Tigres UANL scored a last-second equalizer to tie América 2-2 and send this semifinal to a penalty shootout; the universitarios then bested the Águilas 5-3 from the spot to earn their place in the final of the inaugural Leagues Cup.
Tigres started the game on the front foot, and their attacking pressure soon paid off. In the 14th minute, Jürgen Damm got past Jesús López on the wing and sent a low cross into the box. The unfortunate Paul Aguilar sent the ball into the back of his own net when he tried to cut out the cross, making it 0-1 for Tigres with his own-goal.
América remained perfect at home with a 1-0 victory against Monarcas Morelia. The result keeps the Águilas unbeaten in the Apertura and extends their winning streak to three games, while the michoacanos have now lost two in a row.
Morelia started the game off well, with an early chance through Fernando Aristeguieta, but he put his shot wide. América had more of the possession after that, although they struggled to do much with it; goal-scoring opportunities were few and far between for most of the first 45.
The Campeones Cup is back for its second edition. The match pits the Major League Soccer champion against the winner of Liga MX’s Campeón de Campeones, and for the 2019 edition, that means it’s Atlanta United vs Club América.
Atlanta is currently sitting in second place in MLS’s Eastern Conference with 42 points, the product of 13 wins, 3 draws, and 9 losses in their 25 games to date; they’ve won four of their last five.
The current Liga MX season started less than a month ago, but América is unbeaten so far. The Águilas are in third place with 10 points, the product of three wins and a draw.
All times Eastern, home team listed first.
Campeones Cup Wednesday, August 14 Atlanta vs América – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes / ESPN2
América remained unbeaten this season with a 0-1 away win against Toluca. The result is a second straight win for the Águilas, while the Diablos Rojos have lost two in a row and remain winless in the Apertura.
Toluca was looking to get their season on track in front of their home fans, and they created a few goal-scoring opportunities. Felipe Pardo was the most dangerous player for the hosts, but Óscar Jiménez made the necessary saves to keep the Diablos off the board.
América earned a 3-1 victory against Tijuana in their first game after the departure of Agustín Marchesín, but it wasn’t all good news for the Águilas: Nicolás Castillo suffered a fractured fibula late in the first half.
The visitors had a dangerous chance early on, with Ariel Nahuelpán’s shot from outside the box forcing a save out of Óscar Jiménez, and then Washington Camacho sending the rebound barely wide in the 3rd minute.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as León and América played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps both teams unbeaten in the Apertura 2019.
The hosts started the game off well and came close to opening the scoring in the 5th minute. Agustín Marchesín came off his line to cut out a long ball into the box, but failed to deal with it; Luis Montes got to the ball but couldn’t put it on frame.
Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as América came back for an emphatic 4-2 victory.
The game started off well for the Rayados, who took the lead in just the 7th minute. The Águilas lost the ball trying to play out of the back, and Rogelio Funes Mori took advantage to slip in behind the defense and make it 0-1 for Monterrey.