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Passing of Colombian 'keeper Calero hits home in MLS

04 December 4:49 pm

Passing of Colombian 'keeper Calero hits home in MLS

By Simon Borg

The last 24 hours have been gut-wrenching if you've closely followed the story of ex-Pachuca goalkeeper Miguel Calero.

A former standardbearer for the Tuzos, the 41-year-old was first declared brain dead by doctors on Monday and the club confirmed his passing on Tuesday. Calero was initially hospitalized in Mexico City with cerebral thrombosis over the weekend.

Chivas USA forward and fellow Colombian Juan Pablo Ángel tweeted about Calero as a "teammate and friend. An extraordinary human being."

Houston Dynamo manager Dominic Kinnear also took a moment to remember Calero during his season-ending press conference on Tuesday in Houston. The Dynamo and Pachuca played in memorable matches in the 2007 CONCACAF Champions' Cup and the '08 and '10 SuperLiga (the old USA vs. Mexico tournament).

But one of the most memorable images of Calero was his performance in the PK shootout that decided the 2007 edition of SuperLiga against the LA Galaxy (watch the video below).