Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
5. MEXICO: Tri stars return home
January 19th, 2007 3:19AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

The second half of the Mexican First Division season begins Friday night when UAG hosts Tigres in the first of nine games scheduled for the opening weekend of play in the Torneo Clausura.

Mexico national team striker Francisco Fonseca will debut for Tigres after just six months at Portuguese club Benfica. Kikin rejected claims he was a failure at the Lisbon club, for which he scored three goals in nine appearances.

"I'm very grateful to Portugal," he said. "I enjoyed it tremendously, but this chance arose ..."

Jared Borgetti, Mexico's all-time leading scorer with 38 goals, also returned home, joining Cruz Azul after 18 months abroad with English Premier League club Bolton Wanderers and Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia. Borgetti became the first Mexican to play in the EPL but never settled in at Bolton.

Both Fonseca and Borgetti were called up by new Mexico national team coach Hugo Sanchez for a four-day mini-camp beginning Sunday to prepare for the friendly against the USA Feb. 7 in Glendale, Ariz.

Another well-known Mexican international striker to return home is Francesco Palencia, who left MLS's Chivas USA for UNAM. Palencia told the newspaper La Jornada that MLS shouldn't be underestimated, noting that the league is very physical. Palencia hopes a strong showing with Pumas -- Sanchez's former club -- will earn him a recall to the Tri.

Sanchez's roster includes eight players from Guadalajara, winner of the fall's Torneo Apertura. Mexico's No. 1 goalie Oswaldo Sanchez, who joined Santos from Chivas, is also in Sanchez's squad.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Guzan howler costs Aston Villa against Man City    
Brad Guzan gifted Manchester City a goal in the third minute when he mis-hit a pass ...
MLS Week 8: Blunder extends NYCFC's doldrums    
Ghanaian international David Accam took advantage of a blunder by stand-in New York City FC keeper ...
What They're Saying: Bob Lilley    
"Rochester was ahead of the curve in the late 1990s and the rest of the country ...
USL Weekend: Blues hand Sac rare Bonney defeat    
The Orange County Blues, one of the surprises of the 2015 USL season, handed the 2014 ...
SoccerGrlProbs takes first in venture tournament    
SoccerGrlProbs, started by a trio of Fairfield University's women's player, took first place in the for-profit ...
Garber vs. Klinsmann, different timetables and goals    
Speaking at the annual Associated Press Sports Editors talk, MLS commissioner Don Garber pressed his case ...
USL Weekend: Unbeaten Rhinos don't believe in shortcuts    
Of the five teams still unbeaten in the USL, the most impressive has been Rochester Rhinos, ...
NASL Weekend: Upstarts Atlanta and Indy still unbeaten    
The Atlanta Silverbacks, under first-year coach Gary Smith, host the New York Cosmos at Atlanta Silverbacks ...
What They're Saying: Hugo Sanchez    
"The recent losses by the Mexican national team and sub-22 are shameful. Is someone doing anything ...
Unbeaten Red Bulls get bicoastal test against Galaxy    
Montreal takes a second consecutive weekend off to play in the Concacaf Champions League finals, which ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives