FC Juarez Notebook, Week of Aug. 3-7, 2015
FC Juarez is currently in a four-way tie for second place in the Ascenso MX league with 4 points on the season. The team from the Borderland is fifth place in the standings due to gol differential.
Monday August, 3
FC Juarez initiated their work week after a tie with Mineros de Zacatecas in the city of Zacatecas last Friday (2-2). The team from the Borderland had a light practice on Monday, jogging around the field, working on their possession and passing game in reduced areas of the pitch and ultimately working on their coverage of set pieces. Their work on defense in set pieces would be a theme for the team all week long as this was their weak point in last week's match. The team came out of last week's match healthy. No new injures to report.
Tuesday, August 4
A slightly more intense practice took place on Tuesday for FC Juarez. Head coach Sergio Orduna kept a close eye on midfielder Alexander Larin. Larin has been recovering from an injury that he suffered in the Gold Cup earlier this summer in El Salvador's last game against Jamaica. Larin commented on Wednesday, “Thank God my injury is now in the past and I'm glad to be back and an option for our coach and this team. I feel 100% and I am ready to contribute to this team now and for the rest of this season.”
Wednesday, August 5
Things became more serious midweek for FC Juarez. Their training session for the day took place behind closed doors. No media access was allowed. Team president Alejandra de la Vega-Foster was present on Wednesday. Central defender Leobardo Siqueiros commented that the team continued to work on set pieces and on the things that led to the mistakes that allowed the two gols that Zacatecas scored on them last week. Team Vice-President Alvaro Navarro commented on the fact that the team will add one more foreign player to its roster. “It will either be an Argentinean or a Brazilian. I will meet with head coach Sergio Orduna later today so a decision can be made.”
Thursday, August 6
Brazilian Gilberto Barbosa was named as the fifth foreign player to join FC Juarez. He is a central midfielder and 25 years old. The announcement was made by team Vice-President Alavaro Navarro. The national media was present at Benito Juarez Olympic Stadium on Thursday. Mediotiempo.com had a sit down video interview with team President Alejandra de la Vega-Foster. The sports website is one of the most popular soccer websites in Mexico. The team will have its final parctice (presumably a light practice) Friday evening at 6 pm at Benito Juarez Stadium prior to their week 3 match with Necaxa at 7pm on Saturday at Benito Juarez Olympic Stadium.