After being eliminated by Atlas FC in the quarterfinals of Clausura 2022, Chivas already are planning what will be the 2022-23 Liga MX season, as they know that they need to strengthen the squad if they want to avoid having another regular season.
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El Rebaño Sagrado had to wait until the last four games of the season to have consecutive victories, as it wasn’t until Marcelo Michel Leaño was sacked and, in his place, Ricardo Cadena was named interim coach, that Chivas were able to have a good streak.
Although Chivas also needs to select a coach for Apertura 2022, as Ricardo Peláez opposes the naming of Cadena as the official coach, so far, he hasn’t had any luck with the candidates that he considered, leaving them with few options other than the Mexican coach.
But whether they decide to keep Cadena or sign a new coach, one of the positions that urgently needs to be improved is in the offense, as neither Ángel Zaldívar nor José Juan Macías were able to contribute consistently throughout the season.
The striker that Chivas wants is a Dual Nat
Ángel Zaldívar started the season scoring two goals in the same number of games, but after that, he only found the net one more time, before Leaño was sacked. While Macías only scored two times given that his lack of shape and the injuries kept him out of the pitches for half of the season.
That’s why Amaury Vergara and Ricardo Peláez are looking for a new forward, and according to reports, they are after Santiago Muñoz, who currently plays for Premier League side Newcastle United’s U-23, although he hasn’t had the regularity wanted.
Muñoz, who was born in El Paso, Texas, but was formed in the academy teams of Santos Laguna, is on an 18-month loan with the English side, but given the inconsistent participation that he’s having, Chivas are looking to acquire him so he can earn regularity and they a consistent striker.
Are they breaking any traditions?
Although one of the long-standing traditions in El Rebaño Sagrado is to sign only Mexican players, the addition of the 19-year-old Mexican American striker wouldn’t break any intern rules, as he holds the Mexican citizenship and has even made his international career with the Mexican youth national teams.