Sometimes a new arrival can make all the difference in a team’s title run.
Here are five new signings to watch as the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League kicks off.
Cristian Fabbiani, FW, CD Universitario
Nicknamed “The Ogre”, the 34-year-old Fabbiani has been around football far and wide and now begins his first venture in Central America. The former Lanus, River Plate and Newell’s Old Boys is not one to shy away from a challenge, and his physical stature, combined with his lethal finishing, will give Panama’s CD Universitario a big body up front to play off of. His goal and two assists in preseason are a sneak preview of what’s to come in the SCL.
Victor Hugo Montaño, FW, CD FAS
Another veteran striker making his maiden voyage in Central America, Montano’s pedigree is beyond reproach, with previous stints in France’s Ligue 1 and Liga MX side Toluca. At age 34, the Colombian’s speed is still intact and he appears to have settled in nicely at FAS having scored in his first preseason match. Many a defender has been wrong-footed by Montaño’s movement, so defenses both in El Salvador’s Liga Nacional and the SCL will have to be on their toes.
Johnny Leveron, DF, Real España
Honduran side Real Espana were quite active in the summer transfer market, and Leveron just may be the savviest of all the signings. The 28-year-old Honduran defender joins from Marathon and boasts plenty of experience playing under the bright lights of CONCACAF competition, having featured in nine Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League matches with Motagua. A two-time Copa Centrocamericana winner with the Honduran National Team, Leveron is arguably the best center back in Honduran football and is also capable of banging in a free kick when called upon.
Edgar Gerardo Lugo, MF, Herediano
One would be hard-pressed to find a more composed player in front of goal than Lugo. The former Tigres, Santos, Morelia, Puebla and Cruz Azul man has a knack for not letting the moment get too big and can calmly stroke home a goal when receiving a pass in the penalty area. A former Mexico international, the 33-year-old has 36 SCCL matches under his belt and now will get his first crack at the SCL. You can expect Lugo to pair nicely with fellow Herediano attackers Jairo Arrieta and Yendrick Ruiz.
Armando Polo, FW, Tauro
There is a reason why Polo was so coveted by clubs around CONCACAF this summer. The 28-year-old Panamanian tallied 15 goals during the 2017 Apertura with Salvadoran side Sonsonate and now will look for similar success in his second spell at Tauro. Polo was also part of Arabe Unido’s magical run in the 2015/16 SCCL when the Panamanian side won its group and reached the quarterfinals. A possessor of speed, strength, aerial ability and a wicked left foot, the talented Polo should link up well with FW Edwin Aguilar in the Tauro attack.