US Tour 2011: Club America history
- Sun 12 Jun 2011, 9:27AM
- Posted by Emily Brobyn
City will face Club America on 16 July as part of the Herbalife World Football Challenge.
The Blues are already familiar with the Mexican outfit – nicknamed the ‘Eagles’ - having played them during last season’s US tour where the game ended 1-1 and a penalty shoot-out handed City the victory.
This time they will play the Eagles at AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team for the opening match of the 2011 US tour.
Club America play their Primera Division home games at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City - the only stadium in history to host two World Cup Finals.
They are one of the most popular football clubs in Mexico, alongside CD Guadalajara and the Azteca can host 105,000 fans. It’s the fifth largest stadium in the world and the home stadium for the Mexican national team.
The club was founded in October 1916 and then went on to qualify into the Mexican Football League at their first attempt.
In 1918 they changed their name to Centro Union, but changed it back two years later. They were League champions between the years of 1924 to 1928 s their status continued to grow, though they entered a somewhat quieter phase over the next few decades.
New ownership arrived in July 1959 with the arrival of Televisa’s founder Emilio Azcarraga Jean. He bought the club and immediately spent money on new players, infrastructure and development.
This heralded a new era that saw the team win numerous league championships and the Eagles became dominant again in the 1980s, winning a plethora of trophies including the Mexican Super Cup, the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup and more League titles.
After that phenomenally successful period, Club America’s success since then has been more modest. More money was spent throughout the 1990s but to no avail and it was 2001 before their fans could celebrate silverware once more when their heroes won the CONCACAF Giants Cup.
Just a year later they won their tenth league title and lifted the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup again in 2006.
The Mexicans have a familiar face for City fans in their side in Vicente Matias Vuoso, who signed for the Blues in June 2002 under former manager Kevin Keegan - but never played a senior game.
Vuoso joined Club in May 2010 and has scored 17 goals for the side so far and was also selected for the Mexican national team when another former City manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson, was in charge.
July 16: Club America v City, AT&T Park, San Francisco
July 18: Vancouver Whitecaps v City, Empire Field, Vancouver
July 24: LA Galaxy v City, Home Depot Stadium, Los Angeles