MLS once again overcame Liga MX, this time with New York City FC, which defeated Atlas 2-0 at Yankee Stadium to win the Campeones Cup and extend the paternity of the American clubs, which have won this title in the last three editions.
Alexander Callens opened the scoring 4 minutes into the match, and in the 49th minute, Maxi Moralez sealed the game to beat the red-and-black team, who are still in a slump and, despite their best efforts, were outplayed by the MLS side, who once again celebrated against a Liga MX team.
NYCFC opened the scoring early
NYCFC started off better, pressed and opened the scoring in their first dangerous possession. In a set piece, Camilo Vargas came out wrong and failed to clear, the ball was left to Alexander Callens, who shot inside the six-yard box to make it 1-0 and take the lead, which they kept until the end of the first half.
After the goal, the Red and Black improved, but did not reach the visitors’ goal with danger. NYCFC had a few opportunities from set pieces, but without the success of the first. Atlas, meanwhile, came up against a well-positioned defense and a Luis Barraza who controlled everything that came to his goal, including a shot by Quiones that could have been a goal, but which he deflected in a great way.
NYCFC sealed the game at the start of the second half
Atlas tried early in the second half with a header from Quiones, but it went wide. And like a repeat of the first half, four minutes into the second half were enough for NYCFC to orchestrate a play from their own half, with precise touches, tackles and speed to reach the opponent’s area, where Moralez scored low and cross to beat Vargas.
The Red and Blacks, with a bad run in Liga MX, were forced to react, but their arrivals were not constant, and the few really dangerous ones they had were stopped by goalkeeper Luis Barraza, who was attentive to every opportunity from the team from Guadalajara, particularly from Julin Quiones, as Julio Furch and Edison Flores were missing.
Atlas, forced to improve in attack, left spaces that were exploited by NYCFC, but they were unable to score. Talles Magno could have sealed the match, but missed, and on other occasions Camilo Vargas prevented the goal. Despite their attempts, the red-and-black team failed to score and NYCFC celebrated the title.
Total dominance of MLS over Liga MX
Thus, MLS teams extend their paternity over Liga MX teams, since of the four occasions that the Campeones Cup has been played, only Tigres UANL lifted the title for Mexican clubs, and then Atlanta United, Columbus Crew and now New York City have been better than Liga MX teams.