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Club America vs. Tigres: 2016 Liga MX Apertura Preview

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Las Aguilas del America didn’t have much time to savor the three goals netted by Oribe Peralta in its 3-1 win over Toluca. Peralta, who departed to join the Mexican Olympic squad, has no definite return date as it all depends on Mexico’s performance throughout the Olympic tournament beginning August 4. As the America’s home schedule continues, Las Aguilas host a dormant Tigres de UANL Saturday night at Estadio Azteca.

Something less than a whimper has come from the Tigres squad who in its first two weeks in Liga MX competition have failed to score and have less than graciously accepted 0-0 draws. Opposite of Tigres, America has won its first two matchups and with a less than complete squad towered Toluca, its last opponent. Over its last two games, America has shown its roster has plenty of talent and resources to stay in games. Even without Peralta, America’s offense shows more signs of continue its winning ways than to have its winning streak halted by its opponents from the north.

Slated to take Peralta’s spot, Silvio Romero, who joined the squad prior to the start of Apertura 2016, has already shown his reliability at the forward position. Versus Chiapas, his former team, Romero opened the season and his career at Club America with a dazzling goal and just a few weeks prior scored versus Leon in a tune-up before the start of Apertura 2016. Outside of Liga MX fixtures, Romero scored in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over Mineros de Zacatecas. Yet to make a start with America, Peralta’s Olympic duties more than open the door for Romero who’s spot on the roster may just come down to time.

After participating in EURO 2016, Andrel-Pierre Gignac rejoined Tigres in the second week of league play but even his presence didn’t prevent another drubbing dry scoreless draw. Tigres has yet to reach the level of play expected of a team with a roster shining in talent. The results from the first two weeks suggests what they appear to convey, Tigres can defend but its offense struggles. Similar to America, Olympic scheduling affects Tigres as its star defender, Jorge Torres Nilo, joined Peralta and the rest of the Mexican squad. Without Torres Nilo, Tigres must find a way to cover the left side of the field, but with Hugo Ayala and Juninho guarding the back of the field, Tigres needs more from the players up front if it wants to come out of the Azteca with a positive result, or at least a goal.

Last Meeting

Club America 2-1 Tigres – April 28, 2016 – CONCACAF Champions League

Club America were crowned CONCACAF Champions for the second year running after beating Tigres 4-1 on aggregate.