. At his best, Aldrete is capable of playing for the national team and, with his pace and stamina, could have potentially fought for a spot at the Gold Cup. Instead, it's unlikely that Aldrete will return to El Tri.
CB: Gerardo Alcoba, Pumas
The central defender didn't do much to help avoid a disastrous tournament for Pumas. As the Clausura drew to a close, it was painful to watch the Uruguayan and the rest of his defensive line collapse against several different opponents. If Pumas are going to rebound in the upcoming 2017 Apertura, they are going to need the talented 32-year-old to help organize the defense.
RB: Hiram Mier, Queretaro
The good news was that he avoided injury worries over the past few months; the bad news was that a change of pace did not wake up the once-promising defender. After leaving Monterrey over the winter, Mier became a part of a Queretaro backline that allowed 27 goals in 17 matches. Although he gained a starting role, the central defender wasn't able to become an imposing presence for Los Gallos Blancos. The days in which he was rumoured to seal a move to Europe are now long gone.
DM: Carlos Pena, Leon
In recent years, disappointment seems to follow Pena everywhere. Whether it be with Chivas or Leon, the central midfielder has continued to look unmotivated and lethargic on the field. Like Cardona, what's most depressing about Pena is the fact that he has the abilities to become an exceptional Liga MX player. Perhaps a rumoured move to Scotland will help awaken the 27-year-old.
LM: Bryan Rabello, MF, Pumas
There's something special about Rabello. With the ball at his feet, the agile 23-year-old can be thrilling with his dribbling. Unfortunately for Pumas fans, they didn't see enough of that from the Chilean. Rabello lacked consistency and struggled to produce goals or assists for the Mexico City club. Since making the leap to Liga MX in 2015, the attacking midfielder has failed to live up to the hype that initially surrounded him.
RM: Jesus Isijara, Necaxa
Last year, Isijara was one of the breakout players of the 2016 Apertura. After spending a few seasons in the second division with Necaxa, the winger stood out with his steady supply of goals and assists. At one point, there were even whispers of a potential call-up to the Mexico national team. However, over the past few months, the 27-year-old completely ran out of steam. It's difficult to find many compliments for a winger who only amassed one goal and no assists in the Clausura.
AM: Edwin Cardona, Monterrey
Expectations were undoubtedly high for Cardona but with only a handful of noteworthy performances, this season was easily a let-down for the Colombian. What's frustrating about the midfielder is that he is capable of becoming the league's best player. With an aggressive style that incorporates a powerful shot, Cardona is talented enough to score on any defense in Mexico. That said, the 24-year-old was only able to impress for a few weeks in the Clausura.
FR: Eduardo Vargas, Tigres
The biggest signing of the season was also the biggest flop. Months after causing Mexico plenty of problems in the 2016 Copa America, the Chilean arrived in Liga MX with plenty potential for Tigres fans. Instead of recreating the same magic seen against El Tri, Vargas gradually lost his starting role with the Nuevo Leon club. Granted, there are few in the league who would be able to find regular minutes in Tigres' star-studded squad but maybe what the versatile attacker needs is more time to adjust to the competition.
FL: Silvio Romero, Club America
Las Aguilas were in desperate need of someone to take charge of the frontline. Romero, who finished the regular season with 11 starts, collected a meagre tally of two goals and zero assists. And, with a total of 10 goals in the previous Apertura, the 28-year-old Argentine proved to be underwhelming in the Clausura for the league giants.
ST: Martin Cauteruccio, Cruz Azul
Cauteruccio could do little to salvage Cruz Azul's season. The Liga MX newcomer was ineffective in the attack and was only able to score once for Los Cementeros. Looking at his time in Argentina, the Uruguayan undeniably has a knack for finding the back of the net but struggled to transition that form to Mexico. Similar to Vargas, the 30-year-old striker might need more time to adjust before he can emerge as a dominant figure for Cruz Azul.