Pre-Apertura 2016 Roster Changes: Necaxa

logo necaxaNecaxa won the Clausura 2016 Ascenso MX title and then defeated Apertura 2015 champion FC Juarez to win promotion back into the first division.

The Rayos will need a strong showing to avoid dropping right back into the second division; they’re starting the Apertura in last place in the Tabla de Cociente.

With that in mind, Necaxa has made a number of changes ahead of their return to Liga MX, with a total of 10 players coming in and 10 departing.

Arriving from abroad are Argentinian goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero (River Plate), Argentinian defender Fernando Meza (CD Palestino), Chilean midfielder Manuel Iturra (Rayo Vallecano), Argentinian striker Claudio Riaño (Unión de Santa Fe), Uruguayan striker Diego Riolfo (Montevideo Wanderers), and Chilean striker Edson Puch (Liga de Quito), all on permanent transfers.

Moving within Mexico are Jairo González, Jesús Cháves, and Severo Meza (all from Dorados de Sinaloa) and Alejandro Díaz (América). González has transferred to the club while the other three have come on loan.

In terms of departures, Alejandro Gallardo (Correcaminos), Luis Padilla (Celaya) and Alan Mendoza (Dorados) have all transferred away from the club, while Carlos Ramos (Zacatepec), Édgar Alaffita (Lobos BUAP), and Kevin Chaurand (Lobos BUAP) have gone on loan.

In addition, Antonio Gallardo (Chivas de Guadalajara), Benjamín Joya (Santos Laguna), Óscar Fernández (Alebrijes de Oaxaca), and Jahir Barraza (Atlas) have all returned to their parent clubs at the end of their respective loan deals.

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