Never Change, Rafa... Never Change

Andy Marlin

Get ready for some schadenfreude. The more things change the more they stay the same...

For those of you who thought a return to Mexico with Club Leon would provide the change of scenery Rafael Marquez needs to turn his misfourtune-laden two-and-a-half years in New York around, well, you'd be wrong.

Marquez is literally the same player as the one who so gracefully left the Red Bulls back in December.

It all started with Leon's first away game of the season against 2012 Apertura champions Club Tijuana, which Leon dropped 1-0.

The defender's reasoning for the loss?

"(The artificial field) not only affected me but the whole team, like I said we play soccer in certain style that we cannot practice in this field," said Marquez. "Here the ball bounces different due to the field, it's totally different."

Now? Marquez is out two weeks with injuries to both legs. Both. Legs.

According to Mexican reports, collected over at Big Apple Soccer, Marquez suffered a painful blow to his right leg and has muscle spasms in his left.

Club Leon is hurting a bit too, with only one win in seven games. The sit in 16th place (out of 18 teams) with five points.

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