América went from last place to direct qualification to the quarterfinals of the Clausura 2022 in just nine rounds under Fernando Ortiz, after the dismissal of Santiago Solari, who only managed six of the 26 points that have the Águilas in fourth place in the overall standings.
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The Águilas, with Fernando Ortiz at the helm, started with a loss against Monterrey. However, they then went on a positive streak, with two draws and six wins, numbers that placed them among the top four qualifiers for the Clausura 2022.
Before Ortiz's arrival, América had four defeats, one win, and three draws, the last of which was a 1-1 draw against Querétaro, a result that not only marked the departure of Santiago Solari but also sent the Águilas to the bottom of the table with just six points.
Fernando Ortiz joined América this season to coach the U-20 team
On the other hand, Fernando Ortiz arrived at América this semester, but to coach the U-20 team. However, after the dismissal of Santiago Solari, which occurred on a double matchday, he took over as interim coach of the first team of the Águilas.
Fernando Ortiz debuted with a 2-1 loss against Monterrey, then a goalless draw against Chivas, but went on a streak of six consecutive wins, against Toluca (3-0), Necaxa (0-1), Juárez (3-0), Tijuana (1-3), León (2-0), Tigres (0-2), in addition to the 0-0 draw against Cruz Azul with which he closed the regular phase.
Fernando Ortiz changed the face of América in just two months. On March 1, they fell to the bottom of the general table with only six points, but just 60 days later, they reached fourth place with 26 points, with which they will avoid the playoffs and enter directly into the quarterfinals, along with Pachuca, Tigres, and Atlas.