17 feb. 06:00

Santi Muñoz living his dream at Club Santos

Santi Muñoz living his dream at Club Santos

(Quotes used from Liga MX interview)

Mexican-American forward Santiago Muñoz is living his best life (so far) with Santos Laguna's Fuerzas Basicas. In a recent interview with Liga MX, he opens about life in Torreón, the difference between the different categories, and his experience in the U-17 World Cup where he won Best Goal of the Tournament. 

Born in El Paso Texas, Muñoz joined Santos Laguna two years ago after having been scouted in a youth competition in the United States. 

Upon joining the club, he registered ahead of the 2018 Apertura, where he accumulated 826 minutes in 10 games and scored 5 goals. 

In all of 2019,  he increased his number of minutes and goals: in the 2019 Clausura and Apertura, he disputed 17 games and scored 9 times.

On his arrival to Club Santos:  

"Víctor Rangel from Club Santos saw me play (via Alianza de Futbol in the USA) and my family and I came to see the facilities. We decided to stay,  and since I've been here I've been very comfortable. In the 2018 Apertura I started with the Under-17 and right now they are giving me minutes with the Under-20. It's a challenge for me to earn a place; (the U-20 category) is very different because the commitment and seriousness is at the very top.

But since I arrived they have treated me wonderfully. We have everything we need, and the club looks out for everyone, whether it's at school or soccer,  you get the best out of the coaching staff and they help you grow as a person and as a player."

Since joining the youth ranks of Santos, Muñoz has seen success both at the club and international level. He has earned frequent calls to Mexico's youth national team, and was a part of the 2019 Mexico Under-17 team to play in the U-17 World Cup in Brazil. 


His goal for El Tri against Japan was named Best Goal and recognized by FIFA.  

“For me, it was a dream come true ... since I was a kid I dreamed of being in a World Cup, singing the National Anthem. When I was there it was almost like I couldn't believe it, playing against strong teams and then the Final against the host nation (Brazil) was a dream come true.

"Santi" says his next dream is to debut with the first team in Liga MX and eventually play in Spain or the Netherlands, but for now, he's enjoying his moment with his club team in Torreón. 

“I enjoy everything," he said. "Playing with my teammates,  the competition with the other teams, scoring goals and celebrating with my teammates and the victories that come."