Claudio Suarez, the player with the most international appearances in Mexican National Team history, will return to Chivas USA in 2009, the Major League Soccer club announced Friday. A three-year veteran of MLS and longtime captain of the Mexican National Team, Suárez played his last game for Chivas USA on Oct. 25, 2008, vs. the Houston Dynamo, before announcing his retirement from professional soccer on March 7, 2009.

"Claudio Suarez is a living legend of international soccer and his leadership is key to the success of our club," said Chivas USA President and CEO Shawn Hunter. "Throughout his decision-making process, we have maintained an active dialogue with Claudio. We are happy today to announce that he will be back with Chivas USA for the 2009 season."