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Leagues Cup

It was another busy weekend for our Leagues Cup Showcase teams across Liga MX and MLS, with some thrilling matches, including a record win for Club América. With less than a month to go until the conclusion of this season’s event, here’s how our eight sides got on over the last few days:

After beating ten-man Pachuca on the road, 3-0, on Wednesday, Club América kept what is now a four-match winning streak alive against derby rivals Cruz Azul. Playing at the Azteca on a rainy Saturday night, the Azul-Cremas thumped their city rivals, 7-0, with seven different players each scoring once. Now in fourth place with games in hand over Monterrey and Toluca, América will travel to Querétaro and Mazatlán as they seek to edge closer to top spot in the Apertura.

Atlas FC played two matches in Liga MX, hosting FC Juarez on Tuesday to kick off Jornada 9. Despite dominating large spells of the match, the hosts were unable to get past Los Bravos’ defence, and fell, 1-0. Things were slightly better on Saturday as the team were again at home, taking on Puebla at Estadio Jalisco. After conceding the opener, a goal just before halftime from Julian Quiñones was enough to earn a one-all draw before the team head to Pachuca and León in the next two rounds.

Finally, Chivas were only in action once, but turned in a strong display away to Necaxa, winning 4-0 thanks to a double from Ángel Zaldívar. Now just two points outside the playoff spots, with a game in hands, a pair of home matches against Monterrey and Pumas loom as strong opportunities for the Rojiblancos to continue climbing the table as the Liga MX season has reached the halfway point.

In MLS, while América kept their winning streak alive, LAFC finally had theirs snapped at seven. After a Kwadwo Opoku goal saw them hold off DC United on Tuesday, Steve Cherundolo’s side headed north to take on San José Earthquakes. Opoku would find the net again, but it wasn’t enough for the visitors, as Ilié Sánchez’s dismissal ten minutes from time stopped the Western Conference leaders from taking anything from the game. Still nine points clear atop the conference, LAFC head to second place Austin on Friday for a top-of-the-table clash.

Despite playing just once over the past week, LA Galaxy had enough drama in their encounter with Seattle Sounders for several matches. After goals from Chicharito and Víctor Vásquez had put the Galaxy up 2-0 at halftime, the visitors stormed back to take a 3-2 lead. A late penalty was awarded to the Galaxy, though, and Dejan Joveljic converted to pull out a point to keep them a point ahead of Seattle in the playoff race.

FC Cincinnati had a streak to keep up themselves, having gone six matches unbeaten in the league before traveling to take on NY Red Bulls. Defender Matt Miazga, newly signed from Chelsea, found the net before the Red Bulls pulled a goal back in the first half. In a tight race for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, Cincinnati are now just a point off the pace as they head north to take on intrastate rivals, 2021 Campeones Cup winners Columbus Crew, on Saturday.

Nashville SC joined Chivas in winning 4-0, thrashing third place FC Dallas thanks in part to a double from Hany Mukhtar, who now sits as the league’s second-leading scorer with sixteen goals for the season. Finally, Real Salt Lake were at home to fellow playoff hopeful Vancouver Whitecaps, and despite being pegged back late on, earned a vital one-all draw to keep themselves ahead of the Canadian side with just eight matches to play.