Match: CF Monterrey v Club América
Date: January 26th, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM CST, 6:00 PM EST, 3:00 PM PST
Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Monterrey, Mexico
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Apertura 2018 Result: Club América 3-0 Monterrey
Rayados ⚪️ va mañana ante América con:— Soy Rayado (@SomosRayados) January 25, 2019
Rogelio Funes Mori
Monterrey host Club América with both teams unbeaten in the Clausura 2019 and looking to get a signature win early in the season. For Club América, a win would solidify their status as the club to beat as they look to win back-to-back titles, while Monterrey will want to knock off the defending champions in order to prove that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the title chase.
Club América beat Pachuca 3-0 last weekend in Liga MX, causing Pachuca to dismiss their manager Pako Ayestaran. While the seat under Diego Alonso isn’t quite that hot yet, it a win for los Rayados would go a long way towards getting the fans behind him. Despite a number of high-profile acquisitions, Monterrey hasn’t looked great since Alonso took over. Monterrey had an improbable run to the Semifinals of the Liguilla and a Copa MX final at home last season, but Cruz Azul defeated Monterrey both times. After Monterrey went out and landed perhaps the biggest name of the transfer window in Liga MX by signing Maxi Meza from Argentina’s Independiente , patience will start to run short if the results in the Clausura aren’t any better.
Monterrey played over 60 minutes with 10 men at the Azteca in the 3-0 defeat in the Apertura 2018, so staying on the pitch will help out a lot, especially with Monterrey needing a golazo from Meza after going down a man against Querétaro last weekend. Some of América’s first team played against Atlético San Luis in the midweek Copa MX match, so Monterrey will at least have the advantage of being rested.
Monterrey need a good performance if they are to be taken seriously as contenders to win the Liguilla, and while a hard-fought draw would do, a win would go a long way to boost their credentials. On the other hand, América has been totally and completely dominant for almost 20 games in a row. This will be a very, very tough match for Monterrey, but hopefully Rogelio Funes Mori, who didn’t play last season against América, and Meza can be the difference and get Rayados the win at home.