The hosts had their chances; Unai Bilbao came within inches of giving San Luis the lead with his header that crashed against the crossbar, and Ian González had a pair of chances as well, only for Alfredo Saldívar to make the necessary saves.
The conditions left the field sloppy and, as is typical for the first game of the season, play was somewhat disjointed. The Bravos had the better of it in the opening minutes, but Atlas soon took control.
The Poblanos were looking to make their home field advantage count and they had a promising start. In the 14th minute, Lucas Cavallini took the ball down the center and played in Christian Tabó on the right; he rounded the onrushing goalkeeper and sent the ball into the net to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
The Disciplinary Committee report that Andrés Mosquera, Víctor Velázquez, Vladimir Loroña, and Rodrigo Noya all have one-game suspensions earned at the end of the Clausura 2019 season to be served.
On the other hand, Atlético San Luis will have Nicolás Ibáñez available for the start of the Apertura 2019 as his suspension was earned while playing in Ascenso MX before the club earned promotion; suspensions do not carry over from one league or competition to another, but rather must be served in the competition in which they were earned.
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Voit has introduced a new match ball for Liga MX, Liga MX Femenil, Ascenso MX, and the Copa MX, which will be used during the Apertura 2019 seasons: the LOXUS.
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The LOXUS, inspired by the ancient Mayan text of Popul Vuh, features a blue colorway with designs inspired by the Mayan calendar, and is being promoted with the slogan “Game of Gods”.
The game started out with both teams battling for control; play was concentrated in midfield and there were few goal-scoring chances of note. Tigres had a promising-looking attack in the 12th minute, but as Lucas Zelarayán prepared to shoot, Bruno Valdez sent the ball out for a corner.
La Máquina looked dangerous from the beginning, with their first good chance coming in the 3rd minute; on the counterattack, Roberto Alvarado found Édgar Méndez, but his shot went over the bar. Then, in the 17th minute, Yosimar Yotún forced a good save out of Hugo González as Cruz Azul continued to look for the opener.
The SuperCopa MX will open the doubleheader, with Cruz Azul, the winners of the Apertura 2018 Copa MX, against Necaxa, the 2018 SuperCopa champion. Necaxa earned their spot because the Clausura 2019 Copa MX winner, América, is playing in the Campeón de Campeones game.
América earned a spot in the “champion of champions” game by winning the Apertura 2018 league title; they will face the Clausura 2019 winners, Tigres UANL, in the second game of the doubleheader.
Mexico holds the record for Gold Cup titles with seven, but the US would match that mark with a victory in this one. The US are also the reigning champions after beating Jamaica 2-1 in the 2017 edition.
On the other hand, these two have faced each other five times in Gold Cup finals, with Mexico winning the title four of those times, including 2011, which is the last time both CONCACAF giants made the final.