12/15/2013
 

Club León crashes Club América’s back-to-back championship bid a wins their sixth Mexican league championship. With an authoritative 5-1 aggregate score León leaves no doubt of who the better team was over the 180 minute final.


América came into the game following a 2-0 loss in the first leg and needed two goals to send the game into overtime and three to win the title. The home side pressured for the first goal from the opening whistle and came close to scoring on several occasions in the early minutes.


But in a deadly counterattack in the 12th minute; it would be León who scored first to increase their lead. Mauro Boselli received the ball and slipped past “Maza” Rodríguez rather easily; his shot was low and powerful to the far corner of the goal.


The still reigning champions kept their initial game plan and continued to attack with everything they had. Ecuadorian international Narciso Mina wasted at least 2 clear goal scoring opportunities and took away another one from teammate Raúl Jiménez. The home side found a lifeline shortly before halftime as Rubens Sambueza looked to cross the ball and León defender Ignacio Gonzalez deflected the ball into his own net.


Same story played out for the second half. América pressured the opposing goal with everything they had and could not find a way to put the ball in the back of the net. The visiting León got another goal that just about killed off the match. Ignacio Gonzalez made up for his own goal with a solid header off of a corner kick to make the score 2-1 (4-1 on aggregate).


In the 54th minute the host suffered yet another blow; defender Francisco Javier “Maza” Rodríguez was shown a straight red card for cutting down a León attack as the forward was in on goal against goalkeeper Moises Muñóz.


With just three defenders left on the field and most of the team pushed forward Edwin Hernández added one more as the icing on the cake for the visitors on another counterattack.


Historic Mexican defender Rafael Márquez wins his very first league championship in Mexico and the Club América manager leaves the club to now lead the Mexican National Team to the World Cup next summer.
 
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12/12/2013
 
William Paul Yarbrough who is only 24 years will feature in his first Liga MX finals when his club León faces the reigning Mexican League champion Club América. Yarbrough was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico to American parents and has both nationalities, but according to him he is "100 % Mexican". His parents, who are from Texas and moved to Mexico over 30 years ago. William spent his entire life in Mexico. 

At age 16 
Yarbrough got picked up by Pachuca at a trail. The young goalkeeper ended up on loan with the sister club León where he won the Liga Acenso title as well as the promotion into the first division.  

In the battle between the United States Men's Team and El Tri for Mexican-American players it is the Americans who have won the early battles luring in players like Jose "Gringo" Torres, Edgar Castillo, Michael Orozco, and Herculez Gomez. But El Tri has seemed to won the battle over this citizen's goalkeeper. 

William Yarbrough has already featured for Mexico's youth team. He was called up by Jesus "Chucho" Ramirez in 2007 for the Mexico U-20 as they did a tour of preparation matches in Honduras. But the Mexican-American goalkeeper remains humble and says the National team is not on his mind. 

"I'm barely starting out my career, I have to keep working hard day by day and maybe in the future I will be of National Team caliber. But today I won't worry about it." 

His counterpart Moises Muñoz who was the hero for América last season scoring a last minute diving header to tie the aggregate score as well as blocking the initial penalty kick in the PK shootout; also has an American background. As a child his parents came into the U.S. illegally and worked in California's farms. Moises attended elementary and junior high school in Redwood City, California. 
 
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08/01/2013
 
Mexican-American goalkeeper, William Paul Yarbrough, was the hero for his club León in the final play of their home match against titleholders Club América. Yarbrough had the tough challenge of facing Paraguayan, Oswaldo Martínez, who stood eleven feet away from the goal on the 95th minute with the chance to convert a penalty kick into a win. A last minute penalty kick had given the visitors the chance to upset the entire stadium and send the fans home with a bitter taste. But it was Yarbrough who dove fiercely to his left stopping Oswaldo's hard shot in impressive fashion who converted a night to forget into a memorable match.

Yarbrough was indeed the great hero of the night. Two minutes before the whistle was blown, the fans were very vocal to the referee, intensely reproaching the last minute call that put them behind their backs. All of that was quickly forgotten after the keeper's legendary save. To lose against the team that is hated by the majority of the league is a hard pill to swallow for any rival fan. Anytime the current Liga Mx champions will visit a stadium this season, they will face an anxious crowd wishful of a sweet and memorable victory with the risk of suffering an unforgettable loss. Yarbrough gave the home fans the most gracious gift of going back home with the relief that their team didn't fall to Club América.

Mauro Boselli had opened up the score early in the game for the home team, but América quickly responded with Miguel Layun's fluke volley. It then all went to the last minute of play tied at one when Yarbrough's epic story took place.

After starting the first three games of the Apertura tournament for León, Yarbrough has an entire season to continue proving his worth. It will be interesting to see how this goalkeeper develops as he has the American gene that has given birth to so many prominent goalkeepers. Yarbrough is also gaining experience at the pro level in Mexico where he faces many great players with international careers.

Watch Yarbrough's phenomenal last minute save:
 
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