Club America played a friendly to commemorate their anniversary but lost to Queretaro 2-1. With goals by Brazilian Augusto Dos Santos and Everaldo Stum, Queretaro was able to hold on after Christian Insaurralde scored to put las Águilas within one. The game was played in Matamoros, in a stadium that wasn’t barely half full.
The best news for America was the return of Diego Lainez after being injured by a clash in practice between him and Bruno Valdez. Lainez missed key games like the Clasico Nacional against Chivas but looked back in form, being the best player in the game for America. Lainez produced the only brilliant moment in the first half when a through ball from him send a wide open Roger Martinez, who wasted the opportunity by trying to make too much on the play. This meant that Augustos long range shot from Queretaro was the only goal.
The second half was more of the same, with Queretaro looking the better team, and after a mistake by America’s keeper Oscar Jimenez, Everaldo Stum slipped through to score on an open net.
In the final minutes Insaurralde, was able to score on a ball that might have been an own goal from the Queretaro defender, but at the end, America never came close to getting a tie.
America was founded on October 12, 1916. In honor of the date falling on the discovery/encounter of Christopher Columbus of the New World, it was named America because of the continent. It hasn’t been always a tradition (most notably a failure of doing so in the 100th year anniversary) but when they can, they have been playing friendlies in honor of the anniversary, one of the most famous being against Barcelona in what was also the Luis Roberto Alves “ Zague” farewell game in 2003.