Since Club América decided to part ways with Santiago Solari, who left them at the bottom of the table with only six points after eight rounds of Clausura 2022, Las Águilas have earned 13 points of the 18 that they’ve disputed.
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With Fernando “Tano” Ortíz as the coach for the remainder of the season, it seems that Las Águilas are going to play at least the Repechaje, something that was impossible to think with the way the team was playing before.
Club América has won the last four games that they’ve played and don’t seem to be slowing down on the last part of Clausura 2022 and could even end up ensuring their presence directly in Liguilla if Monterrey, Atlas, and Cruz Azul give them the chance.
Their recent results have made them a threat for whichever team that faces them in the playoffs, but that doesn’t erase the fact that they still need to find a forward that can finish the plays, as neither Herny Martín, Roger Martínez nor Federico Viñas have been that striker.
They could have had Montecinos
Before Clausura 2022 started, Club América was looking to strengthen their squad to keep up with the good performances that they had during Apertura 2021, and even if Joaquín Montecinos was offered to them, Santiago Solari refused to give him a chance.
Instead, Las Águilas ended up signing Juan Ferney Otero out of Club Santos, as Solari’s stubbornness of wanting a right-winger convinced Santiago Baños to acquire the 26-year-old Colombian, even if he wasn’t one of their top choices.
So far, Otero has scored just one goal and has played in eight games, although only four of them have been in the starting XI. On the other hand, Joaquín Montecinos have become a regular in Tijuana’s lineup, where he’s scored three goals, including one against Club América.
How much will it cost to Las Águilas to acquire him?
Although the 26-year-old Chilean right-winger arrived at Xolos de Tijuana on a short loan out of Audax Italiano, they will have to acquire him at the end of the loan for $5 million. If América were to acquire him, they will have to pay at least $7 million if they want to convince Xolos to sell him.