FC Juarez Hosts Club America Tonight In Official League Match
This is it, moments like these is why Mountain-Star Sports Group and a few other prominent families from Ciudad Juarez paid approximately 30 million dollars earlier this summer to secure a spot in Liga BBVA, Mexico's premier soccer division. Today Bravos de FC Juarez will host Club America in an official Liga BBVA match at Benito Juarez Olympic Stadium.
This will be the third time the Bravos will face Club America in the franchise's 5 year history. The first time they met was exactly one year ago to the day in the round of 16 of the 2018 apertura edition of the Copa MX in Mexico City at Azteca Stadium were America plays their home games. FC Juarez won in a penalty kick shootout. The most hated team in Mexican soccer came to the Borderland just this past spring the play in the final of the 2019 clausura edition of the Copa MX, America lifted the cup defeating the Bravos 1-0.
However, this official league match that is scheduled to kick off at 6pm MST and will be televised nationally across the United States on Televisa/Univision Deportes Network (TUDN), has a different feel. While yes, there may only be 3 points on the line, they are an important and vital 3 points for both teams.
Club America for all its grandeur, is currently struggling coming into the Borderland. It has not won a match in their last 5 contests, accumulating a record of 1 loss and 4 draws over that span. Head coach Miguel Herrera commented earlier in the week to ESPN that this was not a match that the powerhouse franchise could overlook.
He commented, “We can't be overconfident. You are overconfident and all of a sudden you will find yourself with a loss you didn't think you would have at the beginning of the season. We have to focus on a team that is fighting to avoid relegation and maintain itself in first division. We will go at them with everything we have to get those points on the road that we have not obtained at home recently.”
FC Juarez will come in to tonight's match motivated and on a high from their Sunday victory against Veracruz. The team from the Borderland is perfectly aware of their rival, what they mean and their significance. Looking ahead to tonight's match, Bravos head coach Gabriel Caballero commented the following, “Regardless of the rough patch that Club America has be going through recently, Club America is Club America and they will always be one difficult rival. Our focus will have to be intensified, paying attention to the smallest of details will be vital to get the win.”
Tonight's match is sold out. Tickets on the secondary market are going for as much as $200.