Game: Club América vs. Monterrey
Date: Saturday, April 14th
Time: 10:00 PM Eastern, 9:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Pacific, 3:00 AM UTC
Venue: Estadio Azteca (Ciudad de México)
Third place Club América host fifth place Monterrey and former coach Antonio Mohammed at the historic Estadio Azteca on Saturday, following a disappointing midweek showing that saw las Águilas dumped from the CONCACAF Champions League by Toronto FC in the semifinals.
Club América and Miguel Herrera will be looking to put an end to their three match winless streak when they host a powerful Monterrey side that sits two spots behind them in the table. However, this task will be easier said than done. Monterrey looks like a team on a mission and are in the midst of a three match winning streak
The visitors three match winning streak has been propelled by a mixture of individual talent and unselfish team play. 23-year old Mexican midfielder Arturo González has been the surprise standout player for Monterrey both during this three match winning streak as well as the rest of the Liga MX season. Through 13 matches, the 2011 U-17 World Cup winner leads the team with six goals.
Rogelio Funes Mori and Avilés Hurtado have each played a significant role in the success of los Rayados this season. The two players have combine for nine goals with five for Funes Mori and Hurtado with four. If these two players can find space between the Club América midfield and defensive line Monterrey should have lots of goalscoring opportunities against las Águilas.
The Mexico City squad will be without their arguably best player Cecilio Domínguez due to an injury that he picked up in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Necaxa. The absence of such an important payer is surely going to hurt Club América’s chances to defeat los Rayados. In their semifinal match against Toronto FC on Tuesday, which was played without the injured Cecilio Domínguez, las Águilas looked hopelessly one dimensional on the offensive side of the ball until young midfielder Diego Lainez was brought into the match.
Club América will also likely be without big summer signing Jérémy Ménez who picked up an undisclosed injury earlier in the Liga MX season that has kept him sidelined for a significant period of time.
Renato Ibarra, Henry Martin, and Mateus Uribe will each have to have a phenomenal performances if las Águilas are going to replace the offensive productivity of their two injured star players.
Without their star offensive players, expect Club América to come out with a much more defensive lineup than would otherwise be expected. Look for Antonio Mohammed and Monterrey to try and exploit the defensive with a very attacking lineup and formation.