Game: León vs. Club América
Date: Wednesday, September 27th
Time: 8:06 P.M. Eastern, 7:06 P.M. Central, 5:06 P.M. Pacific, 12:06 A.M. UTC
Venue: Estadio León ( León, Guanajuato, México)
Television: Unimas (USA-Spanish), Univision Deportes Network (USA-Spanish), ESPNNEWS (USA-English), ESPN Deportes (USA-Spanish), ESPN 3 (USA-English), Imagen Televisión (Mexico), Claro Sports (Mexico), Fox Play Latin America, Fox Sports 2 (Mexico)
Club América travel to León, Guanajuato to take on la Fiera in their first league match since a devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico. As a result of the powerful quake all professional fútbol in the country was suspended last week so that fans and teams could focus on helping those who were affected by the natural disaster.
Las Águilas will face a tough test against a León side that have seemingly managed to find their stride after handily defeating Pachuca 3-1 on the road in their last match; stretching their unbeaten streak to three consecutive matches in the process. As if facing a team in the midst of a winning streak wasn’t already difficult enough, las Águilas will also have to contend with an in form Mauro Boselli. Over the course of the last three games the Argentine striker has tallied two goals and an assist for la Fiera.
For their part, Las Águilas played out a disappointing draw against Xolos in Tijuana in their last match. A 25th minute goal by Oribe Peralta gave Club América the lead. However, the entire match was turned on its head when Miguel Samudio received a second yellow card and was sent off in the 58th minute of the match. Xolos scored in the 65th minute and dominated the rest of the match. Thankfully for Club América los Xolos were unable to find a winning goal. The draw stretched las Águilas’ unbeaten streak to three matches (2 victories and a draw).
Despite being on a three match unbeaten streak, las Águilas haven't quite looked like a dominant side out on the pitch. The last three matches have seen the squad put in a series of lackluster performances against the backdrop of a locker room controversy involving head coach Miguel Herrera, Paraguayan attacker Cecilio Domínguez, and a series of controversial squad rotations.
A mixture of individual talent and the occasional inspired team performance have carried las Águilas so far this season. However, a victory against la Fiera in León is very unlikely. The absence of Miguel Samudio combined with the high level of play from Mauro Boselli and the rest of the León squad might be too much for Club América to overcome. If las Águilas want to have any chance of leaving León with three points they will need an inspired team performance which has eluded them for much of this season.