SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – When Real Espana step on the field for its 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League Round of 16 tie versus Tauro of Panama, it should feel plenty confident about its chances.
That’s because the Honduran club has bulked its roster up considerably this summer, adding a trio of names well known throughout the CONCACAF region.
It starts with Uruguayan FW Maximiliano Callorda, whose previous spell in CONCACAF came during the 2014 Apertura and 2015 Clausura seasons in Guatemala with Municipal. The 28-year-old put together a pair of impressive seasons, with 11 goals scored.
Also in the mix for Real Espana this coming season is veteran DF Johnny Leveron. A two-time Copa Centrocamericana winner with the Honduran National Team (2011, 2017), Leveron has 33 senior team caps to go along with his sparkling club career that has seen him feature in nine Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League matches.
His experience playing in international competition should greatly benefit the Aurinegros, as will the presence of MF Alfredo Mejia, who was also on Honduras’ 2011 and 2017 Copa Centrocamericana winning sides and has 44 senior team caps to his name.
This is a homecoming for Mejia, who made his Real Espana debut back in 2009 in the SCCL, eventually appearing in seven SCCL matches with the club before departing in 2012 for Motagua.
Real Espana kicked off its preseason on June 25 and already has a number of preseason matches under its belt, a 2-1 loss to UPNFM and a 2-1 win over Honduras Progreso.
The 2017 Apertura champions will next face Municipal of Guatemala in a pair of friendlies scheduled for July 14 and 18 before its first official math of the season on July 22 in the Copa Presidente versus CD Congolon.
Real Espana will open its SCL campaign away to Tauro in Panama on August 2 before returning home for the second leg on August 9.