Liga MX: Leon officially announce Rodolfo Cota signing
Leon had the joint-worst defense in the Liga MX Clausura 2018 competition with 33 goals allowed, on par with Lobos BUAP. The backline was faulty and it also did not help that goalkeeper William Yarbrough had his worst Liga MX season to date.
The Mexican-born keeper of American descent was very inconsistent throughout the Clausura 2018 and it was clearly an area that Leon needed to strengthen. Rodolfo Cota’s loan at Chivas de Guadalajara was over and he was set to return to Pachuca.
Leon is part of Grupo Pachuca, so Cota was optioned to Los Esmeraldas because of the team’s necessities in net. The move had been rumored for weeks, but was just made official by La Fiera this Wednesday, May 16.
Cota has been playing in the Liga MX since 2007 and his contract has been owned by Pachuca since then. The 30-year-old has had loan stints with Puebla from 2014-2015 and with Chivas de Guadalajara from 2015-2018.
Bienvenido al Primer Campeonísimo del futbol mexicano.
— Club León (@clubleonfc) May 17, 2018
The Sinaloa native was a late bloomer that did not really burst onto the scene until the Clausura 2017 season when he led Chivas to a league title. Cota was also a key part of Chivas’ recent CONCACAF Champions League title and will be looking to stay consistent with his new team.
The veteran goalkeeper has received attention from the Mexico national team but will not be playing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Given that he is a goalkeeper he could be in the discussion for the next World Cup if he can keep up his quality going forward.
For now, he should be able to help Leon concede much fewer goals in the Apertura 2018 than the team did in the Clausura 2018.