César “Chelito” Delgado, who was born in Argentina and has spent fifteen seasons in Mexico (with Cruz Azul from 2003-08, and then with Monterrey from 2011-present), has now obtained Mexican citizenship.
That means the midfielder will now be a domestic player for roster purposes, which frees up one of Monterrey’s foreign roster slots. Delgado’s transition to a domestic player was not affected by the new roster rules that go into effect this season, in which any player with Mexican citizenship will immediately count as domestic.
Previously, foreign-born players had to play in Mexico for ten seasons before counting as domestic players even if they had gotten their citizenship before that time was up. As Delgado has spent nine years playing in Mexico, he would have been counted as a domestic player for this season under the old rules as well.
Carlos Barra, Monterrey’s coach, has said that the Rayados will be looking for someone to fill the foreign roster slot that Delgado has vacated.