Mexicans Abroad

RCD Espanyol complete move for Diego Reyes from FC Porto

 
RCD Espanyol have completed the signing of Mexican defender Diego Reyes from FC Porto on a one-year loan, the Spanish club confirmed on Wednesday. The deal comes with an option to buy.

Reyes, 23, joins Espanyol after impressing on a season-long loan at Real Sociedad last season.

Before joining FC Porto in 2013, Reyes had established himself as one of Club America’s top defenders. However, Reyes struggled to get consistent minutes under manager Julen Lopetegui before joining la Real in 2015, where he was teammates with fellow Mexican Carlos Vela.


Reyes is now set to join with his Mexico national team teammates ahead of El Tri’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Honduras, but he should be available for the Periquitos’ next league game against his former club Real Sociedad on September 9.

Diego Reyes now becomes the second Mexican defender to join Espanyol in recent years. Hector Moreno played a total of four years at the club, making 136 appearances and scoring seven goals, before joining Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven in 2015.

 

Guillermo Ochoa joins Granada CF from Malaga on loan

 
Malaga goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has completed a one-year loan deal to Granada CF, the Spanish club confirmed on their official website on Friday.

The 31-year-old moves to the Andalusian-based club on a short-term loan after only two years at Malaga.

The Mexican international featured in only eight Copa del Rey appearances and 11 La Liga appearances for Malaga, slipping behind Carlos Kameni in the pecking order from the very first minute of his stay at the club.

With little prospect of changing his status, Ochoa decided it was time for a new setting and may find an easier path to the starting job at Granada.

Guillermo Ochoa will be officially unveiled on Tuesday following his first training session with the Nazaríes.

Granada finished 16th in the 2015/2016 La Liga standings, narrowing escaping relegation on the penultimate week of the season.

Ochoa is now expected to fight with Oier Olazabal, who was out on loan last season, and Ivan Kelava for the first-choice goalkeeper spot.

Giovani dos Santos on target as LA Galaxy settle for Cali Clasico draw

 
Giovani dos Santos scored his seventh goal of the current MLS campaign as the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes clashed for the third time this season, settling for a 1-1 draw in the California Clasico.

After being unable to score in their last three league outings, Giovani dos Santos broke the LA Galaxy’s scoring drought by heading home a brilliant Steven Gerrard cross in the 69th minute.

The goal, however, wasn’t enough as the San Jose Earthquakes equalized late in the game through a Chad Barrett effort to rescue a late point in another thrilling edition of the Cali Clasico.

The result leaves Gio’s side winless in their last seven league games and fifth in the Western Conference standings.

The Galaxy next take the field on Wednesday as they travel north to take on the Portland Timbers in the round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup.

You can watch Giovani dos Santos’ goal against the San Jose Earthquakes below:

 

Mexican forward Alan Pulido kidnapped in home state of Tamaulipas

 
Olympiacos forward and former Mexico national team member Alan Pulido has been kidnapped in his hometown of Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, his brother confirmed to website Mediotiempo.

According to initial reports, Alan Pulido has been missing since Sunday morning after he was taken by force by several individuals in their vehicles following a party last night.

“Yes, it is true. He disappeared this morning and we have all the support of the governor. We are waiting to see what happens, ” his brother Armando Pulido said.

Alan Pulido was on vacation with his girlfriend following his Greek Super League triumph with Olympiacos, where he scored a total of five goals and notched two assists in eight appearances.

Alan was also a member of Mexico’s national team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

A special search operation is now underway through the state of Tamaulipas as authorities search for any new clues on his kidnapping.

FC Porto lose Portuguese cup final to Sporting Braga on penalties

 
In a dramatic game at the Estadio Nacional, FC Porto came back from two goals down but lost the Portuguese cup final on penalties to Sporting Braga to finish the 2015/2016 season without any silverware. Hector Herrera and Miguel Layun went the distance, while Jesus “Tecatito” Corona saw the game from the bench.

With the score at 2-0 in favor of Sporting Braga, Porto staged a second half comeback with Andre Siva pulling the Dragões within one with 30 minutes to go in the match.

When it looked like Braga were headed to the title, Hector Herrera sent a desperate cross into the area, where Andre Silva was there to bicycle kick the ball home and level the score in dramatic fashion.

After a goalless extra time period, the teams went to penalties to decide the winner of the Portuguese cup.

Miguel Layun was first to step up and score, but Hector Herrera and Maxi Pereira missed as Sporting Braga were crowned Portuguese Cup champions for the first time in 50 years.

You can watch Herrera’s assist below: