Club America Wins Copa MX, But FC Juarez Shines in Loss
Club America, arguably Mexico's most popular soccer team, defeated Bravos de FC Juarez by the score of 1-0 in the final of the 2019 clausura edition of the Copa MX Wednesday Night at Benito Juarez Olympic Stadium.
The lone goal in that match came when a penalty kick was called in favor of America when Bravos defender Christian Perez made contact with America forward Henry Martin after Martin had lost possession of the ball and any legitimate chance on goal had gone by the wayside.
Victor Emanuel Aguilera would score on the penalty kick for visiting side.
A shot on goal by America in the 8th minute of play that would give FC Juarez goalkeeper Ivan Vazquez Mellado his only real save of the match, would be the only other play worth noting as far was Club America's offensive production went.
FC Juarez outplayed and outperformed the team from Mexico City in every statistical category. The team from the Borderland dominated possession, had more corner kicks, and generated more opportunities on goal and had more shots on goal than their rival. However, that season long theme for the Bravos came back to haunt them, their inability to put the ball in the back of the net.
Bravos had a few opportunities that were inches off from giving them the equalizer. Most notably a shot on goal by Leandro Carrijo on a thru run in stoppage time of the first half and direct kick from goalkeeper Mellado in the 66th minute of play.
In the final analysis, Club America, did not play to the level of “gradeur” that is given by its hated fan base, and what you saw on the pitch Wednesday night was most definitely not a team who's current payroll is 82.6 million dollars (Club America) have its way with a team whose payroll is 11.5 million dollars (FC Juarez).
Yes, Club America scored the match's lone goal giving them their 6th Copa MX title, their first since 1974. However, I insist, America fans have little to be celebrating about especially considering the fact that their beloved team won this cup not playing better FC Juarez...far from it actually, making it easier to see that America's perception of “greatness” by their fans, at least in last night match, may be only in their heads because it sure wasn't reality.