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Chivas sign polemic Angel Reyna

Erstwhile El Tri midfielder Angel Reyna will suit up for Chivas during the upcoming Apertura.
Erstwhile El Tri midfielder Angel Reyna will suit up for Chivas during the upcoming Apertura.

The catalyst to lift the club from the depths of despair, or the straw that broke the camel's back? Explosive new Chivas signing Angel Reyna could be either, and it is safe to say that the 29-year-old Club America youth team product has had a colorful career. If there was one episode to sum it up, it would be Reyna winning the Clausura 2011 scoring title, then a few months later slamming Las Aguilas' captain and defense, thereby signing his own death warrant at the club. - Marshall: Chivas pointing in new direction Similar problems have caused the attacking midfielder or winger to leave both Monterrey and Pachuca, and there were reports that Chivas passed on Reyna 12 months ago specifically because of his behavioral issues. Club owner Jorge Vergara dismissed signing Reyna back in 2011 and the player himself has previously professed his preference for Chivas' bitter rivals America. "His ambition is to be champion with Chivas and return to the national team," Vergara told ESPN's Jorge Ramos & Banda on Thursday. Reyna certainly isn't the type of player or person, one imagines, who will keep his mouth shut if things don't start well in this pivotal season for Chivas who are fighting to remain in Mexico's first division. It isn't difficult to see Vergara and Reyna falling out sooner or later either, considering the Chivas owner's penchant for falling out with people and Reyna's failure to stay at any club except for America very long. But Reyna could also be the spark Chivas require, that flawed genius to resuscitate the team that has been dull to watch for many seasons now and in desperate need of some flair, creativity and excitement. Certainly, there are no doubts about Reyna's talent on the field when he is fired up and on form. The Mexico City native has the ability to dominate games and possesses that touch of arrogance that keeps fans on the edge of their seats. Playing for one of Mexico's two biggest teams could just be the spark he requires to lift his career and Reyna's signing should attract fans to the Estadio Omnilife. It could be a match made in heaven, but any divorce would be bitter, with neither Vergara nor Reyna known for biting their tongues when it comes to public disputes. Combined with the signings of Carlos Salcido and Fernando Arce and the likelihood that others are to follow (Jose Maria "Chema" Cardenas has been widely mentioned), Vergara is at least getting his checkbook out and being proactive in the transfer market in his club's hour of need. It'll be fascinating to see how it all comes together on the field next season.