My latest effort for SI.com was a bit of a callaborative effort between myself and Andrea. It should make some noise both here and in Mexico.
Jesus Padilla of Chivas de Guadalajara, we found out, was born in San Jose, Calif. How did we find that out? We got a copy of his birth certificate, which shows he was born here in the U.S.
Chivas thus has an American on their roster.
Padilla has played only for Tapatio (their second-division club) this year but he played for Chivas in Copa Libertadores on Tuesday. He's played in 11 games for Chivas and has played in SuperLiga, Sudamericana and now Libertadores as well.
We'll be discussing the story and its implications here in more detail I'm sure but for now I just wanted to pass the link and story along.