Club America Riding High Again
The Mexican Apertura tournament is well underway and previously struggling America is back on top of its group and riding high. America, one of the best supported domestic clubs on the planet had endured a shameful stretch over the past year and a half, which saw the (arguably) biggest club in the CONCACAF region threatened by relegation entering the 2009-10 season.
America’s took the top position in Group 2, overtaking Monterrey after a 5-0 thrashing of Tecos. America is led by Salvador Cabanas, the 2007 South American player of the year and key member of Paraguay’s National Team, which has already qualified for the 2010 World Cup. With Pavel Pardo frozen out of El Tri by Javier Aguirre, he has been able to give his focus and energy to captaining America, and returning the club to its rightful place among Mexico’s elite.
But the new America, features a younger core of players, mostly Mexican that have restored the club’s good name. Memo Ochoa is well known to all fans of football in North America, but the names Arnhold Rivas, Enrique Esqueda, and Juan Carlos Silva represent America’s bright present and even perhaps brighter future. All three Mexican youngsters are under the age of 21 and have significant youth national team experience.
America gave us a taste of what was to be this season with two victories over top Serie A sides in this summer’s World Football Challenge. Now America is reminding the rest of Mexican Football that you cannot keep a massive club down for long.