CONCACAF Cup: Mexico’s defense looks surprisingly settled ahead of USA playoff

Another player hitting the right stride thanks to a deadline-day move is Miguel Layun. After playing sporadically with Watford, and mostly playing in midfield when he saw time, the ex-América man finds himself getting regular time with Porto at left back. While there, he seems to have cut down on the errant balls that are too often his trademark, instead setting up a number of goals. Defensively, he hasn’t been challenged too often in the Portuguese league, which the Americans may try to exploit.

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Even right-sider Paul Aguilar, who has been the victim of plenty of abuse from Mexico fans, comes in relatively hot. After missing the September friendly matches with a thigh problem, the America defender has come back and acquitted himself well with his club. In addition to keeping pace with his marks down the wing, Aguilar got forward and scored in a 2-1 win against Chiapas on Saturday.

All together, a back four of Reyes and Moreno in the middle, with Aguilar and Layun wide, would set up very nicely for Mexico, giving El Tri something it’s not used to at all – a settled back line. That will be key to returning Mexico to something it was very used to for a long time – regional supremacy.

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