Choosing youth over experience, Atlas left most of their offseason acquisitions in Guadalajara and will use primarily youngsters in SuperLiga.
Only two of the team's reinforcements joined Atlas for SuperLiga, and that was out of circumstance more than anything. Miguel Zepeda and Gerardo Espinoza traveled to the United States with Santos Laguna, were acquired by Atlas in the midweek draft, and subsequently made their way to Kansas City.
Aside from that, though, the club will feature many youngsters. Not traveling to the U.S. will be newcomers Andres Rios, Omar Trujillo, Mario Perez, Mario Mendez and Daniel Osorno. Also, Gonzalo Vargas and Ismael Fuentes stayed behind as well.
In fact, Atlas nearly had to make do without manager Ricardo Lavolpe, who reportedly made a last-minute decision to travel with the team.
Despite the absence of several key veterans, newcomer Zepeda said the team was going to approach the tournament as it would any other game.
"We have to take this seriously," Zepeda told Guadalajara daily Mural. "I know we are going with strictly youngsters but they are capable. For me, I'm going to try and get my rhythm back. This is the base from the team last season so the youngsters know what is expected. It's not very complicated."
Tigres had success with their youngsters, which perhaps could fuel Atlas' fire. Tigres had none of their top players on the field against Chivas USA but still pulled out a 2-1 win in their own SuperLiga opener.
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