Neither side broke through in regulation time, despite Club America forcing LAFC goalkeeper John McCarthy into a couple of diving saves and Black & Gold attackers Latif Blessing and Kwadwo Opoku looking particularly lively.
LAFC nearly went down a man towards the end of the first half, when defender Mamadou Fall was initially issued a straight red card following a tackle. However, referee Victor Rivas rescinded the decision after Video Review and Fall remained in the match.
Each goalkeeper made one save in the first three rounds of the decisive shootout, which was tied at 5-5 going into the seventh round. Emilio Lara drilled his attempt from the spot past McCarthy for Club America’s sixth, while LAFC midfielder Jose Cifuentes skied his equalizing attempt over the crossbar to send the Liga MX side to victory.
Both sides made a flurry of substitutions during the second half, with LAFC star Carlos Vela entering after the intermission. Blockbuster summertime arrival Gareth Bale entered in the 62nd minute and finished out the contest.