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Leagues Cup

Club America coach Miguel Herrera admitted that his team didn’t give its best performance against the Houston Dynamo Wednesday night in the Leagues Cup quarterfinal.

Nevertheless, Herrera highlighted the fact that the goal of advancing to the next stage of the tournament was achieved despite the complicated match.

“It was a very disputed game, I knew they were a team that’s very strong playing at home. We didn’t have a good game tonight, but we got the result (we wanted)”, said Herrera. “We were coming off a very tough game in our league and then we had to travel over here.”

“But we’re in the next round and we need to keep improving.”

‘El Piojo’ went on to explain how two factors made it harder for ‘Las Aguilas’ to beat Houston 6-5 in a dramatic penalty shootout after playing to a 1-1 draw in regulation time.

The first factor had to do with the quality of their opponent.

“They fielded a team that ran, fought, and hustled in every single play,” Herrera said, while also highlighting the match ball used at BBVA Compass Stadium.

“The ball is a little bit different from what we use in Mexico. You’ve got to get a rhythm with that ball”, explained Herrera, a two-time Liga MX winner as head coach. “Our guys started sending passes that were 50/50 for both teams. They went too high, like Nico Castillo’s first free kick, he almost sent his shot to the second row.”

“Honestly, they got into a bit of a rhythm with the ball and then it was a matter of concentration.”