Former Mexico striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco has returned to the top flight of Mexican soccer at the age of 41. Blanco, capped 120 times, came on as a substitute for Puebla in the 60th minute of its 0-0 tie at home to Veracruz on Saturday. He last appeared in the Mexican first division for Santos Laguna in 2008. He played for MLS's Chicago Fire in 2007-09 and spent recent seasons in the second tier.
“I’m happy and grateful to the Puebla fans and team owners who gave me this chance to come here. ... I lacked a goal to take the three points,” Blanco said. Puebla next faces Club America, the club where Blanco is an idol after playing there for 15 years and helping them win the league title in 2005 and the Concacaf Champions League in 2006.