The official word came down Tuesday that yes indeed, Mexican forward/midfielder Adolfo Bautista, widely known by his nickname "Bofo," has been signed by Chivas USA. The 34-year-old will join the team for the 2014 season, though details of the deal were not disclosed.
Bautista is a cult figure among Mexican soccer fans, especially fans of Chivas de Guadalajara, where he played 2004-07 and 2010-11, helping the club win their last Mexican Primera title in the 2006 Apertura. He's also played for Estudiantes Tecos, Morelia, Pachuca, Jaguares de Chiapas and Queretaro in his Mexican top flight career. Most recently, he had featured for Atletico San Luis in the second division, though he hadn't played much for that club, either, as he had essentially been out of the game for the past two years.
As a result, there are considerable risks that come with Bofo's signing. The player has proven to be a dynamic talent with a quirky personality across his career, but the rust is going to be considerable and his own expectations may not match his contributions. Add to that the fact that he is joining a new league in a new country, and he may not be the transformative figure many may wish to see.
However, he is a player who has played for the Mexican national team in the past, including at the 2010 World Cup, and he has been counted out multiple times previously, only to push his team on an unlikely run. Also, his signing has been largely popular among Chivas USA fans, and has excited fans of Chivas de Guadalajara and MLS more widely, so he could energize this club in a way that has been needed for years.
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