Yesterday, Club América announced that Paul Aguilar would leave the club after nine years of service. With Club América, Aguilar won the Liga MX six times and lifted the trophy of CONCACAF Champions League twice. Along with a successful previous spell with Pachuca and seven years with the Mexican national team, Aguilar established himself as one of the most important Mexican players of the decade.
And many sources are reporting his free transfer to Austin FC, the new franchise of MLS set to start competing next season. After signing the Paraguayan star Cecilio Domínguez, the Texan club declared itself as an interesting project, aiming to be a team ready to fight against the best squads and bring happiness to a city that never had a top division sports team before: Dallas, Houston and San Antonio were the only cities in Texas with that honor.
As another factor, the big investment made by the founder and owner, Anthony Precourt, is surely considering high salaries for the roster as a consequence, taking into account that players are joining a new side built from scratch. Aguilar was offered a base salary around 600,000 dollars and a luxurious Audi car, from one of the club's official partners. Aguilar had promised to retire in Club América some months ago, but probably were the economic proposal what made him change his mind.