Saturday, January 28, 2023

Guillermo Ochoa ends his second spell with America

MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) — Guillermo Ochoa announced the end of his second stint with America, where the veteran goalkeeper established himself as one of the popular Mexican club’s most emblematic figures.

The 37-year-old Ochoa completed his contract with Aguilas after the Apertura tournament ended in October. According to versions of the Mexican media, he may have arranged his pass to Salernitana, a team located in the middle of the table in the Italian Serie A.

“Today is the time to seek new horizons, new challenges, new adventures that allow me to move forward as a person and as a footballer,” Ochoa published on his social networks as a farewell.

The Mexican team’s starting goalkeeper also left the door open for a future reunion with the US.

“I appreciate the support of the club and the board so that this was just a pause in our relationship today we just had different visions of what our future holds,” he said.

“Memo” Ochoa became one of the references to the cream-blue team’s most recent era.

He made his debut on 15 February 2004 in a 3–2 win over Monterrey in the Clausura tournament. From that moment on, he had a solid career with the club over two spells, with whom he played 424 games and left his goal empty on 120 occasions.

He was part of the Americanista squad that won the Clausura 2005 title and weeks later he won the 2005 Champion of Champions title, his only award as Azulcrema.

He left for Europe in 2011, signing with Ajaccio in the French league. He then entered the Spanish leagues with Málaga and Granada and closed out his European spell with Standard Liège in Belgium.

He was the goalscorer for Mexico in the last three World Championships.

The US managed to bring back the stellar goalkeeper in 2019, eight years after he moved to Europe.

“Three and a half years into his second stint as goalkeeper for Las Aguilas, Guillermo Ochoa says goodbye to the institution that developed and established him as a landmark player for Club America and Mexican football,” the American Institute said in a statement. Published in the farewell letter …

Ochoa’s new sporting platform comes just days after he participated in his fifth World Cup outside Mexico and joined the ranks of historic footballers with the feat, including Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Germany’s Lothar Matthaus Is. And also the Mexicans Rafael Marquez and Andres Guardado.

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