Paraguayan central defender Pablo Aguilar became the first signing of Mexican club America which will be led by Argentine coach Antonio Mohamed from the 2014 Clausura tournament, announced the team.
"Pablo Aguilar Joins America. He is a player with character and personality He is good defensively and offensively in the air," said Ricardo Peláez, president of America, Tuesday night.
Thus, the athlete of 26 years old will be reunited with Mohamed, who was his coach with the Xoloitzcuintles of Tijuana, the champions of the 2012 Apertura tournament and participate at the 2013 Copa Libertadores.
Aguilar will join a club where there are three central defenders on their respective national teams: Colombian Aquivaldo Mosquera and Mexicans Francisco Javier Rodriguez and Juan Carlos Valenzuela.
With defenders of this hierarchy, Mohamed, who this week was introduced as coach of America, committed to building a team with five player back line to give continuity to the work done the past two years by the former coach Miguel Herrera, who is now with the Mexican national team.
"We will start like that (with five players in the back). We have to continue with that," believes Mohamed, who says he is ready to face comparisons with Herrera.
In four tournaments, Herrera led America to two semis and two finals. The club was 2013 Clausura champion.
"The bar is very high, but I knew that from the start," Mohamed said.
Upon arrival to America, the Argentine coach announced his intention to sign a central defender and a forward.
The need for a defender was already covered with the signing of Aguilar, while an attacker is yet to be resolved. Mohamed's intention is to bring in a foreign player to fill the void which earlier this week was vacated by Ecuadorian Narciso Mina.
Text and photo: AFP