After making a splash with the signing of Christian Benitez, Club America continues their roster rehabilitation work with the addition of Pachuca defender Paul Aguilar. Officially announced on Monday, the deal moves the defender to America, while also transferring Enrique Esqueda and Juan Carlos Silva to Pachuca.
Aguilar has been a fixture at right back for Pachuca over the last few years, and started every game for the Tuzos this season. The 25-year-old defender was also part of the Mexico World Cup team in South Africa, and was just recently added to this summer's Copa America roster.
America are a team in dire need of additional support on the back line. One of the worst defenses in the league, America conceded 28 goals in 17 matches during the Clausura 2011 regular season. Aguilar will replace the oft-criticized Miguel Layun at right back for the Aguilas. Layun finished the season somewhat in disgrace, managing to be sent off with red card cards in consecutive games (in Copa Libertadores play on April 27th against Santos, and then four days later in the regular season finale against Pumas).
With the loss of Aguilar, Pachuca gains the additions of Enrique Esqueda and Juan Carlos Silva in the deal. Esqueda has shown flashes of brilliance at striker in past seasons, but the 23-year-old did not score in limited minutes for America during the Clausura. "El Torito" Silva played the past season on loan with Necaxa. It remains to be seen how either player will work into the long term plans of Pachuca, a team also currently undergoing a significant rebuilding process.