Fausto Pinto, shown above playing for Toluca, returned to Cruz Azul in December 2013 for his second stint with the five-time CONCACAF club champion. (Photo: Mexsport)
MEXICO CITY – In preparation for its 2014 Liga MX Clausura opener on January 4 away to Monterrey, Cruz Azul kicked off five days of preseason double-training sessions Monday at the High Performance Center.
Two recent acquisitions – Mexican international Fausto Pinto (25 caps) and Xavier Baez – underwent medical examinations and joined their new teammates.
Pinto returns for a second stint with La Maquina after a year with Toluca, where he made 32 league appearances, as well as two in the 2013 Copa Libertadores and one in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League.
The defender, 30, started his career with Pachuca, winning three domestic crowns (2001 Invierno, 2006 Clausura, 2007 Clausura), plus two CONCACAF Champions Cups (2007, 2008) and a Copa Sudamericana (2006). He played in 125 league games for Cruz Azul from 2009-2012.
Similar to Pinto, Baez also played the past 12 months with Toluca, taking the field in 16 Liga MX encounters and three in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League.
The 26-year-old midfielder was loaned to Toluca after six years with Guadalajara.
Cruz Azul will face Sporting Kansas City in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals next year.