Dario Veron and Alejandro Palacios’ time at Pumas is over.
Sergio Egea, Pumas Sporting Vice President confirmed the exit of the two long-time Pumas players at a press conference on Monday night.
Veron and Palacios mark the end of an era at the club.
Egea insists Pumas is not forcing retirement on the two players, but their circle at the club has to close for the possibility of another player to take their place. He added both players are free agents, and if they are not ready to say goodbye to their playing career, are free to sign with another club.
Pablo Jaquez and Luis Quintana could compete for Veron’s center back spot, with newcomer Rodrigo Gonzalez in the mix. Gonzalez will join Pumas for the Apertura and was the player involved in the trade that sent Manuel Perez to Club America. Gonzalez was formed in the Club America academy.
Palacios’ exit secures the starting goalkeeper position for Alfredo Saldivar, and means Bernabe Magana will move into a backup role with the first team. Egea added Gustavo Alcala will assume the third keeper spot.
Matias Britos, who has been rumored to be on his way out after a visibly emotional moment in the team’s final home game of the tournament, is staying put for now. Egea confirmed Britos is under contract for the Apertura, but admitted the club would analyze any offers for the striker.
David Cabrera’s loan with Morelia has ended, and Egea expects the defensive midfielder to rejoin the club. He didn’t confirm anything regarding two other players on loan – Eduardo Herrera and Marcelo Alatorre. Their future would be decided soon.
While Egea touched on a number of questions surrounding the team’s Apertura roster, he said a transfer list is not yet available as the roster is still being evaluated.
Give me your thoughts on the big news. Are these good moves for Pumas as the team looks forward, or will the club struggle without their experience?