Wednesday was the semiannual transfer draft day in Liga MX, the day where most of the player movement takes place ahead of the next campaign. And several Americans are on the move to new teams for the 2015 Apertura season.
Defender Greg Garza (pictured above), who just signed a three-year contract extension with Club Tijuana, has been loaned to Atlas, the Guadalajara club confirmed on Wednesday. The move raised quite a few eyebrows because of the recent contract extension, but Xolos are undergoing a major roster overhaul under their new head coach Ruben Omar Romano.
Garza is also essentially taking the place of a former club and national teammate, defender Edgar Castillo, who is moving from Atlas to Monterrey on a permanent transfer. The New Mexico native will be reunited with former Club Tijuana coach Antonio Mohamed and be joining a team playing in a brand new stadium next season. Castillo left a message of thanks for his time with Atlas on his personal instagram account following the announcement.
One other Tijuana player on the move is US international Joe Corona, who was loaned out to Veracruz.
In other news, it appears Jonathan Bornstein will receive a happy ending of sorts to his loan spell with Quetetaro, as the Liga MX finalists acquired him permanently from Tigres UANL. Under renowned coach Victor Manuel Vucetich, Bornstein finally received a regular run of games, including in last season's playoff run, where Gallos Blancos fell at the final hurdle to Santos Laguna.
On Thursday, another American's move was announced, as former Chicago Fire midfielder Benji Joya, back with original club Santos Laguna, was transferred to second-division side Necaxa.