Finding themselves at the bottom of the league table, Club America host their first game of the season at the Estadio Azteca against Veracruz on Saturday. After losing to Tigres in a rematch of last semester’s final, las Aguilas have allowed six goals in their first two games of the Clausura.
Against Tigres, Club America fell behind almost just two minutes in, with Ismael Sosa sneaking the ball past Agustin Marchesin. Club America eventually found themselves leveled at 2-2 but couldn’t produce a serious offensive drive afterwards. Tigres then took advantage of Club America’s stalled offense and scored goals in the 55th and 83rd minute to see off las Aguilas.
Marchesin, who has disputed three total games with America, has seen eight goals scored on him at the start of the season. Adding to America’s concerns, their first two opponents both registered a goal before the 15th minute mark.
Keeping the game low scoring hasn’t troubled Veracruz so far into the season. Standing fifth in the league with two wins and one loss, Veracruz’s two wins came in 1-0 decisions, while its only defeat came in a 2-1 showing against Santos Laguna.
The America offense may receive a boost with the awaited debut of Ceclio Dominguez. One of their major signings for the Clausura 2017, Dominguez adds another striker on the roster for las Aguilas. His debut, however, is rumored to force Ricardo La Volpe to sit out Michael Arroyo because of the 10/8 rule. Arroyo’s absence would leave America without their best set piece player.
America’s performances have shown the team’s struggles on both sides of the ball. Their first home game against Veracruz gives the team another opportunity to find its rhythm and further develop its offseason pickups.
Match date/time: Saturday 10:00 pm EST, 9:00pm local
Venue: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico
TV: Univision Deportes Network (US-Spanish), Univision (US-Spanish), TDN (Mexico), Canal de las Estrellas (Mexico)
Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription)