Posted December 13, 2013

Leon seizes edge over America in Mexican Apertura final

Avi Creditor, Liga MX, Mexican national team
Carlos Pena, Leon

Leon’s Carlos Pena celebrates with Matias Britos after opening the scoring in the first leg of the Mexican Apertura final against Club America Thursday night. (Mario Armas/AP)

Club America has the history, the current Mexican national team coach and the higher seed to its advantage. None of that seems to matter to Leon.

Third-seeded Leon took a 2-0 lead over top-seeded America and manager Miguel Herrera in the first leg of the Liga Bancomer MX Apertura final Thursday night, with Mexican national team midfielder Carlos Pena and Argentine forward Mauro Boselli scoring in each half to tilt the scales in favor of the club, which is anchored in the back by former New York Red Bulls villain Rafa Marquez.

The one other thing America has going for it: Estadio Azteca. Sunday’s second leg will be at the famed venue, with America hoping to overturn a first-leg deficit there to capture its second consecutive domestic title. The club scored twice after the 89th minute to force extra time and penalties and stun Cruz Azul for the 2012-13 Clausura crown — it’s 11th title, which is tied for a Mexican record with Chivas Guadalajara. Suffice it to say, it’s not over just yet.

Goal highlights from Thursday’s first leg are below:

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