• Monday Nov 19, 2012

    Tigres acquires Villa from Pumas

    MEXICO CITY - Tigres UANL received a boost Thursday for its title chances in the CONCACAF Champions League, acquiring Argentine striker Emanuel "Tito" Villa from fellow Mexican side Pumas UNAM, the Mexico City club said on its website.

    The 30-year-old Villa scored 54 goals over the past three years with Cruz Azul before transferring last summer to Pumas, where scored only three goals in 13 games during the Apertura. He led the Mexican Apertura in 2009 with 17 goals.

    Tigres, which won Champions League Group 6 by one point over Alajuelense, is set to face the Seattle Sounders FC in the quarterfinals in March. It scored the eighth-most goals during the Mexican Apertura season while finishing 12th overall and missing the "Liguilla" playoffs.

    Villa, who began his career in 2001 with Huracan in his native Argentina, also played with Atletico Rafaela and Rosario Central before first arriving in Mexico with Atlas in 2006. He transferred to Tecos before moving to Derby County in England for two seasons and then returned to the Mexican league with Cruz Azul.

    He scored 11 goals in the Champions League over two seasons, including eight in the 2009-2010 campaign to help Cruz Azul to the semifinals, where it fell to eventual champion Monterrey.

    Villa will join fellow Argentine Lucas Lobos, who led Tigres with six goals during the Apertura.

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