By DAN KARELL
The Americas capture the world’s attention in soccer matches on Thursday, with a Liga MX playoff final, Copa Libertadores duals, and a high powered international friendly on tap.
Club America and their strike duo of Christian Benitez and Raul Jimenez travel ten miles up the road to face their Mexico City rivals Cruz Azul in the first-leg of the Liga MX Clausura playoffs finals.
Cruz Azul have only failed to pick up three points in a match once since the start of April, but they meet their match in America, who have managed to put goals in the back of the net despite poor performances in defense at times.
Also in Mexico, Club Tijuana host Ronaldinho and Atletico Mineiro in a crucial first-leg quarterfinal match in the Copa Libertadores. In Argentina, a battle between Buenos Aires and Rosario ensues as Boca Juniors host Newell’s Old Boys.
Chelsea take on Manchester City in a friendly match at a sold out Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.
Enjoy the action (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump):
8:30pm – Fox Deportes – Club Tijuana vs. Atletico Mineiro
8:30pm – ESPN2/ESPN3 – Chelsea vs. Manchester City
10pm – ESPN2/ESPN3 – Cruz Azul vs. Club America
Corona is making amazing save after save for La Máquina, idk how Memo’s season was but he has serious competition this summer
We’ll I watched it for the Americans and they did well
They did good, I’m good
Wow the equalizer in,stoppage for the brazilians
Heartbreaker for the Xolos. They are rueing all of those misses now.
Collapse in TJ
Cruz Azul makes it 1-0 in 19′
Tijuana’s CB Gandolfi has been the MVP of the second half for sure
Joe corona,caught it in the 15 yard box with a clear chance at goal but his touch,let him down,and he squandered the chance
I have the sound of the Xolos match on while I watch the friendly in St. Louis. It’s getting confusing at times.
Corner for Tijuana in the 76th
Castillo,with a shot from 30 yards out but nowhere on target
Corona and Castillo operating on the left for Tijuana now
And corona,is on in the 71st
Here comes Joe.
So glad tijuana a f*ck up wasn’t castillos fault. 2-1 Courtesy of Arce
Away goal for Mineiro
Nice cut off on a long ball from Castillo to,force it out for,a,throw in the 59th
Sorry. Not him
That play came from the right and if Castillo makes that run down the left wing he’s in on goal alone. Though the camera never really shows if that was his run or the LM/LW’s run to make.
….and as I post they go and make it 2-zip!
I still feel like they should be routing this Brazilian side. Tijuana looks very good tonight.
And 2-0 Tijuana . Easy tap in for the Ecuadorean Fidel Martinez
If the Xolos crash out of the Copa it will be because of some horrendous finishing this should be 4 – nil.
And a combination of a complete meltdown in brazil
Castillos take away in the half starts a,break away that almost leads to a goal
Good D,by Castillo to force,the corner to,start,the,second
During the halftime of the Chelsea v Man City game, they went to Alexi Lalas for his opinion on JK’s roster choices for the upcoming games. Interesting to me was he talked about Stu Holden as if he would play over these next few games. Said how interesting he would be to watch and how great it would be if he played at the level he was at 2 years ago. I can never really take what Lalas says seriously, I just wonder how close (or not close at all) he is to the situation to talk like that.
Anyone else watching the game see that?
Yeah I saw that. I didn’t give it much weight though because he has no idea what JK’s intentions are. He’s just giving his opinion.
Alexis and Taylor tellman,are exactly what they call themselves on there podcast: fat red head and lack there of a head.
“Stay true to the American identity”. What!?!
Not ’94 anymore boys
Booming down the wing
Gonna score some goals
On a more serious note…the kid looks pretty good out there tonight. The Brazilians are fouling pretty hard and Gaoucho has had a dive or two.
Yea that sounds about right
And for all the naysayers to castillos inclusion in us camps for the past two years. This IS Castillo! He’s been this for two years!
Fernando Arce gets it all wrong in a clear cut,chance to make it 2-0.
Nothing but Tijuana in the first half. Hats off to the,supposed underdogs
I’m really surprised with the activity level on this page.
This is as big as any yank abroad in a European competition and with the lack of soccer tonight. Suprising.
Speaks to the demographics of the site really.
As well as the coverage available to us. If Central and South American was covered as well (in English) I’d be more willing to check it out, at least the big games. I feel the same way about Asia too, but that’s more because I’ve been to a couple K-League games rather than its really high level. Either way, go Xolos!
Advice? If the the confusion from the language is too much, just mute the tv. I’ve done it plenty of times with Taylor tellman.
I don’t quite speak concussion syndrome.
Zing! (But I meant more coverage as in blogs and news so you feel more invested in what you’re watching.)
Now I see. Well again IMO its again demographics. How many ppl who aren’t Hispanic does the average person (or American journalist) are personally invested in Liga MX.
I should point out prominent American journalists
I’m following along! Can’t add to the conversation because I don’t have the channel but I’m highly interested/excited to hear about our two yanks and how they’re doing. All updates greatly appreciated.
; ) . If Castillo and Tijuana win the series to get to the semi finals, then he should be on every all American abroad XI of the year.
the game was not given much coverage so a lot of people probably dont know about it. I was disappointed when I was reminded upon checking that I dont get fox deportes, otherwise I would watch.
It’s so weird and I hate that this is the case. I’m getting it on basic cable for god sakes. But then again! I have the benefit, in this particular case,of living in Texas
And Tijuana takes the lead through the Colombian FW Riascos!
Nice build up
Athletics mineiro has been completely overwhelmed
I think this team is punching far above its weight.
Did u see that dominant disposes of ronaldinho?
Tijuana is convincingly playing this match with Mineiro pound for pound
glad to see castillo doing well. bummed out Corona is starting on the bench though.
Yea but I’m sure he’ll come in in the 2nd half
right, for sure. but i’m surprised he isn’t starting.
Coaches and tactics. What can u say. The man’s guided a team to a sudamerica championship though, so he must see something in it.
Like Bob Bradley and Pablo Mastroeni
…or Jurgen and Danny Williams for that matter
i know. that does not change the fact that im bummed he didn’t start. i’m not questioning the coach. not asking why. like you said, coaches make decisions and while Corona has started a lot of games, he has started on the bench a lot too.
He’s probably good enough to travel a bit farther abroad.
Just needs a few caps to his name. Here’s hoping to it!
Castillo almost opens the scoring with an attempted chip over the keeper only for it to go over
Castillo has developed nicely in the Mexican Primera.
The only reason I can imagine it hasn’t translated to the nats I can only contribute to limited appearances and,lack of developed continuity with partners on the left.
30 minutes in to the first half he’s putting in a man of the match like performance
Those Latin American leagues tend to play soft defense and allow ball movement. That’s why the best defenders in the region go overseas to develop for their national squads. The international game is much tougher on defenders.
HA! That’s not true at all, you must not watch much football from Latin America.
I do, actually. The pace of play is slower and less physical than at the international level. I’m not sure how anyone would argue otherwise…
No, the reason they go overseas is they get paid more.
Castillo is looking very good in the early going sharp first touches and nice crisp pa$$es.. What a duo he and Fabian Johnson could potentially creat on the left!
Castillo destroying through passes in the spirit of a jay demerit
Castillo destroying through balls for the opposition early on in the spirit of a jay demerit
Wow Tijuana on the forefront early on. Already a couple of quality chances at goal in the first 15. Possession is probably 70 – 30 in their favor
Castillo is looking very good in the early going sharp first touches and nice crisp passes. What a duo he and Fabian Johnson could potentially creat on the left!
Been saying this for months now.
@ives – isnt the 35 man roster for Gold Cup due at CONCACAF today? I feel that US Soccer should publish it even if CONCACAF will not.
I am looking at a sold out Busch Stadium on ESPN where Chelsea will play ManCity. Who says soccer cant make money in the USA?
U-18s tied Portugal today 1-1. still in 1st at the Lisbon International Tournament.
Lot’s of good footy on tonight. I’m looking forward to seeing our gringos play against the unmistakable Ronaldinho Gaucho.