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Who is Marco Ortiz, the referee for the Toluca vs Pachuca Liga MX final?

The 34-year-old will oversee the first leg of the 2022 Liga MX Apertura final as Toluca face Pachuca at the Estadio Nemesio Diez.

Edgardo Avelar
Referee Marco Antonio Ortiz during the game Cruz Azul vs Leon, corresponding Round 16 the Torneo Apertura 2022 of the Liga BBVA MX at Azteca Stadium, on September 15, 2022.


Arbitro Marco Antonio Ortiz durante el partido Cruz Azul vs Leon, correspondiente a la Jornada 16 del Torneo Apertura 2022 de la Liga BBVA MX en el Estadio Azteca, el 15 de Septiembre de 2022.
Juan Luis Diaz

Marco Antonio Ortiz has been assigned to officiate Thursday’s Liga MX Apertura (first-leg) final as Toluca face Pachuca and is one of the youngest referees currently active in Liga MX.

Head of the local refereeing committee Armando Archundia has selected, for many, one of the nation’s finest match officials and this will be Ortiz’s second consecutive final. Nicknamed ‘El Gato’ (the cat), he took charge of the Clausura 2022 first-leg duel where Atlas beat Pachuca 2-0 at the Jalisco stadium.

Ortiz, who has been an official FIFA referee since 2018 and has overseen 18 league matches, including repechajes, quarterfinals, semifinals with Thursday’s final set to be his 19th run out this season.

His last game in charge was last week’s semi-final (first-leg) clash, also at the Nemesio Diez stadium where Toluca surprised high-flying Club America 2-1.