BRIDGEVIEW, Illinois -- Federico Insua scored the
late go-ahead goal as Club America posted a 3-2 victory over
Monarcas Morelia in Wednesday's Group B SuperLiga matchup.
Insua broke a 2-2 tie when teammate Rodrigo Lopez found him for
a cross shot that sailed past Monarcas Morelia goalkeeper Moises
Munoz in the 85th minute.
The loss eliminated Monarcas Morelia and allowed D.C. United to
claim the final semifinal berth despite a 1-0 loss to the
Houston Dynamo earlier Wednesday. Club America also failed to
Insua's go-ahead goal was much needed for Club America, as it
watched Monarcas Morelia erase a 2-0 deficit during the second
Gonzalo Choy scored a goal in the 67th minute and Luis Landin
added another tally just six minutes later, beating Club America
goalkeeper Armando Navarrete to forge a tie. Landin, who set
up Choy's goal, got his own rebound and slipped it past
Navarrete for the equalizer.
Club America coach Luis Fernando Tena praised Monarcas Morelia's
ability to rally from a two-goal deficit.
"Despite having one less man, they pushed everything forward,"
Tena said through an interpreter. "They played man against man
and didn't back down at all. In the end, hopefully we
entertained the fans. It's not every time you get five goals
(in a game). ... We always take the game seriously and in the
end, fortunately, we were able to win."
In the 17th minute, Club America forward Santiago Fernandez
brought the ball down the left side, where he was met by two
defenders. Mauricio Romero tried to take the ball from
Fernandez, but it slipped away right to Juan Mosqueda, who
rifled a right-footed shot across to the far right side of Munoz
for a 1-0 lead.
After Romero was issued a red card for tripping, Salvador
Cabanas took full advantage by finding the back of the net on a
penalty kick in the 57th minute to create a 2-0 bulge.
"I think the pace was kind of slow in the first half," Munoz
said. "It changed in the second after we were one man down. It
seems like every time we have one of our guys thrown out of the
game, we start playing better, and that's what happened today
"We were two goals under and we equaled them on the scoreboard.
After that, it was tough playing with 10 guys against 11. One
of two things could happen - either we scored the third goal or
they were going to do it because they had a lot of space."
Navarrete made five saves for Club America, which earned its
only three points of the tournament with the victory.