Liga MX Best XI - Week 4: Layun roars
Last week, Club America's Raul Jimenez was named to our Liga MX Best XI, and now he appears set to transfer to Spain's Atletico Madrid. That can't be mere coincidence. Let's now take a look at who made the list this week. Some of these players might be on the move soon as well.
Daniel Villalva, Veracruz: There are shots from distance and then there are shockers from outside the box that fly in with a wicked curve that would make Clayton Kershaw blush had he thrown it. That the Argentine forward was daring enough to uncork that kind of a shot in the 86th minute of a tie game to produce the winning goal in the 2-1 result against Monterrey earns bonus points.
Camilo Sanvezzo, Queretaro: The Brazilian forward may only be 5-foot-7, but his contribution to Queretaro this season has been outstanding. He added a goal and an assist to the team's latest triumph, a 3-2 victory over Santos Laguna.
Ariel Nahuelpan, Pachuca: The forward proved his versatility against Chivas by using his noggin to bang in the opening goal, then the Argentine added another in the second half by finishing a cross with his right foot. Guadalajara suffered a 3-0 loss as Nahuelpan led Pachuca to victory.
Emiliano Armenteros, Chiapas: The Argentines in Liga MX must have drunk plenty of mate this week -- Armenteros was the latest import to turn in a particularly good performance. The midfielder struck the equalizing goal against Leon and played well to help his team eventually earn a 3-2 victory.
Aldo Leao, Atlas: Those who picked Atlas to be nipping at Club America's heels in the Liga MX standings must be the same clairvoyants who decided Costa Rica was due for an excellent showing in the World Cup. The Colombian midfielder has been a big part of the winning formula for Atlas, and he again pulled the crucial strings in the 1-0 victory over Pumas.
Fidel Martinez, Leones Negros: It's not easy being the new kids on the Liga MX block, but the Ecuadorian midfielder is making sure that his University of Guadalajara squad is competitive. No, he couldn't quite finish well enough to break the deadlock against Toluca that resulted in the scoreless draw, but he had the most shots for his team and most of them were on target to force tough saves.
Miguel Layun, Club America: Everything is Layun's doing when he plays well defensively and contributes a goal to a 2-0 victory over Tigres. The crunching tackle with Francisco Torres that resulted in an injury to the defender will put Layun out for at least two weeks. As much as the club is rolling at present, Layun will still be missed. He is one of the team's most dynamic players when he is performing well.
Aquivaldo Mosquera, Pachuca: The veteran player wasn't intimidated by the fervent fans of Chivas. His steady play paced Pachuca, as Mosquera killed off a number of attacks. That defensive dominance helped set the stage for Pachuca's 3-0 win.
Francisco "Maza" Rodriguez, Cruz Azul: The Cementeros finally got into the winning column this week, but it wasn't because any forward actually scored. A Puebla own goal was to blame in the 1-0 match. Still, Rodriguez showed that he is meshing well with his club now, as the central defender did well in earning the shutout.
Greg Garza, Club Tijuana: The Mexican-American has been doing yeoman's work for the Xolos this season, quietly stepping up to become one of the most dependable elements of Tijuana's back line. Garza did his part in keeping Morelia out of the Xolos' goal in the scoreless draw. It certainly wasn't the defender's fault that teammate Cristian Pellerano couldn't convert a penalty-kick opportunity to help Tijuana secure the win.
Moises Munoz, Club America: The problem with Munoz helping Las Aguilas win their most recent Liga MX title with a stunning goal in the final is that he is sometimes overlooked for how well he does his primary job. The goalkeeper has largely been the unsung hero for Club America during their current reign at the top of the standings.
Andrea Canales covers both Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Follow her on Twitter @soccercanales.