Vergara hopeful for Pachuca chance

Pachuca's Sergio Vergara (light blue jersey), while with Celaya, was one of the MX Ascenso's top players fro 2015-16. (Photo: Gema Lugo/Straffon Images)

PACHUCA, Mexico – One of the best traits a forward can possess is confidence.

Pachuca striker Sergio Vergara has no shortage of certainty.

In December, the 22-year-old Chilean joined the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist from Ascenso MX side Celaya, where he scored 17 goals in 46 games and was named 2016 Apertura Player of the Year.

Through three matches in Pachuca’s 2017 Clausura campaign, however, Vergara has yet to make his Liga MX debut, but the speedy and versatile playmaker isn’t discouraged. He’ll be ready to contribute when called upon by head coach Diego Alonso.

“I am waiting for my debut, but I am clam,” said Vergara. “I try to give my best, so that I can show myself when the opportunity comes for me.”

That first opportunity could come on Saturday at home against Toluca. After falling 1-0 to Necaxa this past weekend, the third-place Tuzos (2W-0D-1L) are looking to rebound quickly.

“Toluca is a great team,” commented Vergara. “They have experienced players and also young players, but we are going to go into the weekend as best we can.”

In their 2016 Apertura meeting, Toluca topped Pachuca, 2-0, on early and late goals.