America, traditionally a powerhouse in Mexican first division soccer, brought back a star from yesteryear to take over coaching duties after the team lost for the fourth time in nine outings this season.

"Alfredo Tena has been designated as new technical director ... and will start working immediately, looking toward the match with Tijuana next Sunday in Aztec stadium," the club said in a statement posted on its Web site.

The America management fired incumbent coach Carlos Reinoso on Saturday after the squad's 5-3 loss to Chiapas.

With two wins, three ties and four defeats, the team is currently in second-to-last place.

Tena was known for his solid defense when he captained the America Aguilas in the 1970s and '80s. He was also a member of the Mexican national squad that competed in the 1978 World Cup.

Before Reinoso's firing, the 54-year-old Tena coached America's development squads, leading young prospects to titles in under-15 and under-20 competitions.

This will be Tena's second stint as America's head coach. The first time around, in 1999-2000, he compiled a record of nine wins, eight ties and 10 losses.

Defense has been America's weak spot in the current season, as the club has allowed a league-worst two goals per game.

On the bright side, the Aguilas have had no trouble scoring, with 16 goals in nine matches. The offense is spearheaded by Ecuadorian Christian Benitez, whose six goals have him tied for the league lead.