Martin Bravo, shown above while playing for Pumas, will bring CONCACAF Champions League experience to his new team, Leon. (Photo: Mexsport)
LEON, Mexico – Leon will participate in the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) for the first time, when the 2014/15 edition of the tournament launches in August with group-stage play.
Martin Bravo -- one of the two-time defending Mexican champion’s newest additions -- says that he is eager for the action to start and dreams of becoming a CONCACAF champion.
“Two very important competitions are coming up, the Liga MX 2014 Apertura, the one to try and fight for the title once again, and the CONCACAF Champions League because if you win it gives you passage to the Club World Cup,” said Bravo. “In order to take on both tournaments, the team will have to be well physically and mentally.”
The Argentine came to Mexico in 2008 from his native country, where he played for both Colon de Santa Fe and San Martin de San Juan. Bravo joined Pumas, eventually winning a pair of league titles, while scoring 49 goals in 192 games over the course of six years with the Mexico City-based club.
During his stay at UNAM, the 27-year-old forward also appeared in three CCLs (2008-09, 2009-12 and 2011-12), netting seven times in 18 matches.
Now, Bravo hopes to make an impact his new team.
“I am good with rehabilitation and strengthening because I want to come in very well and with a good response to be equal with the team,” declared Bravo. “It is a new stage of my career, a new step, with new objectives and with a lot of confidence to be able to do things well.”
In the CCL, Leon, which advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2014 Copa Libertadores, will square off against Group 8 opponents Isidro Metapan of El Salvador and Belize’s Belmopan Bandits.