A Peruvian man alexander callens and the Argentine Maxi Moralez decided this Wednesday, with a goal each, the 2-0 victory of the New York City against Atlaswhich gave his team the Champions Cup and prolonged the fall of the Mexican team, penultimate in the Apertura 2022.
For the third consecutive edition, the Champions Cup ended up in the hands of the champions of the mlsafter the Columbus Crew and the Atlanta United they previously beat Blue Cross and Club America.
Mexican football only won this trophy once, in its first edition, when Cougars bent the Toronto F.C. in 2019.
In the yankee stadium of New Yorkbefore some 25,000 spectators and with a good number of red and black jerseys from Atlasthe desire for revenge prevailed Citywho consoled himself with this trophy after suffering seven defeats in the last ten days of the MLS.
the champions of USA last year they were experiencing a moment of tremendous trouble after their leader, the Argentine Valentin ‘Taty’ Castellanoswill leave the club to go to Girona Spanish.
But this Wednesday the team led by Nick Cushinginterim technician, was superior to Atlaswhich needs to be relaunched after a negative start to the new season.
The Mexican club, trained by the Argentine Diego Cocaarrived at yankee stadium as champion of opening 2021 and of Closure 2022titles arrived after seventy years of waiting, but before the City his performance was insufficient, with only the Colombian Julian Quinones and the Argentine Julius Furch who tried to rebel.
The match could not have started better for the New Yorkers, who unblocked the clash after four minutes by taking advantage of a set piece from 45 meters.
The young brazilian Gabriel Pereira he hung the ball in the area and the ball reached the left foot of Callens under sticks after a rebound between the goalkeeper and the Uruguayan Nicholas Acevedo.
The Peruvian defender’s fourth goal of the season put a difficult and tactically blocked game downhill, marked by the physical play of both teams and by a pitch that was not in perfect condition. In particular, the line of the Yankees’ baseball field was noticeable on one of the two bands.
Atlas He didn’t feel comfortable on the pitch and Lee had a hard time creating danger. The only good chance of the first half was in the boots of Julius Furchwhose left foot ended up deflected.
Too little to contain the desire for revenge of the New York Citywho interpreted this duel as a springboard to recover the sensations lost after the departure of Castilians.
And it was precisely an Argentine, Maxi Moralezthe one in charge of putting land in the middle in the 49th minute, as soon as the restart began, culminating a good transition with an accurate cross shot from the right leg that surpassed the goalkeeper.
It was the 2-0 that left against the ropes Atlaswhose reaction was led by Furch and Quinonesbut frustrated by the good saves of the American goalkeeper Louis Barraza.
Two stops to shot Quinones and a goal correctly annulled to the Mexican Angel Zaldivar in 54 they put an end to the hopes of Atlas and paved the way for New York City to his first Champions Cup.
New York City: barrage; Callens, Chanot, Thiago Martins; O’Toole, Acevedo (Haak, d.86), Morález (Parks, d.85), Gray; Rodríguez (Andrade, m.74), Héber (Magno, m.32), Pereira.
Coach: Nick Cushing
Atlas: Vargas; Barbosa, Santamaria, Nervo, Reyes; Flores (Rodríguez, m.89), Márquez (Trejo, m.72), Zaldivar, Chalá (Herrera, m.59); Quinoes, Furch.
Coach: Diego Coca
Goals: 1-0, m.4: Callens; 2-0, m.49: Maxi Morález.
Referee: Said Martinez (HON). He admonished Gray (m.42), Callens (m, 80), Morález (83), from New York City, and Reyes (m.89) and Nervo (m.92), from Atlas.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the fourth edition of the Champions Cup played at Yankee Stadium in New York before nearly 25,000 spectators.