America reached the postseason following a 1-0 win at Atlante on Saturday.Reaching the Liguilla has been one of America's main goals this season, and after a gritty road performance against Atlante, America were able to reach that goal.
America's victory in Atlante secured a Liguilla berth for las Aguilas, whose manager said they earned their ticket to the postseason.
"We're there, and we were able to get there," America boss Manuel Lapuente told Mexican daily Reforma. "We're playing well, having won (three) consecutive games. We've finished the league well although we have a game against Pumas upcoming, and we cannot lose at home. We're going to put a lot of effort into that game. This isn't over until it's over and we're going to fight to get one spot higher."
America are tied with Santos with the third-most points in the league, though Santos have the tiebrekaer of America. Still, with a victory America would finish no worse than fourth, ensuring them home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Overall, America have not lost a game in their last six, having won three and tied three in that span while outscoring their opponents 9-4 in that span, including a 1-0 win over Atlante.
"We did what we needed to do to win and were the better team," Lapuente said of the game.
Despite reaching the postseason, Cruz Azul and Monterrey have been pegged as the co-favorites because of their respective performances this season. Lapuente is unfazed over his team's standing entering the postseason.
"Let them talk," Lapuente said of his critics. "America are in the Liguilla and we'll see."