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Under 20 team to compete in tournament hosted by Independiente del Valle

05 de Agosto del 2016 5:09 pm.

Santos Laguna will send another group of its youth players to international competition, this time to the prestigious Independiente Copa Internacional Mitad del Mundo in Ecuador, hosted by recentCopa Libertadores finalist Independiente del Valle.

The group of players is scheduled to travel to Sangolquí, Ecuador this Friday, to take part in the compeition from August 7 to the 21 against clubs such as  Barcelona (Ecu), El Nacional (Ecu), Independiente del Valle (Ecu), Deportivo Cali (Col) and Sporting Cristal (Peru), all of whom share Group B with los Guerreros. The competition will involve 12 teams divided into two sectors. The first four teams will qualify from each group and will play through until the final two opponents are decided for the grand final.

Santos Laguna vs. Barcelona
Monday, August 8 / 1:30 pm

Santos Laguna vs. Nacional
Wednesday, August 10 / 11:30 am

Santos Laguna vs. Deportivo Cali
Thursday, August 11 / 11:30 am

Santos Laguna vs. Independiente del Valle
Saturday, August 13 / 11:30 am

Santos Laguna vs. Sporting Cristal
Monday, August 15  / 11:30 am

Fuerzas Basicas Director Robert Dante Siboldi stresses the importance of international competition of this magnitude at the youth level as a means to providing a stronger foundation for players’ growth and development.

“For the players, it is of vital importance to their training; the warmup and experience acquired in these tournaments is unmatched when playing against another type of football, in different types of fields, conditions, different referees, and including different styles of play. It’s also very important that every season has a team in international competition for us as an institution in other countries for brand presence.”

Goalkeepers: Joel Garcia, Roy Ureña
Defenders: Gabriel Palmeros, Diego Manzo, Jorge González, Jesús Angulo, Diego Barraza
Midifelders: Gerardo Arteaga, Jesús Miranda, Edson Martínez, Rafael Castro, Gerardo Rodríguez, Carlos Flores, Adrian Lozano, Jonathan Diaz, Kevin Lara, Jonathan Navarro
Forwards:  Eduardo Aguirre, Joao Maleck

Head coach: Gonzalo Cigliuti DT