What will Chivas look like this season?
Fans of Mexico's most-popular team hope it looks better than it did in the Clausura. During that tournament, Chivas dumped Jorge Cardozo for Tomas Boy but neither manager had much success. Boy, who leads the team into the new campaign, oversaw just one victory as the team stumbled to a 14th-place finish.
There were changes this offseason, with director Jose Luis Higuera leaving the club during the summer. The club, which signs only Mexican players, also was active in bringing in new faces. The club mostly has pushed its chips in on veterans, perhaps after the success midfielder Jesus Molina had upon arrival last year.
- Falcao making up for lost time at Rayo Vallecano as World Cup quest continues
- Gilberto Silva exclusive: Arsenal legend on Arteta, Edu, Partey's importance and beating Spurs
- Stop Lukaku, stop Chelsea? Tuchel needs big-money Blues attackers to help £98m star striker
- Man Utd misery: Fernandes penalty failure and defensive injuries pile early-season pressure on Solskjaer
By far the biggest name Chivas brought in this season is Oribe Peralta, a bit of a gamble for the club at age 35. Peralta had five goals in the 2018 Apertura as his production has continued to slide. Yet, Chivas hope he can lend veteran experience that not only leads to a resurgence for the former America forward but also will provide a boost for an attacking corps that features Alan Pulido and Alexis Vega. "El Hermoso" has started three of the first four contests of the year.
There's another face familiar to Chivas fans at the Estadio Akron, with center back Oswaldo Alanis back at the club just a year after breaking away to try his luck in Spain. It didn't work as well as he would've hoped, and Alanis has returned to Guadalajara. Antonio Briseno, another player who had a disappointing season in Europe at the club level, also signed. Briseno played every game for Feirense but the club was relegated from Portugal's top division.
With those new arrivals coming in, veteran center back Jair Pereira moved on. The 33-year-old signed with Queretaro during the summer and will hope to prove the Chivas staff wrong about his career being all but over. Tony Alfaro, who the club brought in during the winter but saw little action in the Clausura, is being sent out on loan. So too is Jesus Godinez, who joins Chivas loanee Jose Juan Macias at Leon.
One player previously on loan who is back with Chivas is goalkeeper Tono Rodriguez after playing with Lobos BUAP on loan in the previous campaigns. He's wrested the starting goalkeeper job away from Raul Gudino, with plenty of increased competition for the role.
Are Chivas done in the market? Buying only Mexican players limits their options. There were links with Tigres winger Jurgen Damm and Pachuca defender Erick Aguirre but those moves appear to be on hold for now.
With two wins from four to start the season, Chivas fans will be hoping their club has done enough for now.