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MLS Transfer Rumor: Rafa Marquez may be bound for Mexico's Leon

The nightmare that has been Rafa Marquez's time with the New York Red Bulls may finally be coming to an end.

Patrick McDermott

Amidst all the roster change that the New York Red Bulls have already enduring, the biggest one may be yet to come. ESPN is reporting that Rafael Marquez is currently in negotiations with Mexican club Leon for a deal that would likely end what has been a tumultuous time in MLS.

Leon, who was once one of Mexico's top clubs, has spent the last 10 years in the second division. But they were able to win the most recent Liga de Ascenso title to earn promotion to Liga MX. Bringing in one of Mexico's biggest stars, even one who has been far from great in recent years, could make some financial sense.

Red Bulls fans are practically giddy in anticipation. Since signing in 2010, Marquez has been arguably the worst Designated Player signing in league history. He's only appeared in 44 matches and played about 3,500 minutes, scoring just one goal and logging nine assists in the process, Meanwhile, he's earned a reputation as a malcontent and been suspended by the league several times. He's done all this while earning a reported $4.6 million last year, the second highest figure in MLS last year.