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December 29, 2012
Marquez plays for Leon in win

Former Red Bulls defender-midfielder Rafa Marquez played for his new Mexican team, Leon, in its 2-1 friendly win over Veracrruz on Friday.

The game was played in three halves of 30 minutes apiece.

Former Mexican international and Chicago Fire forward Nery Castillo also appeared in the match, which was Leon's second in the pre-season as it prepares for the Mexican Clausura.

Marquez played on the backline and according to reports, coordinated what was one of the best defenses in the Apuerta.

There were no reports as to whether Marquez was carded in the game.

Marquez was one of the most vilified Red Bulls in team history before the Major League Soccer club bought out his contract earlier this month.

He is the only player in MLS history to finish seasons -- consecutive ones at that -- with a red card.

The Mexican international was given a straight red after the Red Bulls lost at home to the LA Galaxy in the conference semifinals in 2001 after he started a minor melee by throwing the ball at Landon Donovan. He was given his marching orders after his second yellow card in another 1-0 home defeat to D.C. United in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Castillo is on loan from Pachuca.

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