Santiago Solari, for the title that ‘Piojo’ Herrera could not win with America

‘Piojo’ had at least a couple of opportunities to conquer the Concacaf Champions League with America, and now he can be surpassed by Solari in that department

Santiago Solari led América to the final in his first experience in the Concacaf Champions League. If they beat Monterrey in the title match, they will have achieved something that Miguel Herrera, who won four trophies with the Eagles, could not do it three times, even the last elimination marked the end of the era of the ‘Piojo’ with the feathered ones and the beginning of the stage of the ‘Indiecito’.

The first stage of the ‘Piojo’ Herrera with America took place between 2012 and 2013, before he was appointed coach of the Mexican National Team to face the playoffs for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

In that chapter, the ‘Piojo’ and the Eagles played the 2013/2014 Concacaf Champions League. However, América, which shared the sector with Alajuelense and Sporting San Miguelito, failed to pass the group stage by finishing in second place with six points, after two wins and two losses.

After the departure of ‘Piojo’ Herrera, the azulcremas were proclaimed two-time champions of the Concacaf Champions League. In 2014/2015 they did it with Gustavo Matosas on the bench; while in 2015/2016 they won under the technical direction of Ignacio Ambriz.

America missed the 2016/2017 season edition, but they returned for the 2018 season and with ‘Piojo’ Herrera back on the bench. In that year, the América missed the opportunity to face Chivas in the final after they lost in the semifinals against Toronto with an aggregate score of 4-2.

Herrera and the Eagles were not in the 2019 tournament. They returned for the 2020 tournament, which marked the end of ‘Piojo’ and the beginning of the Santiago Solari era. América was eliminated by Los Angeles in the semifinals of the Concacaf Champions League, a result for which the azulcrema board decided to dismiss the Mexican coach.

Solari was in charge of taking the reins of the Coapa team, with whom only in his first Concacaf Champions League he led América to the final, where he will seek the eighth championship of that contest in the final against Monterrey.


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Santiago Solari, for the title that ‘Piojo’ Herrera could not win with America