Big things were expected of Adolfo 'Bofo' Bautista when he joined MLS side Chivas USA in the off-season. Fast-forward just two months later and the mercurial Mexican striker is already out of the league.
A former Chivas de Guadalajara legend, Chivas USA's parent club, and an international with 38 career appearances for the Mexico national team, the 34-year-old Bautista joined MLS on March 9th.
The forward didn't net a single time in any of his seven appearances north of the border and is back out of the door.
The star's age was showing, he was on the wrong side of 30 and father time had caught up, robbing him of the speed he had earlier in his career and self-inflicted fitness woes keeping him to a slow pace and being mainly used off the bench.
“We want to thank Adolfo Bautista for his dedication, commitment and professionalism during his time with our club,” Chivas USA head coach Wilmer Cabrera said in a statement released by the club.
“He is a respected leader on and off the field, and we wish him the best of luck in all his endeavours moving forward.”
'Bofo's celebrity status meant he was already a fan favourite by the time he joined the side and supporters cheered loudly every time he entered the pitch but in the end results on the pitch mean more than merchandising sales in competitive football.