The Clasico Joven returns to the Mexican calendar on Saturday with a matchup to fit the billing as Liga MX Clausura leaders Cruz Azul take on second-place América at the Estadio Azteca. Both teams are guaranteed to finish among the top four and make the Clausura quarter-finals, but these Clasico contenders have additional cause to ensure a solid end to the season.
What TV Channel is América-Cruz Azul on?
Saturday’s top-of-the-table showdown is likely to decide who finishes at the summit this Clausura campaign, airing live on TUDN from 10:05 p.m. ET. You can live stream Liga MX matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch América vs. Cruz Azul
When: Saturday, April 17
Where: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico
Time: 10:05 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Cruz Azul have tied a Mexican record of 12-straight wins coming into Week 15, and victory over bitter rivals América would be just about the best way for Juan Reynoso to establish a new benchmark. Only three of those 12 wins thus far came by a margin greater than one goal, with Cruz Azul’s campaign built around a defense that’s conceded only seven times this term:
But América have won seven straight in Liga MX themselves and will assume control at the top of the Clausura if they manage to take all three points at the Azteca. Santiago Solari has looked increasingly comfortable in his role as América coach. Victory on Saturday would also make him the first manager of the club to win nine-straight home games.
The Clasico Joven was in fact the last game either of these teams played prior to last year’s Clausura being cancelled midway through as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Cruz Azul just so happened to be riding an impressive streak into that March 2020 meeting, when Jonathan Rodriguez scored the only goal of the game:
The Uruguayan is once again in hot form ahead of this Mexico City derby having scored 1-0 winners in each of Cruz Azul’s last two league outings against Juarez and Chivas Guadalajara. La Maquina more recently made light work of Arcahaie in the CONCACAF Champions League, where a second-string lineup amassed an 8-0 scoreline in the round of 16 second leg:
América also reached the competition’s quarter-finals after beating Honduran club Olimpia on away goals, with Solari’s side making the work look that much more difficult. The Estadio Azteca will host Mexico’s two best teams of the moment on Saturday, and only Las Aguilas can prevent Cruz Azul from etching their place in the Liga MX history books.