• Saturday Feb 20, 2016

    Club America looks to build on form ahead of SCCL

    Club America (pictured) trains ahead of its Liga MX Clausura match against Mexico City-rival Cruz Azul. (Photo: Mexsport)

    MEXICO CITY -- Before Club America returns to the defense of its Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) title next week, Saturday’s Liga MX Clausura match against visiting Cruz Azul is the first order of business.

    On the strength of a three-game unbeaten streak, the Aguilas have climbed into fourth place. A 1-1 draw at winless Veracruz in their outing, though, has left them somewhat wary, especially with the SCCL quarterfinal opener at the Seattle Sounders on Tuesday.

    “It’s true that we wanted another result against Veracruz, but this string of games comes at a good time,” said defender Paul Aguilar, who will play in his 300th first-division match if he takes the field against La Maquina. “We want to return to Japan (for the FIFA Club World Cup). Then, it is also important to have good matches in CONCACAF.”

    In three outings at the Estadio Azteca this season, Club America has posted a 1W-1D-1L record. The three teams above it – and even four below it -- in the table have all have more home victories.

    Thanks to a confidence boosting 2-0 triumph over Santos in the last match at venerable venue, goalkeeper Moises Muñoz believes that the 12-time Mexican champion has rediscovered the winning formula.

    “We must face this game with the same intensity and the same desire as we have done in previous matches,” the 36-year-old stressed. “I think the most important thing for us is to keep winning in our stadium and with our people.”

    Seventh-place Cruz Azul has yet to win on the road (0W-2D-1L), but that means little ahead of a Mexico City derby.

    “While maintaining order, communication and forcefulness in all areas, we will have a good chance to get the win,” finished Muñoz. “We are on our home field and that forces us to go find the game.”

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