If Club America coach Antonio Mohamed found it difficult to convince the media and fans that Club America were not in the midst of a “crisis”, then he will find it near impossible now as they lost 3-1 to Pumas UNAM in Liga MX Clausura Week 8 play. The loss marks the third straight loss in a row for Club America, while Pumas are now unbeaten in their last five games.
The start of the game was a promising one for Club America, but it would be Pumas who would open the scoring as Daniel Ludena scored the first of his two goals in the game from a David Cabrera pass. This inspired America to keep pressing and pressing until it equalized through Raul Jimenez in the 25th minute. It appeared as if the old America was going to make an appearance and see them win the game.
However, despite dominating play, America was unable to add to their lead in part due to some fine saves from Pumas goalkeeper Alejandro Palacios. This opened up an opportunity for Pumas as s familiar problem for America once again came to the forefront.
In the 50th minute during a corner kick situation, Javier ‘Maza’ Rodriguez was red carded for kneeing Marco Antonio Palacios downstairs, thus leaving America to play with 10 for the rest of the game. This lack of discipline has now become commonplace for Mohamed’s team with two send-offs through eight games. With Miguel Herrera, America was the most disciplined team in the league with two send-offs during the entire Apertura 2013 season.
If anything, one would expect Mohamed to be a coach who stresses defensive-minded teams, but this was not the case in both of Pumas’ second-half goals. The win sees Pumas jump to third in the league standings with 14 points, further cementing the fact that their recent run and good form need to be taken seriously.
As for America and Mohamed, the crisis talk will only get louder. They will have to answer why things have gotten so much worse in such a short time because they can no longer deny that there is a crisis at hand.