With just ten days to go until the exciting conclusion of the Leagues Cup Showcase, here’s how our sides did this weekend, from Club América continuing their incredible winning run, to FC Cincinnati scoring six goals in MLS action.
Simply incredible, there’s little more to say about Club América. Memo Ochoa’s side has now won an amazing nine matches in a row, and now sit level on points with Monterrey atop the Apertura, with a game in hand. Ahead of their trip to take on Nashville at GEODIS Park next week, they beat San Luis, 3-0, last Tuesday before winning at Necaxa on Saturday, 2-1. A pair of home matches against Santos Laguna and fellow Leagues Cup Showcase participant Chivas de Guadalajara remain between now and their trip north of the border, and Los Águilas will be eager to keep top spot ahead of the Liguilla.
Those same Chivas also got wins in both of their Liga MX matches — 2-1 in in Tijuana and 1-0 at home to Puebla. Now in seventh place, Los Rojiblancos are all but assured of a place in the Liguilla, but will be hoping to improve their positioning before hosting Tigres tomorrow and América at the weekend. After they face FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium on the 21st, a final match away to Cruz Azul remains in the regular season.
Atlas have had a difficult Apertura off the back of winning both league titles last season, but despite having lost to Mazatlán and San Luis, they still have every opportunity of taking home a trophy as they head to New York to take part in the Campeones Cup, where they’ll face New York City FC at Yankee Stadium. They’ll then wrap up the 2022 Leagues Cup Showcase by traveling to take on Real Salt Lake on the 22nd.
Their hosts will be eager to get a win over Atlas, even as they seek to seal a place in the playoffs for themselves. After a scoreless draw against DC United on Saturday, Pablo Mastroeni's side remains in seventh place with just four league matches remaining. A draw was all two fellow Western Conference playoff hopefuls could muster Saturday in Nashville, as Hany Mukhtar’s opener was canceled out by a stoppage time penalty from Riqui Puig.
LAFC remain atop MLS’ Western Conference, but an early red card against Ryan Hollingshead saw Steve Cherundolo’s side lose in Dallas, 2-1. Finally, FC Cincinnati stretched their unbeaten run to nine games this week. After drawing on the road to New York City FC, they hosted Charlotte and thumped their opponents, 6-0. Brenner lead the way with a hat trick for the Orange and Blue, as the hosts moved level on points with Orlando City in fifth.