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We have started the preseason strong: Jorge Villafaña

18 de Diciembre del 2017 12:36 pm.

Left-back Jorge Villafaña was the first player to offer his thoughts on preseason as the team concluded its first training session in Toluca on Sunday afternoon, saying the team looks good and has been preparing well.

The group played in two separate preseason friendlies on Saturday morning, both comprised of two 30-minute halves against local second division team Calor de San Pedro and Santos' own second division team. 

For the first game against Calor, Robert Dante Siboldi used Carlos Acevedo, Gerardo Arteaga, Jorge Sanchez, Gerardo Alcoba, and Jesus Angulo in defense; Ulises Rivas, Jefferson Cuero, David Andrade, and Javier Cortes in midfield and Jesus Isijara and Jonathan Rodriquez up top. Oscar Bernal came in for the second half in place of Angulo, who featured for the second division team during the second game. 

Isijara opened scoring in the 8th minute and Rodriguez nabbed a double before the halftime whistle. In the 58th minute, Cuero sent a perfectly-weighted ball into the area, which Isijara finished with ease to secure a 4-0 final result. 

The second game saw Jonathan Orozco, Jose Javier Abella, Carlos Izquierdoz, Nestor Araujo, and Jorge Villafaña in defense, Osvaldo Martinez, Diego De Buen, Jose Juan "Gallo" Vazquez, and Brian Lozano in midfield, and Djaniny Tavares and Julio Furch as the two forwards. 

Furch and De Buen scored in the 36th and 38th minutes of play, while Djaniny and Martinez scored in the final two minutes of the game. 
 
Now, los Guerreros will spend the week using Mexico City's high altitude to their advantage as they look to prepare for the 2018 Clausura in the best possible way.

"We've come to work in high altitude," said Villafaña. "We know that it will cost as at the beginning, but it helps us in the long run." 
 
The U.S. international said that the team is working intensely, with the intention of reversing the not so favorable results they returned in the 2017 Apertura.

"We have this thirst for revenge, we all have that thorn in our sides and we're working hard, preparing to have a better contest".
 
Villafaña ended 2017 as one of the team leaders in starts for the U.S. National Team and started six games with Santos to close the 2017 Apertura, and is approcaching exactly two years since his debut with Santos Laguna on January 9th against Leon.

"I feel good," he said. "I'm wanting to start the tournament again, working like all the other guys. The whole group is working at one hundred (percent)."