Club Atlas were, without question, the worst team in Mexico during the 2011 Apertura. The arrival of Ruben Omar Romano and a couple of decent players was supposed to keep them from being embarrassing, but even Romano couldn't salvage the team. Now, thanks to their terrible Apertura, they're very much in the middle of a relegation race. They have a talented young manager in Juan Carlos Chavez at the helm, but how will he fare in his first major club job?
The good news is that Atlas are adding plenty of new blood and that they have one of the best academies in Mexico. The bad news is that most of that new blood comes from guys that bigger clubs did not want. Atlas are a team with a limited budget, and they must make do with what they have. What they've added could be good enough to keep them up.
Atlas has been strengthened with players who are not stars, but proven quantities in all areas of the pitch. They didn't purchase any attacking wide players and will require their young players to step up in those areas, but they've added elsewhere. The only concern is that they have lost three central defenders, but have not purchase three like for like replacements.
Club Atlas Transfers - In
Giancarlo Maldonado - FW, Atlante (Loan)
Damian Cufre - DF, Dinamo Zagreb
Rogelio Chavez - DF, Pachuca (Loan)
Facundo Erpen - DF, Instituto
Jorge Zamogilny - MF, Estudiantes Tecos
Jorge Villalpando - GK, Toluca (Loan)
Lucas Ayala - MF, UANL Tigres
Sergio Santana - FW, Monterrey
Club Atlas Transfers - Out
Nestor Vidrio - DF, Pachuca
Ricardo Jimenez - DF, Atlante
Wilman Conde - DF, Unattached
FMF State Of Mind Transfer Window Grade: B