Game: Tauro FC vs. Club América
Date: Wednesday, March 14th
Time: 8:00 PM Eastern, 7:00 PM Central, 5:00 PM Pacific, 1:00 AM UTC
Venue: Estadio Rommel Fernandez (Panama City, Panama)
Club América will travel to Panama City to take on Tauro FC for just the second time in club history. In their CONCACAF Champions League first leg matchup, Las Águilas dominated the Panamanian side by a score of 4-0 despite playing far from their best fútbol.
Much like their 2nd leg match against Saprissa in the round of 16, the trip to Panama City is little more than a formality for Las Águilas who are all but ensured a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals thanks to their large victory in the first leg match. Again, Miguel Herrera is expected to heavily rotate his squad for the 2nd leg match in regional competition. Even with a heavily rotated squad, it would take a miraculous 5 goal victory for the Panamanian side to have any hope of advancing to the semifinals in place of the Mexican giants.
Given that Tauro FC is a significantly weaker opposition side than Saprissa, it should be expected that Club América will start a mixture of fringe and youth players. Diego Lainez could see some much needed action with the first team after being largely relegated to the U-20 side since Miguel Herrera became head coach.
Most importantly Club América will be looking to advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League with a clean bill of health in order to keep fighting at the top of Liga MX. If they can come out of Panama injury free, Miguel Herrera and Club América will be in good position to keep fighting for both Liga MX and CONCACAf Champions League glory.