Long time starting goalkeeper of Chivas of Guadalajara Luis Ernesto Michel, who was cut from the first team at the end of last Liga MX season, has signed a six month loan deal with Saprissa of Costa Rica.
Michel who along with the entire Chivas squad has had an extreme drop in form over the last few years, was deemed excess by returning manager Jose Luis “Güero” Real who opted to give the starting spot to 21 year old Antonio Rodriguez.
Luis Michel took to the market, but was unable to find a new employer in the infamous “Liga MX Draft”. Michel was left with three options: find a team in Mexico’s Ascenso MX (2nd Division), find a team abroad, or stay at Chivas collecting a paycheck (since he is still under contract) but knowing full well that the manager has no plans in using him.
Michel refused to play in the Ascenso MX. An easy fix could have been for the goalkeeper to be transferred to the club’s MLS affiliate Chivas USA, but Luis Ernesto also refused to travel north to the MLS.
As of Monday January 6, both the player and Chivas of Guadalajara, officially announced through social media networks that Michel would be joining Costa Rican heavyweights Saprissa. Michel will join the 'Ticos' on a six month loan with the option to extend the loan for more time.
Saprissa was once the third football club of Omnilife, along with Chivas of Guadalajara and Chivas USA. But Omnilife owned by the controversial Jorge Vergara sold of the Costa Rican team and no longer has any official ties to the Central American club.
The summer tournament in Costa Rica is set to kickoff next weekend.
Parent club Chivas of Guadalajara absorbed some of Chivas USA’s resources during the past few weeks in an effort to turn around the current situation that the Liga MX team finds itself in. Sporting Director Juan Francisco Palencia along with head coach Jose Luis Real now find themselves in Mexico trying to clean house at the mother club. But the Chivas-Chivas USA relationship is not all just one way.
Chivas USA has enjoyed some of Chivas’ talent over the years; most recently young striker Erik “Cubo” Torres who seemed to shine playing for a club with less national attention and a lot less pressure. And a new face could possibly be making his way up north in the coming days. Veteran goalkeeper Luis Ernesto Michel could end up playing for the Yankee affiliate of Chivas.
Luis Michel was a long time back up to Mexican goalkeeping legend Oswaldo Sanchez at Chivas of Guadalajara. Michel made his professional debut in 2003, then spent a year on loan in Santos before coming back to Guadalajara. Luis Ernesto beat out other talented goalkeeping back ups of Oswaldo Sanchez like the current Toluca and National Team goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera.
When Oswaldo Sanchez left Chivas to head to Santos in 2007 Luis Michel took the starting spot and has not let it go since. His performances with the club lead Michel to be called up to the National Team. Michel was the third choice goalkeeper for Javier Aguire in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Luis Ernesto Michel has seen a dip in form right along with the club in the past few season. He was one of three Chivas icons along with Marco Fabian and long time team captain Hector Reynoso to be let go by Real, and Palencia, in their aims to rebuild the club. During Liga MX’s registration deadline day, aka Draft, Michel was unable to find a team in Mexico’s top division willing to sign him. Michel now has three options in terms of his future:
- Stay at Chivas of Guadalajara, since he still has a contract. But knowing full well that the manager has no plans of using him.
- Find a team in Liga de Ascenso, Mexico’s second tier division.
- Find a team outside of Mexico.
The most logical choice at this point seems to be number three, especially since the club has an affiliate in the MLS.
For the first time in over a decade Club Deportivo Guadalajara, aka Chivas, will be without central defender Hector Reynoso who leaves the club to join Morelia on a one year loan, the club Tuesday morning.
“Club Deportivo Guadalajara inform that after reaching an agreement with Club Monarcas Morelia the player Hector Reynoso Lopez was let go on a one year loan to the Michoacan side.
“As part of Chivas Hector Reynoso has been a true leader in defense, captain of the squad and a true example of constancy appearing in 369 matches.”
Reynoso finishes off his 13 year career with Chivas with 369 matches of which 349 where as a starter. He scored 26 goals, and had 4 assists. He saw 12 red cards, and won one league championship in 2006.
Reynoso becomes the latest Chivas icon to leave the squad in this time of change. He follows the likes of Marco Fabian who is heading to Cruz Azul, where he will play under the manager who lead him to an Olympic Gold Medal, Luis Fernando Tena.
Also leaving the club will be goalkeeper Luis Ernesto Michel, it is rumored that Michel will join Reynoso in Morelia, but no official announcement as to where the goalkeeper will end up has been made.