Atlas terminates Alexi Gomez's contract after player spotted playing pickup game

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The Peruvian was signed on loan before the season but has been terminated for breach of contract

Alexi Gomez is no longer with Atlas, the Guadalajara club confirmed Tuesday.

Gomez was spotted playing in a pickup match on an artificial turf field before Atlas's March 9 win over Puebla. He was not in the squad for that match and now has had his contract terminated for violating the agreement.

The Peruvian midfielder arrived at the club on loan from Universitario at the start of the 2018 season and had appeared in seven matches.

"We are informing (the public) that from this date, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, [regarding] the Peruvian soccer player Edwin Alexi Gomez Gutierrez, who arrived for this 2018 Clausura tournament on loan from Club Universitario de Deportes de Peru, the contractual relationship with our club has culminated," read an Atlas news release.

"The termination of the contract corresponds to various breaches of the internal rules of the club by the player."

Even with last week's win over Puebla, Atlas currently sits in last place in the Liga MX table. The club fired manager Jose Cruz after starting the season with two defeats but hasn't turned things around under Ruben Omar Romano, either. The Zorros currently have two wins, a draw and eight defeats in the Clausura and a -10 goal difference.

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"We made bad signings," club president Gustavo Guzman told ESPN Mexico. "That's soccer, and we brought in a Peruvian who was killing it in his country, the most valuable player in the league. But I screwed it up. We made a mistake with something in terms of Alexis, which was in the mental aspect and his education."

Gomez's last game with the club was a 10-minute appearance in a Feb. 18 loss to Tigres.

Atlas travels to face relegation-threatened Veracruz on Sunday then returns to the Estadio Jalisco after the international break to host league leader Santos Laguna.

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