Our old friend Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, aka Chelís, formerly coach of Chivas USA but currently back with his hometown club Puebla, led his team to a cup final this week.
On Wednesday, Puebla lost the Copa MX final to Santos Laguna. Though a late goal by la franja led to a 2-2 stalemate and penalty kicks, they ultimately lost in Torreon 4-2 on PKs.
Several notable names got the start for Puebla. A player with previous Chivas USA ties, defender Mario de Luna, got the start, alongside U.S. Men's National Team player Michael Orozco, as well as El Tri legend and former Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco. But it was not enough on the road, as Puebla couldn't lift the cup.
The Copa MX final was Chelís' first as coach since the 2012 Apertura, when he was coaching Ascenso MX side Correcaminos. His club also lost that final.
Otherwise, it's not a vintage season for Puebla, as they currently sit in 15th place in the 2014 Apertura table, so it doesn't look like the playoffs are in their sights. Still, it was nice to get to a cup final, if they couldn't quite get over the final hurdle.
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