It’s been a busy week already in Guadalajara, as the Chivas have made a trio of moves already-first up, ESPN reports Guadalajara has signed Mexican international Rodolfo Pizarro away from Pachuca for a reported $14 million US according to Mexican website radioformula.com.mx. It almost could be looked at a trade of sorts as the Tuzos have signed Victor Guzman, on loan to Pachuca from the Chivas, to a permanent deal. Pizarro was a key player in Pachuca’s championship-winning team in the Clausura 2016 tournament, scoring 8 goals and was versatile in many positions. He also was part of the Mexican team at this year’s Summer Olympics.
Secondly, Guadalajara midfielder Carlos Pena, coming off a disappointing tournament, was loaned last week to Leon, his one-time team, returning after only one year with Chivas. To put it simply, his one year in Guadalajara could be considered the equivalent of what American sports fans call a bust. He reportedly didn’t want to leave Leon, had disciplinary issues with his new team, was ineffective on the field and wanted nothing more than to go back to Leon, and only played 519 minutes in 12 games this season. And there was the small matter of the missed penalty kick on May 15 in the Clausura 2016 quarters that could’ve helped Guadalajara beat America, instead America won.
While the Chivas have scored another young superstar this week (Pizarro is only 22 and already has 100 Liga MX games’ experience), the Pena re-acquisition should help Leon in the Clausura especially with Pena happy to be back home, and hopefully more motivated and able to regain his past form. Now we just wait to see when Leon visits the Chivas next tournament (the schedule has not been released yet).
Expect more moves possibly tomorrow as part of a domestic transfer draft taking place.
Sources: espnfc.com, espn.com.mx