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The Mexican soccer federation and Liga MX management have approved the move of the Jaguares de Chiapas club to the central city of Queretaro.
The idea originated with the owners of Queretaro’s existing Liga MX team, which was relegated at the end of the just-completed season.
The Queretaro ownership group, led by businessman Amando Yañez, said Tuesday that the man hired last month to manage the now-relegated squad, Ignacio Ambriz, will stay on as coach of the transplanted Jaguares.
Queretaro had a respectable finish last season, but Liga MX determines relegation based on cumulative point totals over six seasons.
The deal to move Jaguares from Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of the southern state of Chiapas, to Queretaro - where they will be known as the Gallos Blancos - gives the new owners an option to bid on players from the Jaguares’ current roster.
Two other franchises have expressed interest in relocating, Liga MX president Decio de Maria said Monday.
Just promoted from the second division, La Piedad wants to move from its current base in the likenamed city in the western state of Michoacan.
San Luis, which plays in the central city of San Luis Potosi, is also seeking greener pastures.
De Maria did not mention any potential new locations for either franchise.