Atlanta United came from a goal down to earn a 3-2 win over Liga MX side Club América and win the 2019 Campeones Cup.
It took only five minutes for the match to have its first goal when a lovely pass from Dion Pereira connected with Emerson Hyndman to give Atlanta United the lead.
But having weathered the early storm, Club América found themselves equalized just moments later when Renato Ibarra finished off a Roger Martinez cross to put the score at 1-1.
In the 36th minute, a Jorge Sanchez blunder led to Bruno Valdez committing a foul inside the box. Oscar Jimenez then saved a poor penalty from Josef Martinez and both sides went leveled at the break.
Jimenez’s heroics inspired Las Águilas into an early second half lead when a corner kick sought Roger Martinez, whose short-range effort narrowly crossed the line to put the score 2-1 in favor of the Liga MX side.
Two minutes later, however, Jeff Larentowicz unleashed a thunderbolt strike from long range, and following a deflection, the ball finished into the back of the net.
With the momentum clearly on Atlanta United’s side, a foolish tackle from Guido Rodriguez led a second penalty call in favor of the hosts. This time, Josef Martinez made no mistake from the spot to give Atlanta United the lead.
Things then immediately went from bad to worse for Las Águilas after Bruno Valdez picked up a second yellow, leaving América down to ten men.
While América certainly had their chances in the final minutes of the game, ultimately it would be Atlanta United who would go on to become the first MLS champion of the Campeones Cup.