• Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

    Pinto, Baez report to training with Cruz Azul

    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.

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