LA CEIBA, Honduras – CD Victoria has become more South American for the 2013 Apertura. The Honduran side has signed two South American players before a season in which it will compete in both domestic and the CONCACAF Champions League play.
Argentine head coach Héctor Vargas has brought in one of his countrymen to the blue and whites in the form of Leandro Guaita. The 27-year-old forward has had stints with clubs all over the globe, including Basel (Switzerland), San Marino and Piacenza (both Italy) and Independiente de Valle (Ecuador).
The La Ceiba-based team inked Uruguayan Diego Ramos, a 21-year-old winger, who played college soccer in the United States with Darton College.
Four others have also joined the 2012 Apertura runner-up: Efraín Ricardo López, a winger, who comes over from from Real Sociedad; midfielder Edwin León, 24, forward Marlon Mencía, 27, both arrive from Yoro. For veteran winger Abner Méndez, Victoria is his seventh Honduran team. All four players have signed one-year contracts.
Victoria continues its pre-season program this week with friendlies against fellow Champions League qualifier Heredia of Guatemala on Wednesday and July 24th.
Vargas’ team starts its league campaign on August 8on the road against Marathon and will make its CONCACAF Champions League debut on August 20at home against Mexico’s Club Tijuana in Group 7.