Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 8/14/12
Pablo Barrera received the latest in a series of humbling reminders about the current state of his affairs during the second half of Cruz Azul's 1-0 win over Puebla on Sunday afternoon. In a match his struggling side needed to win against an overwhelmed opponent reduced to ten men, Barrera offered few signs to suggest he had once earned a £4million move to West Ham United, featured three times as a substitute at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa or tormented Jonathan Bornstein in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final little more than a year ago. Cruz Azul manager Guillermo Vázquez decided he could live without Barrera's minimal contributions to the game as his side chased the winner Mariano Pavone eventually provided seven minutes from time. The choice to hand reserve team midfielder Raúl Vidal a first-team debut in Barrera's place merely underscored Vázquez's displeasure with the situation. Barrera cut short his European excursion after two seasons to avoid this exact type of scenar...
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