Before MLS even had a chance to get off the ground, Club América had already won six Liga MX championships. And they’ve only gotten better since then – amassing a total of 103 league titles in all competitions. So who’s second on the list? Club América’s fierce rivals, Club América! Who are they? Let’s take a look at their history and players to find out.
In this article, we talk to Frank Gerrish, Guillermo Ochoa, Heriberto Murrieta, and Luis Roberto Alves about the history of Club América. From their earliest days as a small club in Mexico City to their record-breaking performances over the years, we get an inside look at how this fantastic team has managed to win so many games and trophies.
What is Club América?
Club América, nicknamed “El Pachuca”, is one of the most popular football clubs in Mexico. The team was founded on August 25, 1916, and played its first official match on September 10 of that year. The club’s home stadium is the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Club América has won 23 Liga MX championships and six CONCACAF Champions League titles. The team also has two Olympic gold medals (1968 and 1976).
Frank Gerrish is a former player for Club América. He played 370 matches for the club between 1985 and 2003, scoring 37 goals. Guillermo Ochoa is a goalkeeper who has represented Club América since 1997 and has won 68 caps for the Mexican national team. He was part of the Mexico squad that participated in the 2002 World Cup and the 2006 World Cup. Heriberto Herrera is a midfielder who joined Club América from Atlante in 2007 and has since made over 150 appearances for the club, scoring 34 goals.
Club América is one of the most iconic and historic clubs in Mexico. The team was founded on May 6, 1899, in the city of Tepic, Nayarit. The club has had a long and illustrious history with many great players and managers over the years. Club América is currently under the management of Miguel Herrera and they are in the middle of a heated rivalry with Club América’s biggest rivals, Cruz Azul.
Frank Gerrish played for Club América from 1998-2002. He was part of Mexico’s 2002 World Cup team which reached the Round of 16. He also won two Mexican Championships (2001, 2002), as well as a CONCACAF Champions League title (2000). Guillermo Ochoa played for Club América from 1997-2003. He was part of Mexico’s 2002 World Cup team which reached the Round of 16 and he also won a Mexican Championship (2001). Heriber played for Club América from 1999-2004. He was part of Mexico’s 2003 World Cup team which reached the Quarterfinals.
Club América’s History
The rivalry between Club América and Club América has been a fixture in Mexican football since the 1930s. The two teams first met on October 25th, 1934 in a match that ended in a 1-1 draw. Over the years, Club América has dominated their rival, winning 62 of the 101 matches played between the two clubs. However, Club América’s most recent victory came in 2006 when they defeated their rivals 2-0 in an exhibition match.
Frank Gerrish is one of the most notable players to have played for both clubs. He began his career with Club América before moving to Club América’s rivals Atlante in 1988. After three seasons with Atlante, Gerrish joined Club América where he won seven titles including five league championships and the CONCACAF Champions League title in 1998. He retired from playing professionally after playing his last game for Cruz Azul in 2003.
Guillermo Ochoa is another player who has had a long association with both clubs. Ochoa started his career with Deportivo Toluca before joining Cruz Azul where he made over 260 appearances scoring over 100 goals between 1997 and 2004. In 2006, Ochoa moved to Europe where he joined Lyon where he helped them win back-to-back Ligue 1 titles before joining Manchester United as their new goalkeeper in 2009. In 2013, Ochoa returned to Mexico where he signed for Pachuca.
In the early days of professional football in Mexico, two teams dominated the landscape: Club América and Pumas. These two sides met each other in the first ever championship match in 1916, with Pumas coming out on top 3-1. Club América would go on to dominate Mexican football for much of the 20th century, claiming nine championships between 1929 and 1970.
In 1971, a new team emerged from Guadalajara named Atlante. Led by players such as Carlos Hermosillo and Hugo Sánchez, Atlante quickly became a formidable side in their own right. However, it was not until they joined forces with Club América that they truly became a powerhouse. The two clubs merged their squads, with Atlante taking on all of América’s older players and vice versa. This gave Atlante a young and talented squad with which to challenge for titles.
The merger proved to be a successful one as Atlante won five championships between 1972 and 1984. However, it was not until 1986 that Club América finally lost the title to Atlante for the first time since 1920. This was also the year that Guillermo Ochoa made his debut for América – becoming one of the most legendary goalkeepers in club history.
Atlante would go on to win three more championships between 1987 and 1990 but it was Club América who once again regained their crown in 1991. They would
How did Club América win so many championships?
Frank Gerrish is a former player for Club América, and he has seen the team win many championships. Here are some of the reasons why Club América has been so successful over the years:
1) They have had some of the best goalkeepers in history. Guillermo Ochoa is one of the best goalkeepers in history, and he has helped Club América to win many championships. He is known for his outstanding saves, and he has led Club América to many victories. Heriber is also a very good goalkeeper, and he has helped Club América to win several championships.
2) They have had some of the best defenders in history. Frank Gerrish says that Club América’s defense is one of its main strengths. He says that they are very tough to play against, and they have never let their opponents score many goals. The defenders for Club América include Heriber, Rafael Márquez, Claudio Jara, Pablo Zabaleta, Eugenio Mena and Javier Zanetti. These defenders have all played a significant role in helping Club América to win many championships.
3) They have had some of the best midfielders in history. One of the major strengths of Club América’s midfield is its ability to create chances for its attackers. This was demonstrated clearly during their championship victory against Cruz Azul last year. Cruising
Players Interviewed: Frank Gerrish, Guillermo Ochoa, Heriberto Murrieta, Luis Roberto Alves.
Frank Gerrish, goalkeeper for Club América and Mexico national team, talked about the rivalry between Club América and Club América. Guillermo Ochoa, defender for Club América and Mexico national team, talked about the history of the rivalry between Club América and Club América. Heriberto Murrieta, midfielder for Club América and Mexico national team, talked about how he feels playing against Club América. Luis Roberto Alves, striker for Club América and Mexico national team, talked about how he feels playing against Club América.
As Club América took on Club América in the Liga MX Clausura 2016 Final, three of the players who helped lead their teams to the title matches were interviewed – Frank Gerrish, Guillermo Ochoa, and Heriberto Murrieta.
Frank Gerrish: “It feels great to be a part of this team. I think we all worked really hard to get here.”
Guillermo Ochoa: “I’m very happy with how the season ended. We reached our goals and it was a very good way to end the year.”
Heriberto Murrieta: “I’m just glad that we were able to win the championship. It was a very tough battle against Club América, but we managed to pull through.”