FC Juarez Notebook — Week of August 10-14, 2015
Bravos de FC Juarez dropped all the way to tenth place in the standings (4 pts.) in an eight-way tie for third after suffering a 3-1 defeat at home against Necaxa last Saturday. The next game for the team from the Borderland is on Friday, Aug. 14 against Atlante in Cancun Quintana, Roo.
Monday, Aug. 10: The players that saw action against Necaxa did regenerative work with the team physical therapists while the players that did not see any action had an aggressive workout in reduced areas on the pitch. Seasoned midfielder Pablo Metlich addressed the media and said the following. “We are here with a bitter taste in our mouths because of the defeat... but there is no time to dwell and lament on what happened recently. It is time to turn the page and focus on Atlante. I think the team is working together better and we are understanding each more with every passing day.”
Tuesday, Aug. 11: FC Juarez had a early morning training session at Benito Juarez Olympic Stadium. The training was more intense compared to Monday. Defender Juan Carlos Rojas talked to the media about what it would take to leave Cancun with 3 points in the bag. “ I feel we have corrected to details that have costs us dearly in the past. Now it is time to go and beat Atlante.” In order to do so the Bravos defender said, “ Our attack down the flanks will be fundamental to our success, in order to produce a lot of scoring opportunities for Leandro Carrijo. This option should be relatively open to us for most of the game as they tend to bunch up a lot of people of in their own goal box.”
Wednesday, Aug. 12: Today's intense morning practice was highlighted by a team scrimmage. Midfielder Derley de Souza, one of the more consistent players for FC Juarez so far this season commented on this week's upcoming game. “This game is very important for us. We are of the mindset that we are going to go over there and win. Our rival this week will be extra tough especially since there are playing on their home field and I have no doubt that they will be completely prepared for us.”
Thursday, Aug. 13: The team has its lightest workout of the week on Thursday spending a lot of time stretching and playing soccer-tennis. It was announced the the entire team would make the trip to Cancun, Quintana Roo for the Friday match. On Thursday, head coach, Sergio Orduna finally addressed the media. Orduna stated, “All the teams in our league are complicated and possess a high grade of talent and difficulty and Atlante is no exception. They will be playing at home and will try to make it count. We have prepared all week and we have prepared exceptionally well for this match. We have learned a lot from our most recent defeat and want to turn those learned lessons into a victory on Friday night.” The team left for Cancun, Quintana Roo on Thursday afternoon.
On Thursday afternoon FC Juarez also introduced their fifth foreign player and last player to join the club, Gilberto Barbosa Nunes better known by his Brazilian name, Betao. The 25 year old center defender arrived to the Borderland on Thursday and wants to integrate himself into the team as soon as possible. In a press conference on Friday he stated, “ I want to incorporate myself to the team as soon as possible, and be at the order of the coaching staff in order to help the team in the best way that I can in order to promote this team in Mexico's premier soccer division.”