Thanks to a freeway closure on the 91 West, I missed the entire first half of the Toluca-Morelia match. A 2-hour drive coupled with a cold night and a downed internet connection in the press box to boot made me wonder why even bother with this tournmanet.
But then I look out in the stands and see all the yellow-clad America fans and, well, that's why. As popular as Cruz Azul and Pumas are, this tournament feeds off of America and Chivas. Those clubs draw the fans, and until fewer than 10,000 show up to watch America, this tournament is going to continue on full force.
There is a nice section of Atlas fans here and by nice I mean they're jumping up and down in the 61st minute of the first game. Pumas had a similar section last night. I see some red Toluca gear in the stands and a few Morelia shirts but the overwhelming majority of fans here are wearing America's colors.