Club America will travel into the home of the reigning back-to-back champions Leon in a repeat of the Aperura 2013 final where Leon won its first of two consecutive league titles. Both will want to get the season off to a positive start before the extra load of CONCACAF Champions League begins to weigh down.
The match is scheduled for Saturday July 19th at 9:00pm ET / 6:00pm PT from the Nou Camp stadium in Leon, Guanajuato. The game will be televised live in the USA on Telemundo.
The home side Leon come into the season off of their unlikely championship run in the Clausura 2014. The team had struggled for the majority of the regular season as they prioritized their Copa Libertadores participation; which ended in a huge disappointment as they were unable to get by Bolivia's Club Bolivar in four matches. Leon found a miraculous qualification into the playoffs after finishing off the season with two consecutive wins and several positive results in other matches throughout those final two weeks.
Leon will have to start off this season and play a majority of it without star midfielder Luis Montes who suffered a double fracture in a friendly match that the Mexican national team had prior to the World Cup. But the team will be happy that it was able to keep some of their biggest stars like Carlos "Guilt" Peña, Jose Vazquez and even the injured Montes with lots of teams interested in the players.
Antonio "Turco" Mohamed will begin his second season at the front of Club America and this time had a proper and complete off-season to shape and mold the team to his liking. Their will be tremendous pressure on Mohamed to take the team back to the height that former manager Miguel "Piojo" Herrera had.
To take on this challenge Mohamed and the Club America board has brought in several reinforcements like Mexican national team striker Oribe Peralta, Ecuadorian national team striker Michael Arroyo, as well as central defender Paolo Goltz. The match against Leon will be the first opportunity for Mohamed to showcase his new weapons.