25 de Octubre del 2017 4:28 pm.
In Wednesday's Copa MX Round of 16 match against Necaxa, head coach Robert Dante Siboldi will make his debut in the competition, with one of his youth products in goal.
Homegrown player Carlos Acevedo will start for los Guerreros as they look to move one step closer to obtaining their second Copa MX trophy in three years.
Recently, Santos defeated this same Necaxa team 3-2 during week 10 in Liga MX, with goals by Julio Furch, Djaniny Tavares, and Jonathan Rodriguez.
Acevedo, who recently celebrated one year since his professional Liga MX debut in August, will start his fifth Copa MX game for los Guerreros in Copa MX this tournament. He helped los Guerreros defeat Toluca in penalties in a recent international friendly in San Antonio with two crucial saves.
"Personally I am very happy to receive the opportunity to play," he began, "and moreso to do it front of my people from Torreon. The team has a mental boost for the two recent wins in the league so that suits us well enough for the game. We've worked very hard to continue advancing and it will be an intense match which we hope to take."
The 21-year-old goalkeeper, who began his career with los Guerreros in Fuerzas Basicas, has worked his way up to second goalkeeper and continues to demonstrate that his level is rising with hard work under institutional goalkeeper coach Nicolas Navarro and goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco.
"I'm happy to be able to demonstrate what I have worked for for many years, to be able to be with my people, my family, all my friends. We have to take advantage of these opportunities when they are offered."
He mentioned that his dream in the short term is to win a Copa MX title with los Guerreros.
"It's a complicated series," he continued. "They're in eighth place in the table already so this is a game we know we have to take. We want to keep advancing and I, personally, want to be champion with Santos Laguna in the Cup."
Acevedo, a Torreon-native, says he feels ready to face the challenge, and in the future, hopes to win a title in first division as starting goalkeeper.
"In the present I am very clear of my role," he concluded. "Today I have to be second, supporting Jona and learn from him. I feel prepared, I need to fine-tune some details. I'm calm, I have to be concentrated for any opportunity. In the not too distant future I would like to be defending the goal here in Santos Laguna in the first division."