Layun leads America to big victory

Posted by Graciela Reséndiz

Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty ImagesMiguel Layun's second minute goal was enough to hand Club America all three points in Puebla.

PUEBLA, Mexico -- America handed a determined Puebla a home defeat, courtesy of a Miguel Layun goal in the second minute. Puebla suffered for the whole duration of the match, as a win would have spared La Franja from relegation. Instead, Puebla head coach Ruben Omar Romano's men had to wait for the outcome of the match between Atlante and Santos in Torreon to find out their fate, which ultimately went in their favor.

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Unluckily, they were reduced to ten men in the 61st minute following Uriel Alvarez's sending off for a reckless sliding tackle on Paul Aguilar. Continue Reading...

America left looking green against Cruz Azul

Posted by Ricardo Cariño

Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty ImagesClub America's miserable day was capped off by Rubens Sambueza's sending off.

MEXICO CITY -- The meeting between America and Cruz Azul was hailed as a true Clasico, with goals, passion, controversy and war. "La Maquina" bounced back from a defeat last week to record a 2-1 win against America, who paid tribute to Mexico's national team with their green uniform.

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Mauro Formica and Julio Cesar Dominguez pushed Cruz Azul manager Luis Fernando Tena's team ahead, before Raul Jimenez closed the gap in the closing stages of the game putting the visitors’ win at risk. Continue Reading...

Playoff positions at stake in Chivas vs America

Posted by Cesar Hernandez

As I’ve mentioned before in past posts, soccer games can at times be overhyped and glorified to ridiculous levels. Just watch any commercial for an upcoming match and you’ll get the idea. Overdubbed cannon sounds over free kicks with the perfect cut to a passionate fan at a sold-out game...for Puebla vs Queretaro.

The Sunday match between Chivas and America is no different when it comes to the promotion. It is, of course, El Super Clásico. You’ll find detailed analysis everywhere you look and more than likely an unfortunate focus on supporters groups from Guadalajara. Continue Reading...

A 'Clásico' is always a 'Clásico'

Posted by David Faitelson

First, there were romantic touches, followed by some drama, later some comedy, and today, it has shades of terror. The Clásico has been a movie. It has always mixed those feelings, emotions and dramas. Of protagonists, of heroes, villains. Of tears, suffering and happiness. The Clásico has always been about stronger matters than simply what happens on the soccer pitch. This Sunday will be no different.

Neither Chivas nor América are in good shape. One team gets to The Clásico without the assurance that its worst soccer crisis ever is in the past. Continue Reading...

Passion, not reason, guides Club América

Posted by David Faitelson

Miguel Tovar/Getty ImagesClub America fans wave flags and cheer at Estadio Azteca.

Patience has never been América’s most particular feature. On the other hand, a powerful sense of pride is what sets the road map for their decisions.

To put it bluntly: América are a team guided by passion, not reason.

The uneven progress of the season, the often lackluster play, the absence of perhaps not showmanship, but of joy and commitment, and the ever-present ghost of Miguel Herrera have all brought on a kind of despair. América are not considering any changes in their coaching staff until the end of the Torneo Clausura, but what happens during this part of the tournament could set the stage for future decisions. Continue Reading...

America still failing to impress

Posted by Cesar Hernandez

Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty ImagesLuis Mendoza and Club America are winless in their last four matches at the Estadio Azteca after Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Veracruz.

Everybody has guilty pleasures.

Some still listen to The Cardigan's "Lovefool" on repeat while others really enjoy movies like Titanic or Gone with the Wind. That previous sentence may or may not pertain to me, but what I want to focus on is a guilty pleasure of mine involving soccer. To be more specific, I have recently been supporting a team I never expected to: Club America.

I hope my father, a die-hard Chivas Guadalajara fan, never reads this article, but I have been secretly hoping for America to do well the past few months. Continue Reading...

Scales tip in favor of Herrera vs. Mohamed

Posted by Rafael Ramos Villagrana

AllsportCurrent Mexico national team coach Miguel Herrera led Club America to the 2013 Clausura title.

LOS ANGELES -- Antonio "Turco" Mohamed has dared to face his ghosts. Especially the one that plagues him and punishes him the most: Miguel "Piojo" Herrera's Club America.

In a chat with Futbol Picante on ESPN Deportes, Mohamed said he considers it inappropriate and unfair that his start with Las Aguilas (the Eagles) -- which he has turned into Las Avestruces (the Ostriches) -- is being compared with Herrera's tenure.

Where is the injustice that Mohamed proclaims?

El Turco requests that his first seven games ("I've only been here five days") be evaluated under the same lens as El Piojo's first seven games when he arrived at Coapa. Continue Reading...

Still too early to judge Mohamed at America

Posted by Arch Bell

Ramiro Fuentes/Getty ImagesThe Antonio Mohamed era hasn't exactly mirrored his predecessor in Miguel Herrera but he needs patience as he implements his system.

The Antonio "Turco" Mohamed era at Club America is perhaps in its most difficult moment since the departure of Miguel Herrera last December. The Aguilas suffered their second defeat of the Torneo Clausura on Saturday, a 1-0 defeat at home at the Estadio Azteca to surprising Pachuca which got an 89th minute winner from young pup Hirving Lozano who was making his Liga MX debut.

On the season, America have four wins and two losses, each defeat by a 1-0 scoreline, while three of the victories have come by just a single goal. Continue Reading...

Does Club America play with 12 men?

Posted by David Faitelson

The "prophecies of Ricardo 'Tuca' Ferreti" are becoming a reality...

We returned to an old tradition in Mexican soccer: trying to justify Club America's wins.

Both victories, each of the six points collected by Club America in the tournament, have been "tarnished" --if not by "bloodshed," which would perhaps be an exaggeration-- by refereeing decisions, but the question is still the same: Are they voluntary mistakes or are they part of the old belief that refereeing --almost systematically-- ends up favoring Club America? Continue Reading...

Club America searches for answers under Mohamed

Posted by David Faitelson

Ramiro Fuentes/Straffon Images/LatinContent/Getty ImagesClub America manager Antonio Mohamed greets fans during a match in Tijuana against Xolos.

Two scenes from Club America's most recent movie on the field seem to shed some light on what's happening with the most popular, and also most unpopular, team in Mexico.

First, Antonio Mohamed's eyes expressed something beyond frustration on Friday night at Estadio Caliente in Tijuana. Second, the image of Miguel Layun on the bench when the match was still missing its most important part: a defining moment.

There was something more worrisome than defeat in Week 2 on the Tijuana Xolos' always complicated field. Continue Reading...

Mohamed given golden chance in America debut

Posted by Arch Bell

Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty ImagesNew America boss Antonio Mohamed can make a great first impression with a win on Saturday against Tigres.

With Miguel Herrera now fully ensconced with the Mexican national team, the Antonio Mohamed era at Club America gets its official start Saturday night at the Estadio Azteca against Tigres.

After a largely successful 2013 Apertura, America's season ended in bittersweet fashion. While many members of the Aguilas' squad led El Tri to an intercontinental playoff win over New Zealand, thus qualifying Mexico for the World Cup, Club America were then subsequently drilled in the Apertura final by deserved winners Leon. Continue Reading...

Majestic Leon, ugly press conference mark end of era at Club America

Posted by Eric Gomez

Miguel Tovar/Getty ImagesA 'bicampeonato' was not in the cards for Club America who were decisively beaten by Leon in the Liga MX final.

MEXICO CITY -- Leon had less than ten clear-cut chances on goal in the 180 minutes that encompassed the Liga MX Apertura 2013 final. They scored five. America easily had twice the total opportunities in front of William Yarbrough's net over the course of those same two games. They scored once.

In a nutshell, that tells the story of Club America's ultimately unsuccessful run towards history, and dashes the hopes of a fairy tale ending to an era that has rejuvenated the giant's standing as one of the top teams in Mexico and CONCACAF. Continue Reading...