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2019 match preview: Club América vs. Tijuana

There are a good deal of similarities between América and Xolos, and they’ll face off on Saturday.

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Game: Club de Fútbol América S. A. de C. V. vs. Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente

Date: Saturday, August 3rd

Time: 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 7:00 p.m. Central, 5:00 p.m. Pacific, 12:00 a.m. UTC

Venue: Estadio Azteca (Ciudad de México, CDMX)

Referees: REF: Eduardo Galvan Basulto, AR1: Christian Kiabek Espinosa Zavala, AR2: Karen Janett Díaz Medina, 4TH: Jorge Antonio Pérez Durán

Television: United States - TUDN, Univision; Mexico - TUDN, Canal 5 Televisa

Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription), Sling TV (Free trial + monthly subscription), Univision NOW

All-time record: América holds the all-time record across all competitions, having won eight to Xolos’ five with the clubs drawing five times. Only two meetings were outside of Liga MX, a 1-0 win by Tijuana in the 2017 Clausura Copa MX Round of 16 and a 4-0 win by América in the 2019 Clausura Copa MX Semifinal, which was the last time the teams met at Estadio Azteca. The last time they met was in Week 13 of the 2019 Clausura when Xolos beat América 3-2 at Estadio Caliente. The last Liga MX meeting between the clubs at Estadio Azteca was on October 20, 2018 when América won 3-0.

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Juan Martín Lucero (pictured) and Diego Rodríguez have left Tijuana to join Defensa y Justicia in Argentina.
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Tijuana (1W 1D 0L) heads to Mexico City to face Club América (1W 1D 0L) this Saturday. The teams have a lot in common heading into this game, which should be an entertaining one regardless of affiliation.

Both teams have reason to look back at their last games as instances where points were left on the table. Xolos played a fantastic first half of soccer but were only able to draw against a Querétaro side they should have beaten at home, while América played out a 0-0 draw against León where Las Águila underperformed.

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Agustín Marchesín’s move to FC Porto has started the speculation on who will be the long-term replacement for the Argentine goalkeeper.
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Both teams also saw players leave this past week, with América’s Agustín Marchesín shipping to Portugal’s FC Porto while Argentina’s Defensa y Justicia snapped up both Juan Martín Lucero and Diego Rodríguez from Tijuana. While Lucero’s time had run its course and Rodríguez had been effectively replaced by Kevin Balanta, Marchesín was one of the best players on Club América and his absence will be felt immediately.

While there has been much speculation around Marchesín’s long-term successor, América manager Miguel Herrera confirmed Óscar Jiménez will get the nod against Xolos in a press conference. How much América can rally around the 30 year old Jiménez remains to be seen.