By DAN KARELL
Club America achieved history on Sunday night.
In the famous and revered Estadio Azteca, America came back from a one-goal deficit in the series to defeat Tigres UANL, 3-1, in aggregate, and 3-0 on the evening and win the Liga MX Apertura championship. The win gave America their 12th title, overtaking Chivas de Guadalajara as Mexico’s most successful club side in domestic league competition.
America started the match on a positive note as Michael Arroyo blistered past the Tigres defense on a solo run to tie the series score. Arroyo stole the ball inside Tigres’ half in the 36th minute and went past his first man before speeding past Hugo Ayala and firing past Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman.
The hosts grabbed full control of the series in the 61st minute as defender Paul Aguilar sent a looping header in for a goal to give America a 2-1 lead, as the Azteca erupted in celebration.
The match descended into chaos following the goal with Tigres losing their cool following a series of red cards. First Dario Burbano, who came on as a sub in the 63rd minute, was shown a straight red for taking down Miguel Layun on a breakaway, no more than 30 to 40 seconds after entering the match for American midfielder Jose Torres.
A few minutes later, Damian Alvarez was given an early bath as he was sent off for kicking out at an America player. In the 72nd minute, Guzman completed the embarrassment and was shown his second yellow card of the match for fouling Arroyo in the box, though the whistle had already blown.
Oribe Peralta, America’s summer blockbuster addition, finished off the visitors with a nice goal in the 78th minute off the half-volley, as America took a 3-0 lead over eight-men Tigres.
The title was the first for American-born defender Ventura Alvarado, who was inserted into the starting lineup during the Liga MX players and played strong all the way through the final.