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The MFL transfer market has opened and the new season is looking like it could be one of the best and most exciting leagues in a long time. In the past, Mexican clubs have signed second tier foreigners to play in the league and in some cases to conclude their careers in Mexico. However in the last few seasons Mexican clubs have began to buy 1st tier foreigners such as Argentines Marcelo Delgado, Cesar Delgado, Mauricio Molina, Daniel Diaz, John Restrepo and now Luciano Figueroa. The fact is that not only are Mexican teams looking to sign the type of players that have the ability to play in European clubs but that these same players are now looking at Mexico as a viable alternative instead of Europe. They look at a league that is not only competitive but pays exceptionally well and in some cases better than some European countries.

The two most popular Mexican Club teams are making the most noise in the transfer market this off-season. Club America from Mexico City has snapped up Chilean striker Reinaldo Navia as well as Argentinean midfielder Ariel Gonzalez from Monarcas Morelia and Club Irapuato respectively for the hefty sum of $4.5 million dollars. However, Club America's archrival, Chivas Rayadas of Guadalajara has countered with the acquisition of two of Mexico's best players in Salvador Carmona and Adolfo Bautista. Although Chivas fans may have been angered by the departure of defenseman and Captain Joel Sanchez to Veracruz two weeks ago, they may be thrilled now that their team acquired a younger and probably even better defender in Salvador Carmona along with one of Mexico's best youngsters in Adolfo Bautista. Chivas might have become relevant again in the MFL and some say perhaps contenders for the title.

Another team who has been active in the transfer market is Cruz Azul from Mexico City, they have snapped up Argentinean striker Luciano Figueroa from English Premier League Club Birmingham City. The club from La Noria has also swapped players with Gallos Blancos of Queretaro. Cruz Azul has sent young striker Mario Ortiz on loan to the Queretaro based club in exchange for the loan of defensive midfielder Margarito Gonzalez. With the sale of Reinaldo Navia Monarcas Morelia needed a proven striker to replace the Chilean so they turned to an old friend, Honduran striker Carlos Pavon who had plied his trade with Morelia a couple years ago before being sold to Italian club Udinese.

Not to be left behind the low bottom MFL Clubs have also made important signings this off-season. The Freseros of Irapuato will be looking to avoid relegation and have signed a contingent of foreign talent along with Costa Rica's World Cup 2002 coach Alexander Guimaraes. The Costa Rican coach has brought with him two of his trusted World Cup 2002 squad players in midfielder Walter Centeno and defender Mauricio Wright. Joining Irapuato's cast of World Cup players will be Ecuadorian International Edison Mendez.

And then there are the Jaguares of Chiapas who opened up its coffers to allow Coach Jose Luis Trejo to put together a squad strong enough to maintain its first division status. The newly revamped Chiapas now fields a number of Mexican internationals as well as some promising foreigners. Veteran striker Luis Hernandez along with Omar Rodriguez, Heriberto Morales and Irving Rubirosa will be joined by Brazilians Everaldo Barbosa , and Sebastián "Didí" Pereyra in Chiapas quest to remain in the first division.


Other notable transfers this off-season include the singing of Federico Domínguez by Santos Laguna while Sebastián Abreu is back with his old Mexican Club Tecos UAG. Hugo Sanchez Pumas UNAM signed forward Bruno Marioni, while Toluca to the surprise of many signed two Mexican underachievers in midfielder Miguel Zepeda and forward Abundis.
 

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I agree there are some really good players being signed by the Mexican teams.

After Spain and Italy I think that Mexico has the best South American players. At least when it comes to influence on the league.
 
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