Sergio Vergara (pictured), shown, playing for Celaya during the 2016 Ascenso MX Apertura, is now a member of Pachuca. (Photo: Jimena Muñoz/Straffon Images)
PACHUCA, Mexico – Chilean Sergio Vergara hopes to make an impact with talented Liga MX side Pachuca.
The 22-year-old recently joined the Tuzos after two seasons in Mexico’s second division with Celaya, where he was named the 2016 Apertura’s best player with 11 goals.
His ability to play on either the left or right wing and speed make him a constant threat to defenses. With that kind of versatility, Vergara hopes to find a place in head coach Diego Alonso’s attack, one that generated 36 goals in 17 matches during the 2016 Apertura and 19 goals in four games in the 2016-17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League group stage.
“Personally, I have the objective of being able to win myself a place in the first team, doing things well when I have the chance and continue contributing to the team,” said Vergara.
Pachuca opens the 2017 Clausura on Saturday at Leon, its first match since being eliminated from the Apertura playoffs at the quarterfinal stage following a scoreless draw with Necaxa in November.
Vergara believes, though, that the team’s training regimen will eliminate any potential rust.
“We are good physically,” he finished. “We have worked really hard during the entire preseason and now we are ready to look for this win next Saturday.”
On the strength of two goals by Hirving Lozano, Pachuca defeated Leon, 5-1, in their last meeting, which came in the 2016 Apertura opener.