Maximiliano Callorda (left) could be a difference maker for Guatemala's Municipal in the 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League.
Maximiliano Callorda has excited the fans with his preseason performances ahead of the CONCACAF Champions League.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala - Municipal has made a commitment to scoring more goals in the form of Uruguayan Maximiliano Callorda.
After missing out last season, the Rojos just don’t want to make up the numbers in the 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League (CCL). With that in mind, they acquired the former Defensor Sporting striker, who has played in two editions of the Copa Libertadores.
"I found a very good group,” the 24-year-old told CONCACAF.com in an exclusive interview. “Since I arrived, they’ve made me feel part of the family. They made me know right away that this a big team in the region.”
Callorda has scored four goals in three preseason games and is being paired with Guatemalan football legend Carlos Ruiz. Thoughts of such an attacking duo is energizing the club’s supporters.
"It is a pleasure to play alongside “Pescado,” said the burly forward, who stands 1.85 meters and weighs 191 pounds. “He is the greatest figure of the team, a humble man who makes the example. I will try to give him and Municipal a hand in order to make history.”
Although new to the region, Callorda has already studied the Guatemalan side’s CCL rivals – Pachuca (Mexico) and Real España (Honduras). He even ventured to say that Municipal could qualify for quarterfinals, even knowing that it has never defeated a Mexican team in the competition’s history.
"Mexicans are technically very good and Hondurans are physically fast,” he analyzed. “They are not impossible to overcome. In the first place, we have to think of advancing.”
Municipal will open Group 1 play on August 21, when it visits Real España at the Estadio Francisco Morazan Stadium in San Pedro Sula.