Mexican international and recent Colorado Rapids target Alan Pulido was kidnapped on Sunday in the border state of Tamaulipas, a state official confirmed to the Associated Press.
Pulido, 25, is a forward for Greek club Olympiacos. He was on Mexico’s roster for the 2014 World Cup, but was not named to the country’s 23-man squad for the upcoming Copa America Centenario.
According to the AP, the official said that Pulido was kidnapped after leaving a party near his hometown of Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas, early on Sunday morning.
Pulido’s brother, Armando, confirmed the news to Mexican outlet Medio Tiempo.
Pulido turned pro with Tigres UANL in 2010. He left the club for Greece following the 2014 World Cup, though he’s been involved in a legal dispute with the team about the validity of his contract since his departure.
The Rapids were interested in signing Pulido this winter, and club technical director Paul Bravo even traveled to Greece to meet with the striker in January.
Pulido had five goals in eight appearances with Olympiacos last season.