The Mexican soccer club Morelia made its transfer to the city of Mazatlán, Sinaloa official on Tuesday, to compete in that locality from the Apertura-2020 tournament.
“Starting next season, Mazatlán will be our home,” the Monarcas Morelia club announced in a statement. “We are going with the hope of growing soccer and rooting the team in the community.”
Atlético Morelia reached the Mexican first division in 1957. He descended in 1968. He returned in 1981 and since then he had remained on the maximum circuit in this town in the state of Michoacán (western Mexico).
During his stay in the first division, the Morelia club won a league (Winter-2000), a cup (Apertura-2013) and a super cup (2013-14).
«Monarcas Morelia was part of the contemporary history of the city; The trophies obtained and the name of Monarchs belong to Morelia and its people, “the club said in the statement.
Also, in his informative message, the Moreliano club stressed that his move to Mazatlán will be a memorable event for the state of Sinaloa (north-west).
“For the first time in history, soccer of the highest category in our country will arrive in Mazatlán, one of the most important ports in Latin America (located in the Mexican Pacific).”
Regarding the announcement of this move, Liga MX (first division) pointed out that it has “all the corresponding documentation established by the regulations” to make name and headquarters changes.
Liga MX will turn this documentation over to its General Assembly to make the requested changes official.
Already settled in Mazatlán, Morelia will play in a recently built stadium that will have a capacity for around 25,000 people and that required an investment of around 460 million pesos (about 21 million dollars).
“Innovation and modernity, combined with the warm and irreverent spirit of the Mazatlecos will allow a long-term project,” Morelia predicted in his statement.
For Quirino Ordaz, governor of Sinaloa, having a first-division team represents an attraction to promote the tourist relaunch of his entity stigmatized by drug trafficking problems.
In the state of Sinaloa there is an antecedent in the Mexican first division: the Dorados that are based in Culiacán and that until the last Clausura-2020 tournament competed in Ascenso MX (second division).
Los Dorados had two periods in the first division, the first from 2004 to 2006 in which the Spanish Josep Guardiola participated in his last experience as a soccer player, and then from 2015 to 2016.
Los Dorados tried to return to the maximum circuit, but lost the two finals of the 2018-19 cycle under the technical direction of the Argentine Diego Armando Maradona. .