Liga MX side Cruz Azul, managed by Luis Fernando Tena, is looking to reload for the 2014 Liga MX Clausura tournament, and to do that, they are looking northward for talent. According to a report from ESPN Deportes, La Maquina has signed LA Galaxy striker Jose Villareal, Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Farfan and San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Rafael Baca to deals.
Villareal will be with Cruz Azul on loan, while Farfan and Baca have been signed to contracts. All three players will either play with the first team or the reserve team, Cruz Azul Hidalgo, which plays in the second division, Ascenso MX.
A Galaxy official declined to comment when contacted about the report when contacted by MLSsoccer.com, while an official with the Earthquakes asserted that Baca is under terms with the club for 2014, and that the team looks forward to bringing him back next year.
The Philadelphia Union declined comment on the report.
Villarreal, 20, has appeared in 32 games for the Los Angeles Galaxy since signing a first-team contract in 2012, scoring three goals and notching an assist. Villareal started 12 games for the club in 2013. A tweet by Villareal to Serrano revealed a major hint to the loan, according to LAG Confidential.
Farfan, 25, has appeared in 82 games over three seasons for the Philadelphia Union, notching four goals and nine assists. Farfan was a last-minute addition to the MLS All-Star team roster in 2012 and logged 16 minutes off the bench.
Baca, 24, is a native of Michoacan, Mexico and has appeared in 79 games over the past three seasons for San Jose, including a career-high 33 appearances during the team’s run to the Supporters’ Shield in 2012.