KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, December 6, 2016
US defender Ventura Alvarado has left Liga MX giants Club America to move to Santos Laguna, ending his nine-year stay with the Mexico City-based team.
The move is not at all surprising as the Arizona-native was struggling for playing time as he only played in three games for the entire Apertura season. He join Club America's academy in 2008 and play in a total of 40 games for the team. This has also been made as the US national team have brought in Bruce Arena as head coach, so a chance to impress ahead of the World Cup qualifiers in March had to be on his mind.
Santos was not the first option for the 24-year-old as it was reported that he looked at moving to Major League Soccer over the summer. However, he decided in the end to remain with Las Águilas and try to fight his way into the starting lineup.
Alvarado's move could also be of great benefit for Santos as they had a dismal season, finishing in 16th place in the standings and allowing 30 goals.