Mexico goalscoring heroes return home
MEXICO CITY, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Two of Mexico's most prolific goalscorers have returned home after unhappy spells abroad for the Clausura championship which kicks off at the weekend.
Jared Borgetti, Mexico's all-time record scorer at international level with 38 goals in 78 outings, has joined Cruz Azul after 18 months abroad where he played for English Premier League Bolton Wanderers and Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia.
Borgetti, the first Mexican to play in the Premier League, was given only a handful of starts at Bolton and left halfway through his two-year contract.
Francisco Fonseca has signed for Monterrey-based Tigres UANL after just six months with Portugal's Benfica, where he was given nine games and scored three goals.
The 27-year-old rejected the suggestion his Portuguese adventure had ended in failure.
"Of course not. I'm very grateful to Portugal, I enjoyed it tremendously but this chance arose... and I dediced it was good for me," he told reporters when he arrived in Monterrey.
UANL are involved in the competition's opening game when they visit Tecos UAG on Friday.
The Mexican season is split into two championships, the Apertura from August to December and the Clausura from January to May.
Each tournament consists of a qualifying competition - in which the 18 teams play each other once but are divided into three groups - followed by a knockout stage.
The weekend's top match is at the Jalisco stadium on Saturday where titleholders Guadalajara host Toluca, the team they beat 3-2 on aggregate in the Apertura final.
Toluca have lost the services of Argentine forward Bruno Marioni, topscorer in the Apertura with 14 goals, and have replaced him with Paraguayan Erwin Avalos, signed from Cerro Porteno.
Guadalajara, who field only Mexican players and form the backbone of the national side, have made no major signings and have parted company with international goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez, who has joined Santos Laguna.
Santos, who visit Monterrey on Saturday, have spent heavily as they attempt to pull themselves out of the danger area in the relegation standings which are decided over three seasons, or six tournaments.
The Torreon-based team have also signed Argentine forward Matias Vuoso from America and his compatriot Daniel Luduena from Tecos UAG.