Game: Club de Fútbol América S.A. de C.V. vs. Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente
Date: Saturday, October 20th
Time: 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 7:00 p.m. Central, 5:00 p.m. Pacific, 12:00 a.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio Azteca (Tlalpan, CDMX)
Referees: REF: Diego Montaño Robles, AR1: Marcos Quintero Huitron, AR2: Jimmy Acosta Montesinos, 4TH: Roberto Rios Jácome
All-time record: Club América holds the series record, winning six to Tijuana’s three games. The two clubs have drawn five times, including the last three straight meetings.
The international break is done, and Liga MX clubs are about to start on a five game push toward the Liguilla. Club América (7W 3D 2L) seems all but confirmed for a spot. They’ll host Club Tijuana (4W 4D 4L) at the historic Estadio Azteca tonight.
Club América has been on a roll. Their last loss was in August against León and since then, they’ve won four and drawn twice in Liga MX play. The offense is clicking, scoring more goals (24) than any other team in Liga MX.
It’s also not coming just from one person: while Oribe Peralta leads the team with five goals, eleven players total have notched at least one goal in América’s twelve games. Matheus Uribe has three goals and three assists, and will most likely be the player to watch during this stretch - especially with Peralta likely out injured.
Tijuana on the other hand relies on a pragmatic defense and capitalizing on mistakes by their opposition. Their fourteen goals conceded is tied with América for seventh in the league, however Tijuana’s offensive output is second to last with just ten goals.
Normally Tijuana would want to focus on increasing the output of their forwards, but a road game against América isn’t a normal situation. Instead Xolos will most likely need to focus on shoring up the defense. Central midfielders Diego “Pulpo” González and Diego “Torito” Rodríguez will be often tapped to drop back with the center backs to limit the number of open looks that América gets at goal.
Tijuana is on the bubble of making the Liguilla, and they’ll need every point they can get from their remaining games if they want to play into December. América on the other hand is jockeying with fellow Estadio Azteca tenants Cruz Azul (8W 2D 2L) for the top position in Liga MX (Las Águilas are just two points behind La Maquina), so they too will not want to see an opportunity slip by them.