With the offseason underway for much of Liga MX, the rumors about player movement are in full swing. Here’s a quick status update on what I know about the current situation at Pumas.
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Alejandro Palacios is out, as Pumas have parted ways with the 36-year old keeper. While there have been rumors of Pumas shopping for a new keeper, Egea stated Alfredo Saldivar would continue to the be the starting goalkeeper with Bernabe Magana as the backup and Gustavo Alcala as the third.
Dario Veron is free to sign with another club as Pumas decided to not renew his contract. Rodrigo Gonzalez, who is a Club America canterano, is set to join Pumas and compete for the starting spot. The 22-year old center back is a very good prospect and has been playing with Venados in the Ascenso MX. He was a regular started in the 2015 U-20 World Cup for Mexico also.
Josecarlos Van Rankin’s contract is up, and during a press conference in late April stated the club hasn’t had any discussions on a renewal. This will be a position to keep an eye on.
Marcelo Alatorre’s six-month loan to Veracruz is up, and reports indicate there is no option to buy. However, that doesn’t mean Pumas won’t negotiate another loan. Much of their decision likely depends on Van Rankin.
A few people have asked about Luis Fuentes, but his loan with Monterrey is slated for one more tournament, ending with the conclusion of the 2017 Apertura.
Abraham Gonzalez is officially done at the club after the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Gonzalez’ spot will likely be occupied by Kevin Escamilla who has a very bright future in the holding midfielder spot.
Alejandro Castro’s contract is reportedly up, so that’s another situation to watch. Based on his limited use under Palencia, I’d predict we’ve seen the last of him at Pumas.
David Cabrera will be back for the 2017 Apertura, Egea confirmed this at the Veron/Palacios press conference. While Morelia rarely utilized him, I think he has a shot for regular playing time with his return to Pumas.
Matias Britos’ future is unclear amid rumors he’s seen his final days at UNAM. Egea confirmed he’s under contract for the following tournament, but admitted Pumas will listen to any solid offers made for the Uruguayan striker. He’s future likely is determined in the Liga MX Draft.
Nicolas Castillo is staying put for now. While rumors of interest from both Mexican clubs and international clubs persist, Egea says Castillo won’t be sold in Mexico but didn’t rule out an international transfer in the future. The club has said the Chilean has a huge buyout clause if he was to exit. Castillo meanwhile, has insisted he’s happy at Pumas and confirmed his continuation at Pumas on his social media accounts.
Eduardo Herrera’s loan is also done at Veracruz, and the Liga MX Draft will likely determine his fate. Like Alatorre, there is no option to buy, so I think Pumas will try and see how they do in the international market and how the Britos situation turns out before making a final decision on whether or not to bring Lalo home.
Pumas Partner with Ascenso MX
Another thing to keep an eye on is how Pumas have partnered with an Ascenso MX club to loan players out to for playing time and to gain experience. Strong rumors insist that team will be Venados, which is currently coached by Bruno Marioni.
Several of the youth prospects could see valuable playing time in a more competitive league than the Segunda Division or the U-20s.
Alejando Zamudio, Andres Iniestra, Alan Acosta, and Diego Barron are players that come to mind, but anything at this point is a stab in the dark. On the surface, it’s a fantastic idea that could provide an avenue to bridge the gap between the youth divisions and the first team.
What are your thoughts on the Pumas roster moves so far? What about the pending situations? Leave your comments below!