Game: Club América v CF Monterrey
Date: Saturday, July 20th, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM EDT, 7:00 PM CDT, 5:00 PM PDT
Venue: Estadio Azteca
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The Apertura 2019 is finally here. Monterrey have been linked to a number of new signings, but as of right now, the club is standing pat, with no players really coming or going. Daniel Lajud came back from loan with Querétaro, but beyond the young player who shone in the group stages of the Apertura 2018 Copa MX, Monterrey hasn’t added anyone.
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Of course, given all of the money spent and the success of the Clausura, it’s not surprising that Monterrey hasn’t made any moves, with Los Rayados winning the Concacaf Champions League over city rivals UANL Tigres. Monterrey, however, came up short in the Clausura 2019 Liguilla, losing in the semifinals to the same Tigres team that Monterrey beat for international glory.
Club América, however, has seen some players depart. Besides Oribe Peralta, who left for rivals Chivas, América also saw Edson Alvarez leave Mexico for Europe, going to Ajax in a $17 million deal. América has seen a couple additions, with Rubén González coming from Necaxa, and former Mexico international midfielder Giovani dos Santos arrive from the LA Galaxy after his MLS adventure was cut short.
Dos Santos will reportedly not be available for the match, and despite the match being at the altitude of the Azteca, Monterrey have to feel like this is a good chance to pick up a win away from home in the opening game of the season. The club stayed pretty healthy over the summer international break and remains intact, meaning that they can pick up where they left off, while América has to figure out how to pick up the pieces after a rather disappointing end to the Clausura 2019 and how to deal with the loss of Alvarez and Peralta.