Alan Puldio will return to Mexico and play for Chivas, the Guadalajara side announced Tuesday. Pulido joins from Greek side Olympiacos, where he scored five goals in eight league appearances during the 2015-16 season.
After a bright campaign with Tigres earned him a spot on Mexico's 2014 World Cup roster, Puldio became best known for incidents that took place off the field. After the tournament in Brazil, he tried to leave Mexico on a transfer, believing he was a free agent, but Tigres insisted he had more time in Liga MX after signing a contract extension. The case went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which largely sided with the club. Still, Pulido moved to Levadiakos, then onto Olympiacos in summer 2015. Earlier that summer, it had appeared that Pulido would join Chivas for the 2015 Apertura after the Mexican side purchased half of his rights from Tigres in the league's annual draft where intraleague transfers are conducted.
This summer, the deal has gone through, after Pulido spent a year in Greece and won a title with Olympiacos.
“It’s in the interest of Club Deportivo Guadalajara to give sincere thanks to Club Tigres of UANL for the great attitude shown during all the negotiations to finally complete the return of one of the best forwards Mexico has to our country," Chiavs wrote in a news release.
— CHIVAS (@Chivas) August 30, 2016
On the field with Chivas, Pulido joins forward Angel Zaldivar up front and arrives just after the Guadalajara side's attack found success in a 3-0 win over rival Club America. But goals haven't been easy to come by this tournament or in previous campaigns for the club, and Pulido could be critical to the team's success going forward. The team has a policy of fielding only Mexican players and had difficulty finding help up top after club legend Omar Bravo started to dip in form.
The club has high hopes that Pulido can help fill that void.
“As part of our permanent promise to have a team that’s highly competitive in achieving its goals, Guadalajara’s directors came to an agreement with the attacker Alan Pulido for him to join the most Mexican team in national soccer for this Apertura 2016 and that he might be one piece more for the Rebano Sagrado to continue with its mission to be a protagonist in Liga MX with a base in its attacking style," read a news release.