• Wednesday Dec 11, 2013

    Tena takes the reins at Cruz Azul

    Luis Fernando Tena (right) speaks to the media after being named head coach of Cruz Azul on December 11, 2013. (Photo: Mexsport)

     

    MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Cruz Azul announced Wednesday that Luis Fernando Tena will return for his fourth stint as head coach at the club, replacing Guillermo Vazquez, who was let go more than a week ago.

    Tena, who guided the Mexico City-based side to its last domestic-league title in 1997, directed Mexico to a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  Earlier that year, he led the Tricolor to the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament title.

    The Mexico City-based side has advanced to this season’s CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals with a perfect 4-0-0 record in the group stage, but was eliminated from the Mexican Apertura playoffs at the quarterfinal stage by Toluca, 4-1 on aggregate.

    Most recently, Tena was in charge of Mexico for one game, a 2-0 loss at the United States in a World Cup qualifier on September 10, 2013.  He was a short-term replacement for Jose Manuel de la Torre, who was relieved of his duties after a string of mediocre results.

    The 55-year-old also won the 2000 Invierno with Morelia.

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