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How many times have Club América been Liga MX “super leaders” and won the title?

Las Águilas’ victory away to Atlético San Luis on Wednesday means neither Tigres nor Monterrey can catch them in the last two rounds.

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Las Águilas’ victory away to Atlético San Luis on Wednesday means neither Tigres nor Monterrey can catch them in the last two rounds.
Eduardo Serratos

Club América’s 1-0 win over Atlético San Luis on Wednesday means they are guaranteed to finish the regular Liga MX season as “super leaders”, in first place in the standings, ahead of the Apertura 2023 playoffs getting underway. Las Águilas have already achieved the feat nine times but will be hoping not to have peaked to soon, which has happened on a number of occasions in the past.

Henry Martín struck the only goal of the game at Estadio Alfonso Lastras, securing a sixth successive league win for André Jardine’s team and taking them onto 36 points from 15 games. With two matchdays left to play, nearest challengers Tigres and Monterrey can only get to 34 and 35 points respectively.

América’s points totals as “super leaders”

The task for América now will be to pass the 40-point barrier, which only a small number of teams have been able to do in previous short tournaments. They will not, however, be able to break their own record for the most points obtained in the league phase (43 in the Apertura 2002).

Club América's points totals as "super leaders" in short Liga MX tournaments

  • Verano 97 - 37 points
  • Verano 2001 - 28 points
  • Apertura 2002 - 43 points
  • Apertura 2005 - 38 points
  • Apertura 2013 - 37 points
  • Apertura 2014 - 31 points
  • Apertura 2021 - 35 points
  • Apertura 2022 - 38 points
  • Apertura 2023 - 38 points*

* two matches still to play

Las Águilas’ record as Liga MX “super leaders”

Not that being “super leaders” has served Las Águilas especially well. On the eight previous occasions they have gathered more points than any other team, they have only gone on to win the title once, in the Apertura 2014 tournament.

Nine years ago, América only just pipped Tigres and Atlas to top spot and sneaked past Pumas in the playoff quarter-finals. They then convincing saw off Monterrey in the last four before overturning a first-leg deficit against the Auriazules in the final.

Club América's 'liguilla' performance as "super leaders"

  • Verano 97 - quarter-finals
  • Verano 2001 - semi-finals
  • Apertura 2002 - quarter-finals
  • Apertura 2005 - quarter-finals
  • Apertura 2013 - runners-up
  • Apertura 2014 - winners
  • Apertura 2021 - quarter-finals
  • Apertura 2022 - semi-finals