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Club América: With Quintero Off To MLS, Lainez Needs To Get His Shot

TORREON, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 19: Diego Lainez of America looks on prior to the 17th round match between Santos Laguna and America as part of the Torneo Apertura 2017 Liga at Corona Stadium on November 19, 2017 in Torreon, Mexico. (Photo by Saul Gonzalez/Getty Images)
Club América: With Quintero Off To MLS, Lainez Needs To Get His Shot

One of the faces of Club América’s attack in Darwin Quintero is on his way to the twin cities to play with Minnesota United FC in MLS. Now that the deal is official, there’s one lingering question for fans of Club América and Mexico: “Will Diego Lainez get his opportunity?”

The youngster has spent most of the current season training with the U20 of Club América and Mexico which was to the chagrin of many fans. It was obvious Miguel Herrera was not too hot on using the 17-year-old, especially with the arrivals of Jérémy Ménez and Andrés Ibargüen. However, the versatile use of Darwin Quintero is now gone and Ménez is out a few weeks with a muscle injury, Herrera has a window to use the young winger, which can pay dividends down the road.

What makes this situation even more intriguing is that Lainez put on a real show in Brazil with Mexico’s U20 squad. The teams squared off in a string of exhibitions and Diego caught the eye of quite a few Brazilian’s. Being 17 years old playing with the U20’s shows that his talent is not inflated. That’s not to say he needs to start every game for América, but there’s very little debate on the fact that he deserves to see some time, especially with América busy with Liga MX and CONCACAF Champions League.

There are young players getting their chance all over the globe and Mexico should be one of those which is doing the same. We have seen youngsters like Carlos Vargas, Edson Álvarez, and JJ Macías get their opportunities, and it is time that Miguel Herrera does the same with his ever-popular young winger.

He is not invincible and there will be some errors, but the reward of giving him minutes to evolve his skill will not only benefit Club América but the Mexican national team in the future.

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Bryan has been a writer for The Stoppage Time since 2015. He has been covering soccer since 2011 and is a Sports management & Communications graduate from Grand Canyon University.

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