The most successful team in Mexican soccer look to add to their trophy case as Club America look to defend their CONCACAF Champions League title against the Seattle Sounders of the MLS in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.
When it comes to Club America they’re the team everyone loves to hate in Mexico as the club motto is “Odiame Mas”, or “Hate Me More”. Based out of the Mexican capital, they play in the historic Estadio Azteca and is seen as one of the most important teams in Mexican soccer. They also hold the honor of being the more successful club in Mexico with 12 league titles and are one half of El Super Clasico, the national rivalry.
Last year, they marched their way through the CCL including a decisive 4-1 win over the Montreal Impact in the second leg of the finals to claim the trophy. The club will be just as hungry to repeat as they hope to return to the Club World Cup and redeem themselves after a poor showing.
The club is led by a lethal attack that has Mexican international Oribe Peralta at the front of the attack with Dario Benedetto, they also have depth in the front line of attack with Jesus Moreno. In the midfield, they are loaded with attacking players looking to create and make life difficult for opposing teams with Captain Rubens Sambueza, Michael Arroyo, Darwin Quintero, Oswaldo Martinez, and William da Silva are all midfielders who can bring something to the table. While Mexican international Javier Guemez can play behind them to clean up. The backline sees Paul Aguilar, Pablo Aguilar and USA International Ventura Alvarado help lead the backline along with Mexican international Moses Munoz in the goal.
While the team is one of Mexico’s best and deepest roster, they’re also one who at times can lack discipline and lose their heads if things get headed and chippy. A quarterfinals matchup against Seattle Sounders not only leaves a possibility for a great series but one that could be a handful for the refs.