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Gonzalez named Liga MX rookie of the year

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Djaniny leaves Santos for Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli

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Marquez takes director role with Liga MX's Atlas

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Former U.S. youth international Jonathan Gonzalez named Liga MX rookie of the year

ESPN FC's Taylor Twellman doesn't understand comments that Jonathan Gonzalez fell through the cracks in U.S. Soccer after he made numerous appearances for the youth national team.
ESPN FC's Herculez Gomez gives his take on where the U.S. fell short with Jonathan Gonzalez, leading him to choose to play for Mexico.

Former United States youth international Jonathan Gonzalez was named rookie of the year at Liga MX's "Balon de Oro" awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The 19-year-old central midfielder debuted for Monterrey last July and enjoyed a breakout 2017 Apertura, after which the California native switched allegiances from the United States to Mexico.

"I'm very happy for this recognition," Gonzalez said. "I'd like to thank my club, Antonio Mohamed's coaching staff, and, of course, my family."

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Djaniny Tavares leaves Santos Laguna to join Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli

Djaniny ran away with Liga MX's golden boot with 14 goals.
Djaniny Tavares, the top scorer in the 2018 Clausura, has left Santos Laguna for Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli.

Djaniny Tavares has left Santos Laguna to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli, the Liga MX team announced on Friday.

Cape Verde international Djaniny netted 16 goals last season to lead the league and to fire Santos to the Clausura title and had been linked with a move to Sevilla earlier this summer.

A Santos Laguna statement indicated that Al-Ahli had met the 27-year-old's buy-out clause in his contract and added that he accepted the offer to move to Saudi Arabia.

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Colorado Rapids acquire Giles Barnes from Liga MX's Leon

Saphir Taider netted twice in two minutes to set Montreal on their way to a fourth straight victory, a 2-1 result over the Colorado Rapids.

The Colorado Rapids have acquired Jamaica international forward Giles Barnes from Liga MX side Leon, the club announced on Friday.

The duration of the deal for the 29-year-old former West Brom man will be six months, with the MLS side holding a club option for 2019.

"Giles is an experienced and creative forward who will provide depth for us at the striker position," said Rapids general manager Padraig Smith.

"We look forward to seeing what he can accomplish in the burgundy and blue."

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Rafa Marquez to be 'sporting president' at Liga MX club Atlas

ESPN's John Sutcliffe sits down with Rafa Marquez to reflect on his first four World Cups and opens up on the U.S. Treasury investigation.

Recently retired Mexico international Rafa Marquez will become a director at Liga MX club Atlas, club president Gustavo Guzman has confirmed.

Marquez played for Mexico at Russia 2018 in his fifth World Cup, despite being on the United States Treasury Department blacklist for links to a drug cartel, and will now take up a role at his first club.

"After Mexico went out [of the World Cup], he is taking some days off and in a couple of weeks he will become part of the organization as a director," Guzman...