1) Club America still showed weaknesses against Montreal.
I’m in no way trying to dampen the party for Club America fans, but they would be the first to tell you that they don’t just settle for one trophy. Las Aguilas are still very much alive in the domestic part of their campaign, and are currently sitting in seventh in the league table.
One gets the feeling that America have the potential to be an outstanding side but continue to show weaknesses in the defensive part of the game. There seems to be nothing holding the midfield and defense together at times, and if it weren’t for Munoz’s superb save on Piatti in the first-half, I am not sure we would be talking about America being champions.
You get the sense that America continue to miss a player like Jesus Molina in that midfield, and it will be interesting to see how the rest of their domestic campaign unfolds.
2) Dario Benedetto looks like the purchase of the season.
If there was any fault to Dario Benedetto’s game at Xolos, it was that his decision making sometimes let him down. At Club America, however, the Argentine is playing a more central role and it is playing dividends for the former Tijuana man.
On Wednesday, “Pipa” bounced back from an open net miss and scored a hat-trick to lead the way for Las Aguilas. His first goal was an acrobatic gem, and it paved the way for what was a memorable night for America.
In total it was seven goals for him in the competition, and you can add four domestic goals to his tally so far.
3) At least for now, Liga MX clubs preserve their dominance over the region.
Like a major California earthquake, we all seem to be waiting for the day an MLS team finally topples a Liga MX club in a final, and just like with the earthquake, we all know it is coming.
Undoubtedly, it was another disappointing result for the MLS. Nonetheless, the Impact’s run to the final should be applauded.
With Club America, Tigres, LA Galaxy, and Seattle Sounders already signed up for next year’s edition, some intriguing match-ups are ready to unfold
For now, it is 10 years and running for the Liga MX.