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Club America: Liga MX’s Only True Giant

Club America during their TOUR AGUILA at Dignity Health Sports Park | Photo by Jorge Galvez for The Stoppage Time | March 23, 2019
Club America: Liga MX’s Only True Giant

With the ever growing expansion and popularity of World Football, there are always fan bases that can’t help themselves and start comparing their favorite club in their domestic league to the all-time great clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United among others. This gives way to fans categorizing certain popular and successful teams as giants of their respective leagues. Club America, in Mexico, is one of those teams.

For example, in Mexico’s Liga MX it is not uncommon for the media to enlist Club America, Guadalajara, Cruz Azul and Pumas UNAM as Mexico’s giants. They are the most popular and successful teams in the league’s history so there are valid reasons to sustain those arguments but being categorized as such and acting as such are two very different things.

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Club America winger Jeremy Menez celebrates towards the crowd | Photo by Jorge Galvez for The Stoppage Time | March 23, 2019

Cruz Azul has spent millions of dollars over the past 22 years in hopes of building up a team capable of once again winning the domestic championship, something that has eluded them since 1997, even losing their most recent six league finals. On the other hand, Pumas UNAM and Guadalajara have had ups and downs, unbecoming of so called giants by the way, that have earned them both championship glory and fear of relegation over the last couple of decades.

And then there is Club America. The current reigning Liga MX title holders have made it a goal to always perform and represent the absolute best.  That is how they have only missed one set of playoffs since 2012, the least of any domestic club in that time range. Unlike their counterparts, Club America’s head honchos are not afraid of using the words “Failure” and “Obligation” in their vocabulary, thus placing added pressure on the head coach, players, staff and even the fan base to bring the results necessary to maintain their self-given title of “El Mas Grande/The Giant.”

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Club America goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin warming up | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | July 16, 2017

The head coach, whoever it may be at the time, knows that there is absolutely no margin for error in Club America’s season, something that he transmits and expects from his players. Players that, I might add, are always some of the best in the league. Agustin Marchesin is widely considered the best goalkeeper in the league, Paul Aguilar is one of the best right defensive wings when there is a shortage of talented players in his position, not to mention their frightening offensive line that includes Renato Ibarra, Nicolas Castillo, Henry Martin and Roger Martinez.

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Andres Ibarguen of Club America dribbling past Club Atlas defender | Photo by Jorge Galvez for The Stoppage Time | March 23, 2019

Since January of 2012, Club America has won three Domestic League Championships, 2 CONCACAF Champions Leagues, defeated their hated rivals in the most amount of derbies and this Wednesday could add a Copa MX to their trophy case if they beat FC Juarez in the Final. If they do win said domestic cup, they would not have only established themselves as the club with the most league titles (13) and CONCACAF titles (7) , but also domestic cup titles (6*) in Liga MX history.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Club America expects nothing but greatness from everyone involved, something that can’t be said about the rest of Mexico’s so-called giants, and that is why Club America is Liga MX’s only true giant.

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