SCCL View: Club America
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Club America’s Oribe Peralta (pictured) has scored 22 goals in Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League play. (Photo: Mexsport)

In the thirteenth of a series of articles taking a closer look at each of the 16 teams in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL), CONCACAF.com goes in-depth on Club America.

CLUB AMERICA/MEXICO

By The Numbers

2017 Apertura Record: W9 D3 L5 GF23 GA18

Final Position (Regular Season): 3rd Place

Final Position (Playoffs): Semifinals

Playoff Results: Quarterfinals (agg: 0-0 v Cruz Azul, advanced by virtue of having a better regular-season record); Semifinals (agg: 0-4 v Tigres) 

Top Scorer (Regular Season): Oribe Peralta, 6 goals

Season Summary

Miguel Herrera’s return as manager brought about a return to the playoffs for the Aguilas, after a ninth-place finish saw them miss out on 2016 Clausura postseason pay.  In four playoff matches, however, Club America did not score. 

Season Highlight

For Club America fans, it doesn’t get much better than a win over Guadalajara and that’s what they celebrated on October 18.  Oribe Peralta (71’) and Renato Ibarra (73’) struck two minutes apart in the second half to erase a one-goal deficit in a 2-1 win.  The Aguilas have an 82W-72D-74L edge in a series that dates back to 1943.

Key Player: Oribe Peralta

For the second straight campaign, the veteran forward was Club America’s leading scorer. The captain followed an eight-goal campaign in the 2016 Clausura with six goals to help secure a third-place finish and a playoff berth.

Player to Watch in 2018: Diego Lainez   

One of the most exciting young players in Mexico, Diego Lainez made his Liga MX debut – as a 16-year-old – on March 4, 2017, against Leon.  The pacey, left-footed midfielder/forward has made 15 total league appearances.  He appeared in four games for Mexico in 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, scoring two goals in a 3-2 loss to eventual-champion England.

Fabulous Facts

The magic number for Club America in the 2017 Apertura was two…as in goals conceded. When that happened the Aguilas were 0W-1D-4L.  In addition, Club America posted twice as many wins on the road (6) than at its Estadio Azteca home (3), where it generated only nine goals in seven games.

SCCL Round of 16 Outlook

In the 2018 SCCL, Club America – the record holder with seven CONCACAF club championships -- will be looking to equal Monterrey for the most titles in the competition’s history with three.  The Aguilas will open play in the Round of 16 against Saprissa, which they overcame in the 2014/15 quarterfinals, 5-0 on aggregate.  Overall, in six all-time SCC matches against Costa Rican opposition, Club America is 3W-0D-3L.

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