The streets of Mexico City are certainly lively right now, as the fans of Club America just witnessed their team win a 12th La Liga MX title by defeating Tigres UANL 3-1 on aggregate.
In the first leg of the championship, Tigres edged America, 1-0, thanks to Joffre Guerrón’s 64th-minute goal.
The magnanimity of this second leg, though, appeared to reinvigorate the Eagles en route to their 3-0 victory.
For Tigres, ending the season without a trophy was a bitter way to end a magnificent 15-game unbeaten run, but three second-half red cards–one to Darío Burbano in the 64th minute, another to Ariel Alvarez in the 67th minute, and the last given to Nahuel Guzman in the 72nd minute–essentially grounded any hopes of a comeback.
Michael Arroyo struck an excellent left-footer that beat Tigres’ goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman in the 36th minute for the match’s first goal. It was a great individual effort from Arroyo, who forced a turnover, advanced forward on his own and capped the sequence with a eye-catching strike at the near post.
About 30 minutes later, Pablo Aguilar stretched the scoreline to 2-0 by converting a set-piece ball from Rubens Sambueza, and Mexican international Oribe Peralta supplied a crafty finish near the outskirts of the box to hand America the trophied achievement.
2 Robbies: Manchester Derby, Liverpool win, draws for Chelsea, Arsenal
Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle look back at a defining derby match between Man City and Man United (00:30), Liverpool’s comfortable win against Fulham (25:45), the stalemate between Chelsea and Everton (31:30) and a hard fought match between Arsenal and Wolves (41:30).
The XI is set in a 3-4-3, with the New York Red Bulls, DC United, and Atlanta United leading the way with a pair of players each.
My predictions? Well, I only got six correct. Whoops. The only absence that really surprises me is Graham Zusi, and Sporting KC not having representation at all. I guess that explains why SKC manager Peter Vermes is going to be announced as the next USMNT– Wait, what’s that? Oh. I’ll stop talking.
2018 MLS Best XI
Goalkeeper: Zack Steffen (Columbus)
Defenders: Kemar Lawrence (RBNY), Aaron Long (RBNY), Chad Marshall (Seattle)
Midfielders: Miguel Almiron (Atlanta), Luciano Acosta (DC), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal), Carlos Vela (LAFC)
Serie A lags behind other top European league in TV money, which has hindered its ability to recruit top end talent relative to its competitors.
Ricci says if American sports see value in bringing their top leagues to Europe, it holds that the reverse would be true. From the BBC:
“If we look at some other more developed leagues in terms of commercial strategy; the NBA and NFL, they are exporting one or two of their matches abroad, to the UK or elsewhere in Europe. I think it is a good strategy. It is a way to export something that is not an exhibition.”
Would a regular season match bring any more eyes or attention than the International Champions Cup, at least enough to offset the sacrifice of atmosphere? It seems doubtful, but the money is the key here. Italy wants to catch up with Spain, Germany, and England.