Rafa Marquez wants Atlas loan during the offseason

The veteran defender thinks a loan move back to his first professional club during the offseason would be a good thing for his hopes of a spot with El Tri.
If Rafa Marquez has his way, he’d be back in a black and red jersey sooner rather than later.

The New York Red Bulls midfielder says he’d like to go out on loan during the MLS winter break, and he sees struggling Atlas - the club where he made his professional debut - as a perfect place to do that.

“My intention during the break is to stay active, because I’d like to earn a place in the national team,” Marquez said. “I think Atlas has the priority for me to play January and February, and even December to do the preseason.”

Many international MLS players of late have sought offseason loans during MLS’ extended winter break. Marquez sought a loan to Atlas last year, but the deal couldn’t be completed with the Red Bulls.

“For now there’s nothing clear,” said Marquez. “I’m in discussions with Red Bull to see what the terms and conditions would be of the loan and the exit. Then I’ll bring it to Atlas and see if they can cover the expenses.”

Marquez also spoke of the possibility of investing in the troubled Guadalajara side, known for developing youth talent.

The long-time Barcelona player moved to New York in 2010, but results have been mixed as the Mexican has often been the center of controversy, most recently being sent off in the Red Bulls’ season ending loss to DC United in the Eastern Conference semifinals last week.

Atlas, a historic Mexican side, finds itself struggling to avoid relegation, heading into next year’s Clausura second to bottom in the percentages table, which determines which team goes down.

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