Thursday, May 29, 2008

On their way out

Bruno Marioni, who had been mentioned as a possible MLS target, is out of Atlas. But he's not heading north. Marioni left the Guadalajara club and joined Pachuca, who like Atlas reached the repechaje round of the postseason but could not advance to the Liguilla.

Marioni is a talented striker who scored plenty of clutch goals in his brief stint with Atlas. Now, he joins his fourth Mexican league club as Marioni also played for Pumas and Toluca.

Meanwhile, Jose Pekerman is out of Toluca. According to several reports, it appeared the decision was personal matters - some sort of family emergency - that forced Pekerman's hand. No word if Pekerman is taking over at another club or the national team, though neither seems likely. It's possible the federation is waiting until after the Mexican league final is over to announce any signing of any coach, whether it's Sven Goran Eriksson as has been widely rumored or another candidate.

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