Apertura 2017 Semifinals Game 2 Results: Tigres 3, America 0

The first ticket to the Gran Final was punched tonight, and for Tigres the three-peat is within reach. The champs easily cruised into their 3rd straight Apertura Finals with a 3-0 win over America. The first half was scoreless but Tigres took over and America fell apart after halftime-Enner Valencia scored his first of 2 goals in the 55th minute, then after play resumed Guido Rodriguez picked up his second of 2 Amarillas in the game, meaning a Rojas! HE GONE! With America now down a man, it got even worse-5 minutes later Edson Alvarez got over-aggressive & tangled up with Valencia while fighting for the ball, and Alvarez got caught kicking Valencia in the ding-ding! Which means Rojas! HE GONE! America was now TWO down! Valencia scored his 2nd a few minutes later, then Andre-Pierre Gignac scored is first of the playoffs on a PENAL! With the 4-0 total aggregate win, Tigres will now wait to find out if they will play cross-town rivals Monterrey or more distant Morelia in the finals.

Game Stats:
Goals-Enner Valencia 2 (Tigres, 55′, 71′, 2nd of playoffs), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres, 75′, 1st of playoffs, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 6, America 4
Corner Kicks-Tigres 3, America 2
Amarillas-America 5 (Guido Rodriguez, 34′, Paul Aguilar, 39′, Oribe Peralta, 61′, Agustin Marchesin, 66′, Darwin Quintero, 69′), Tigres 2 (Jesus Duenas, 33′, Jorge Torres, 45′)
Rojas-America 2 (Rodriguez, 59′, Edson Alvarez, 65′)

Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 41,580 (99.2% capacity)

Next up:
Tigres-TBA vs. Monterrey or Morelia in Finals
America-Clausura 2018 Tournament

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Apertura 2017 Semifinals Game 1 Results: Tigres 1, America 0

The semifinals began tonight with the first game of Tigres-America, a rematch of last year’s Apertura 2016 Gran Final. It was, as expected, a physical & spirited game that was very close all the way, but in the end the champs came away with a 1-0 win on the road. The difference was an Anselmo Junior PENAL! in the 48th minute. With the victory, and more importantly the road goal, Tigres heads home with a huge advantage in Game 2, and as of now virtually every tiebreaker. America must win Game 2 by at least 2 goals to prevent the champs from moving one step away from the Apertura 3-peat.

Game Stats:
Goals-Anselmo Junior (Tigres, 48′, 1st of playoffs, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 5, America 2
Corner Kicks-Tigres 8, America 4
Amarillas-Tigres 3 (Rafael De Souza, 18′, Jorge Torres, 26′, Andre-Pierre Gignac, 68′), America 3 (Bruno Valdez, 48′, Paul Aguilat, 59′, Agustin Marchesin, 90+2′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 31,566 (38.9% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Saturday at Tigres

Apertura 2017 Quarterfinals Game 2 Results: America 0, Cruz Azul 0

The final quarterfinals game is now in the books, and America & Cruz Azul played a near-copy of their first game-lots of intensity, scoring chances & near-misses and all kinds of drama that ended in another 0-0 tie. Both teams has numerous scoring chances but just could not put the ball in the net. 95 minutes solved nothing. Because there was no score and thus all the tiebreakers were even at 0, it came down to regular season ranking, meaning because they were #3 America wins (Cruz Azul was #6). They will play Tigres in the semifinals while Morelia plays Monterrey.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nil
Shots on Goal-America 2
Corner KIcks-Cruz Azul 8, America 3
Amarillas-America 2 (Oribe Peralta, 26′ Miguel Samudio, 86′), Cruz Azul 2 (Julian Velazquez, 53′, Francisco Silva, 74′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 48,391 (59.6% capacity)

Next up:
America-TBA vs. Tigres in Semifinals
Cruz Azul-Clausura 2018 Tournament

Apertura 2017 Quarterfinals Game 1 Results: Cruz Azul 0, America 0

The second half of the quarterfinals started tonight with Game 1 of the all-Mexico City pairing of America vs. Cruz Azul. Given their recent history the game went about as expected-lots of physical play, cards & stout defense but thus no offense, as they played to a 0-0 tie. America had the best chance to score in the first half but Oribe Peralta couldn’t score on a PENAL! in the 37th minute. America lost the attrition battle though, as in the 29th minute Mateus Uribe picked up the second of 2 Amarillas and thus a Rojas! HE GONE! Then as second half regular time ended, Edson Alvarez followed suit with 2 Amarillas and thus a Rojas! HE GONE! Although the America defense kept Cruz Azul off the board despite the 1 & 2-man deficits, they will be short both players in the second game. The score also means it will be winner-take-all in Game 2, and it could very well wind up coming down to penalty kicks.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nil
Shots on Goal-Cruz Azul 1, America 1
Corner Kicks-Cruz Azul 10, America 6
Amarillas-America 4 (Mateus Uribe, 5′, Paul Aguilar, 71′, Edson Alvarez, 79′, Bruno Valdez, 87′), Cruz Azul 3 (Gabriel Penalba, 12′, Enzo Roco Roco, 24′, Francisco Silva, 71′)
Rojas-America 2 (Uribe, 29′, Alvarez, 89′)

Venue: Estadio Azul, Mexico City
Attendance: 22,889 (69.3% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Sunday at America

Apertura 2017 Week 17 Results: America 1, Santos 0

The Apertura 2017 regular season came to a close tonight with Santos hosting America in the final game, the outcome of which would finalize the 2 unsettled playoff pairings. After a near-stalemate throughout, America got a late breakthrough to take a 1-0 victory on the road. Guido Rodriguez ended, stat-wise, a very disappointing first half with his first and only goal of the tournament in the 80th minute. On paper he was a bust of sorts after leaving Tijuana after 6 goals and Defensive Player of the Year honors to follow old coach Miguel Herrera to America. Rodriguez’s first half line: 13 games, 1 goal, 5 Amarillas, 2 Rojas.
As a result, America will finish the regular season 3rd and will play Mexico City rival Cruz Azul in the Quarterfinals, while the 4-5 matchup will be Morelia-Toluca.

Game Stats:
Goals-Guido Rodriguez (America, 80′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-America 1, Santos 1
Corner Kicks-Santos 6, America 4
Amarillas-Santos 2 (Osvaldo Martinez, 38′, Nestor Araujo, 68′), America 2 (Bruno Valdez, 56′, Oribe Peralta, 83′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: 27,849 (95.2% capacity)

Next up:
America-Cruz Azul in quarterfinals
Santos-Clausura 2018 Tournament

Women’s Apertura 2017 Semifinals Game 2 Results: Guadalajara 2, America 2

The second half of the women’s semifinals started earlier today with America hosting Guadalajara with the first finals berth on the line. America was trying to rally from a Game 1 loss to advance but was unable to as both sides played to a 2-2 tie. Brenda Viramontes scored in the 9th minute to give Guadalajara an early 1-0 lead, with no further scoring until the second half. In the 52nd minute, Norma Duarte scored to make it 2-0 Guadalajara before Dayana Cazeres got America on the board in the 57th minute. Betsy Cuevas tied it with an 87th minute goal for the tie. But it was nowhere near enough as thanks to a 4-2 Game 1 win, the Chivas women win by a 6-4 total and advance to the finals to play Tigres or Pachuca.

Game Stats:
Goals-Brenda Viramontes (Guadalajara, 9′), Norma Duarte (Guadalajara, 52′), Dayana Cazeres (America, 57′), Betsy Cuevas (America, 87′)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Nil
Amarillas-Nil
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: TBA

Next up:
Guadalajara-TBA vs. Pachuca or Tigres in Finals
America-Clausura 2018 Tournament

Apertura 2017 Week 16 Results: America 1, Puebla 1

In the first of 2 Saturday night games, America hosted Puebla with a chance to move into a tie for 2nd and clinch a playoff berth. For a while it looked like that would happen but Puebla continued to mess things up for top teams by rallying late to spoil the hosts’ party with a 1-1 tie. Mateus Uribe put America ahead with a 36th minute goal, which looked like it would hold up, but late substitute Felix Micolta headed in the game-tying goal for Puebla in the 83rd minute, and that’s how it would finish. For now America is denied a playoff spot despite moving into 3rd place and can still get in this weekend, but they will need help in the form of Toluca losing at Veracruz tomorrow. Otherwise they have to beat Santos in their final game to be in for sure. As for Puebla, their finale will be for local bragging rights against crosstown rival-for-now Lobos.

Game Stats:
Goals-Mateus Uribe (America, 36′, 3rd of tournament), Felix Micolta (Puebla, 83′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-America 2
Corner Kicks-Puebla 4, America 3
Amarillas-Puebla 1 (Hugo Rodriguez, 67′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: TBA

Next up:
America-at Santos (11/19)
Puebla-Lobos (11/17)