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Damm's emergence, America dominance headline Liga MX week six

Premier League target Jurgen Damm spearheaded Pachuca's 3-1 win at Atlas on Saturday. HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images

Cruz Azul sits atop the Liga MX table after six rounds of matches of the 2015 Clausura, but that wasn't the main story this past weekend.

Here are the five most important takeaways from the weekend that was in Mexico:

1. Monterrey finally makes the managerial change

It had been rumored for weeks and it finally happened: Carlos Barra was relieved of his duties as Monterrey coach on Sunday and Antonio Mohamed was named the new boss on Monday.

A really poor 2-0 loss against Puebla on Saturday was the final nail in the coffin and Mohamed swooped into Monterrey on Monday morning tofinalize details of the contract and sign on the dotted line.

"El Turco" Mohamed won the title last season with Club America and also lifted the trophy before that with Club Tijuana. His appointment should give Los Rayados a considerable boost. And, in case you were wondering, Mohamed's Monterrey takes on his former side America on April 11th. That'll be one not to miss considering the way in which Mohamed departed America after winning the Apertura 2014.

2. Hype over Damm is justified

There has been plenty of talk in Mexico in recent weeks about the rise in foreign-born players in the Liga MX and how it could affect young Mexicans trying to break through.

However, the bona fide star of this weekend was Mexican winger Jurgen Damm. The 22-year-old put on a devastating display in Pachuca's 3-1 win over Atlas in the Estadio Jalisco. Damm set up two goals by using his blistering pace down the right wing and scored the other himself.

Damm showed exactly why Manchester United brought him to England for a trial and why Chelsea showed interest in signing him last summer.

The main criticism of Damm has been his poor decision-making at crucial times, but that wasn't the case on Saturday, as he both scared the defense with his pace and had a decisive impact on the outcome on the score-sheet. If he can continue to produce performances like that, a move to Europe (he has a European Union passport due to his German ancestry) will be a mere formality.

3. America is the team to beat

Club America shares a lot of similarities to Premier League team Manchester United in 2015. Both are blessed with a wealth of attacking talent and have managed to trundle on picking up points, while failing to really harness the potential.

That changed for Club America on Saturday, with manager Gustavo Matosas striking gold by employing a 5-3-2 system. It was a throwback to the tactical layout former coach Miguel Herrera installed. It seemed to make sense on paper as well as in practice during the 90 minutes. Wingbacks Paul Aguilar and Miguel Samudio are adept at getting forward and the extra defense-minded body in the center of the pitch provided the base for offensive players like Dario Benedetto, Rubens Sambueza, Osvaldo Martinez and Oribe Peralta to shine.

The result was a 5-0 demolition of Chiapas in the Estadio Azteca that reminded everyone how much the talent the club possesses. Player for player America is the best team in the Clausura and last Saturday's match provided a template moving forward of just how good it can be.

4. Chivas suffering and set to suffer more

Chivas should be comfortably moving away from relegation danger this Clausura, especially with former Mexico coach Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre at the helm. Nine of the 14 players used in Sunday's 0-0 draw against Veracruz have played for the Mexican national team. The really telling stat, however, is that not one Chivas player is guaranteed a place in El Tri at present.

These are dark and worrying teams for Chivas, who plays first place Cruz Azul away next weekend, and the pressure is once again intense in Guadalajara. Chivas are now only three points above Puebla and just ahead of Leones Negros in the relegation table.

5. Attendance healthy

There was an average of 24,700 fans this weekend in the nine Liga MX games, with Tigres having the highest (40,800) and Puebla -- who is playing at an alternative venue this season -- the lowest (7,488), according to official league stats.

The 1,460,563 fans to have attended games during the first six rounds of matches is the highest number since records properly began with the start of the league's re-branding ahead of the Apertura 2012. So far this Clausura, the average attendance has been 27,047. These are all positive signs that interest in Mexico's top level continues to be strong.