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Club America vs. Toluca: 2016 Liga MX Apertura Preview

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On Saturday, Club America play hosts to Toluca in their second consecutive weekend at  the Estadio Azteca. A 2-0 win over Chiapas to start the season brought America’s first three points of the season, while Toluca edged Atlas for a 1-1 draw.

Versus Chiapas, las Aguilas trudge through the first half, but Darwin Quintero gave the lead to America five minutes into the second half. New America forward Silvio Romero secured the win by landing a shot past the reach of the goalkeeper at the end of the regulation.

The win over Chiapas showed America’s ability to scrap a win together but showed its need to adjust with three new players filling starting positions. For Toluca, 84 minutes went by before Enrique Trivero scored the tying goal. A string of wasted opportunities from Atlas, an ejection and a penalty gave Toluca plenty of opportunity to bring in a point against Atlas. Under new managerial instruction from Hernàn Cristante, Toluca appeared more lucky than capable of defeating Atlas.

Both America and Toluca showed their flaws in their first game, but uncertainty follows America as they must play without Miguel Samudio and Moisés Muñoz because of injury. The absence of Muñoz appears as the most impactful as he had kept las Aguilas ahead as he blocked his way to a clean sheet. Hugo Gonzalez has experience playing as the starting keeper, he even sent Muñoz to the bench for some time, but looking from the outside, one has to wonder why Muñoz took the starting role

Although it doesn’t bring its full starting 11, Renato Ibarra, Bruno Valdez and Silvio Romero played well in their first game with America. Ibarra gave America speed down the right wing, Valdez kept pace with the Chiapas offense and Romero unleashed a fundamentally fluid goal. Both teams need to respond, but the pressure lays more heavily on the Aguilas with expectations running high because of its centennial season. If America’s offense avoids the slow start it experience in its first game, its chances of defeating a team headed by a first time Liga MX coach look promising.

Last Meeting

Club America 0-1 Toluca - April 23, 2016 – Liga MX

Erbin Trejo scored a golazo as the Diablos Rojos escaped the Azteca with all three points.