Monday, August 6, 2007

Welcome back

When last they played a first-division match, Puebla lost to Tigres 3-0 on May 8, 2005. Afterward, Los Camoteros were relegated to the Primera A division and fell into relative obscurity.

After two long seasons in Mexico's second tier, Puebla won promotion back to the first division. On Sunday, Puebla made its return to first-division soccer against one of Mexico's premier clubs. Puebla tied America 0-0 on Sunday. Though it wasn't a victorious return, it was refreshing to see Puebla's familiar light-blue and white jerseys again.

Puebla, though, will be hard-pressed to stay in the first division. The club, which is understandably lacking starpower, needs victories now not only to compete for a playoff spot but to avoid the fate that Queretaro and Dorados had when they were each sent packing from Mexico's top flight.

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