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In the last five meetings between these two sides, both teams have two wins each with the other game ending in a draw. The last meeting was in the Clausura earlier this year in March, which saw Club America run out 3-0 winners.
Roger Martínez, Diego Valdés and Alejandro Zendejas scored for Club America in the match back in March. All three goals came inside the first 18 minutes of the game, and the match was one-sided from start to finish. The away side did not manage a single shot on goal, while the home side were on a roll and managed 15 shots, with 10 on target.
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In the last meeting in Apertura, Toluca ran out the winners in comfortable fashion. Haret Ortega handed them the lead in the 2nd minute of the game, but they could not hold on to it for long. Henry Martín equalized within 4 minutes, and the game looked set to be an end-to-end affair.
Braian Samudio restored the lead for Toluca in the 38th minute, and they managed to keep themselves ahead until half-time. The second half did not start as planned, as Claudio Baeza was sent off for a second bookable foul. Despite going down to ten men in the 56th minute, Haret Ortega scored his second of the game 5 minutes later to give them a 3-1 lead and seal the win.
Sebastián Cáceres was sent off for the away side to level things up on the pitch in terms of players, but that was not the case on the scoreboard. Toluca had the chance to add another as they were handed a late penalty, but Rubens Sambueza missed his shot. It did not end up costing them anything as the home side held on to their two-goal lead and walked away with all three points.
Club América finished on top of the table in the 2021-22 Apertura season, but could not go on to win the title. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Pumas UNAM, and this time around, they will be aiming to go all the way. Their start, however, is more reminiscent of the Clausura season they just had, where they had to claw back from bottom of the table to make it to the playoffs.
They have made good signings in the transfer window with the arrival of Jonathan Rodríguez from Al-Nassr FC and Néstor Araújo from Celta de Vigo. The Liga MX side have also secured the signature of Jürgen Damm after he was released by Atlanta United earlier this year. Meanwhile, Emilio Lara and Fernando Tapia have been promoted from the U20 side.
There have been a few outgoing players as well, with Mauro Laínez moving to FC Juarez and Jordan Silva getting released along with Antonio López. Juan Otero and Alan Medina are also missing from last season’s squad as they returned to their respective clubs following the expiry of their loan.
While the signings have been good, the players have not gelled together quickly. They are yet to win a game this season and have picked up just one point from their first two matches. In the first game, Club America were up against Atlas and were held to a goalless draw. They had 54% of the possession, 16 shots, and more chances created but could not find the back of the net. The defense did well as they allowed just one shot on goal and kept the Atlas attackers at bay.
In the second game, they were beaten by Monterrey. Stefan Medina handed the home side the lead in the 9th minute before Jonathan Rodríguez, and Alejandro Zendejas scored quickly to make it 2-1 in Club America’s favor before half time. The second half saw a different story, as Club America continued to dominate possession but conceded two goals and went behind. Maximiliano Meza and Rodrigo Aguirre scored for the home side, and Fernando Ortiz’s side had to walk away without a point.
Roger Martínez is ruled out with a knee injury and is expected back only in September.
Toluca made too many mistakes towards the end of the 2021-22 Liga MX Apertura and that saw them finish 6th. Despite having a great chance of qualifying for the quarterfinals directly, they went winless in their last five matches and missed out by four points. The poor run of form cost them dearly, as they could not get past the reclassification round, where they were beaten 2-1 by Pumas UNAM.
Keen on avoiding the same mistake this time around, Toluca have made some good signings. Jean Meneses, Carlos González, Tiago Volpi have been brought while Fernando Navarro and Sebastián Saucedo are also in on free transfers. Toluca are yet to sell a player this summer, but Alexis Canelo, Kevin Castañeda, Diego Rigonato, Adrián Mora, Iván Acero and Diego Rosales have left the club. Daniel Álvarez has also returned to Puebla FC after his loan deal expired.
Ignacio Ambriz’s men have made an excellent start to the season and won both their matches so far. They sit on top of the table along with Puebla and Pachuca right now but have scored more than the other two sides.
Toluca kicked off their season in the Apertura with a win at Club Necaxa. Leonardo Fernández and Valber Huerta handed them the lead early in the game, and Tiago Volpi made things better by saving a penalty. Fabricio Formiliano still managed to get one back for Necaxa in the first half, but Camilo Sanvezzo’s penalty in the 69th minute sealed the game. Brian Garcia did have the ball in the back of the net for the home side, but VAR ruled it out. The match ended 3-1 to Toluca, although the home side had double the goals in the game.
In their first home game of the season, Toluca were up against Atlas, and they did not disappoint their fans. Leonardo Fernández, Fernando Navarro, and Valber Huerta got on the scoresheet in the first 15 minutes of the game to hand them a comfortable 3-0 lead.
They did decide to sit back a little since, and it almost cost them. Jesús Ocejo scored in the 43rd minute to reduce the deficit, and Aldo Rocha made it 3-2 in the 84th minute to make it an exciting end. But the away side could not get another goal and had to walk away empty-handed.
No player is ruled out, but Marcel Ruíz is suspended.
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|Club América vs Toluca Information|
|Teams||Club América vs Toluca|
|Time||Wednesday, July 13 at 9 pm EST onwards|
|How to watch||Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes|
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