Marquez returns to Mexico by joining Leon

Just in case New York Red Bulls fans needed more confirmation of Rafa Marquez’s departure, in comes word that he has already found a new home in Mexico.

Hours after mutually agreeing to part ways with the Red Bulls, Marquez signed a deal with Leon, the Mexican club announced on Thursday. The move marks the controversial Marquez’s return to Mexico, where he has not played club soccer since 1999 while with Atlas.

Leon recently secured promotion to Liga MX, and have signed the 33-year-old Marquez and former Mexican national team forward Nery Castillo as reinforcements.

What do you think of Leon signing Marquez? Are you already picturing the club getting relegated after Marquez is ejected in the final game of the year? Too busy celebrating his Red Bulls departure to care?

Share your thoughts below.

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35 Responses to Marquez returns to Mexico by joining Leon

  1. Ceez says:

    FINALLY! I mean, I feel he started to pick it up and was giving it an honest shot in his last few games here but, no. The team is better off without him. He was a defensive liability, as good as his distribution may have been. Good riddance from a NYRB fan’s perspective but good luck to him from a rational human’s perspective.

    • patrick says:

      you DO remember that he got a terrible red card in his last game in MLS, right?

      • Iggy says:

        exactly, as soon as he got it together a bit he reverted to being a bone head when his team needed him most.

      • fortunate only says:

        Terrible red card?

        He was ejected due to two yellows. The timing was terrible in the sense that the RedBulls were pushing forward and had a man advantage, especially after Cooper missed the PK but the challenge itself wasn’t bad when you consider the fact that Rafa was the one standing between Pontius and an open run at goal.

        • Eurosnob says:

          The first yellow should have been a straight red. NYRB’s coach was the only one not to see that Rafa was out of control and even with the favorable MLS refs it was only the matter of time before Rafa would be ejected.

      • Ceez says:

        Season ticket holder buddy. Was well aware of what I was saying. Didn’t think I had to go into details but I guess I do.

        He picked it up. Was giving it an honest shot. Went back to his old ways. Fans are tired. Bye, Marquez.

  2. Münster says:

    just about as smart as he looks…

  3. Fmarquez says:

    Pince cabron, bendejo, merda, ijo de puta!!!

  4. slowleftarm says:

    Guy was an absolute joke from day one and you almost couldn’t make up how much of a bum this clown has been NYRB. What a win-win for NYRB too, shedding his ridiculous salary and opening up a DP spot so a real player can actually be brought in for next season.

  5. RK says:

    Marquez and Castillo?? Leon will implode.

  6. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:


  7. Don Dallas says:

    Henry REALLY went to bat for this guy repeatedly.

    Wonder what his reaction is.

  8. Chaz says:

    BUH BYE!!!!!

  9. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

    Please don’t tell me NYRB got NOTHING for him. He had a year left on his contract right? Was there a transfer fee? What’s the story?

    • beto says:

      i think getting out of the contract was consolation enough

    • slowleftarm says:

      Getting rid of this clown for free was an incredible deal. Saving $5m in salary and freeing up a DP spot is more than enough.

      • Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

        Alright. Good points. I wasn’t really thinking it through I guess. This is probably the best move they’ll make this season. I’m torn if Juninho is the right guy based on his age but what do I know. I though not gett a transfer fee was a bad idea, lol.

  10. Sean says:

    Well, Henry? He’ll probably be upset. I mean, he and Marquez have things in common; For example, Marquez threw Tim Ream under the bus by criticizing his play while Henry threw Kenny Cooper under the bus by criticizing his play.

    • fortunate only says:

      This is a perfect example and one that amplifies the microcosm that is the MLS fan base.

      Rafa criticizes Ream and everyone gets upset.

      Henry criticizes his teammates, namely Cooper, and nobody says a word.

      It’s okay, most MLS fans didn’t like Rafa from the very beginning due to his history.

      I thought he was decent when healthy although he was constantly exposed by pace.

      • Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

        What did Titi say about Cooper?

      • beachbum says:

        mostly because it was clear to the entire league that Marquez NEVER cared a lick about NYRB or MLS. Marquez criticizing anyone’s play except his own is hilarious. The dude has been irrelevant for years, at millions per year no less

        I remember when Red Bulls signed Henry, I was ready to bandwagon that team hard…then they signed Marquez and got the wrath of the soccer gods they deserved for such heresy–years of mediocrity

        why should the uS embrace such a sad EFF? it was on him to reach out to the US fans, and what a surprise, the immature Marquez failed to even try.

        Marquez is a worthy recipient of the disgust he receives. Henry is not close to the same universe of juvenile loserdom that Marquez dominates

        biggest loser EVER in MLS…Marquez.


        that you look to use this to criticize the MLS fan only illuminates your lack of understanding in this situation.

  11. beto says:

    was he drunk at that photo?

  12. John says:

    The goal he scored against Toronto was a beauty. One of the few times JPA, Titi, and Marquez were on the pitch at the same time.

  13. Paul says:

    Thanks Santa, has to be the best gift an NYRB fan can recieve

  14. Marquez is awful says:

    good riddance

  15. PBJOHN says:

    Come see him get ejected from Estadio Caliente on January 12th

  16. limey says:

    Good riddance he was an embarrassment to Mexico.

  17. MB says:

    Goodbye Rafa, you will not be missed. You could not have been worse over the past three seasons. Lazy, slow, disinterested, cowardly, the list goes on. I do not see you having much success at Leon either, your career has been over for a few years now.