Mexican soccer league team Club Atlas has signed striker Omar Bravo, a prolific goal scorer during his eight-year tenure with rival and fellow Guadalajara club Chivas.
The one-year loan deal for the 32-year-old forward, a member of the Mexican national squad in the 2006 World Cup in Germany and second-leading goal scorer in Chivas's history, has caused a stir among fans of the two clubs.
Bravo played for Chivas de Guadalajara from 2001 to 2008 and scored 108 goals for that team in domestic league action, 14 short of the all-time record held by Salvador Reyes.
According to a statement by Liga Mx, contracts worth 211.4 million pesos (some $16.5 million) were signed during the winter draft, although several of the transfers had already been finalized at the beginning of December or earlier.
Among the transfers that had already been announced and were made official on Wednesday, Ecuadorians Felix Borja and Segundo Castillo moved from Pachuca to Puebla and another Ecuadorian, Christian Suarez, left Santos Laguna and will suit up for Pachuca in the Clausura 2013 season, which begins in January.
Atlas is coming off a dreadful Apertura 2012 season, in which it finished in 17th place out of 18 teams with a record of one win, nine draws and seven losses. EFE