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Indios de Ciudad Juarez Loses License, Will Not Play In Liga de Ascenso

Indios de Ciudad Juarez, a Liga de Ascenso team dealing with crippling amounts of debt, has been denied a license by the Mexican football federation because of their financial problems and will not be allowed to field a team in the Liga de Ascenso this season. The club was founded in 2005 and promoted to the Primera Division after the 2007-08 season, but was relegated back to the second division at the conclusion of the 2010 Bicentenario.

The club, based in Ciudad Juares, just across the Mexican-American border from El Paso, Texas, has been suffering from crippling financial problems since their relegation. This week, they were called to speak to the Federation about their plans to bring the club out of debt and to make the case for their continued participation in the Liga de Ascenso, but did not show. It was at that point that the Executive Committee of the FMF decided to revoke the club's license.

There will be a special registration window until January 31 for teams in the Mexican Primera and Liga de Ascenso that wish to sign Indios players on free transfers. The most high profile of those players is Blas Perez, a striker who is first choice for Panama. He has previously played for Tigres, Pachuca and San Luis in the top flight and was one of the best players in the second division for Club Leon before joining Indios.