Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Lopez Returns

 Guam's Marcus Lopez - he enjoyed it so much, he's back for a  2nd try-out
The search for a striker continues at Phnom Penh Crown. Coach Sam Schweingruber has made no secret of his desire for another striker to add to his team's firepower, in addition to another new face, George Bisan, who has shown in the last two C-League campiagns that he certainly knows where the goal is. Recent trialists include South Korean Jeong Ho Kim and Raphael Obeng from Ghana, and another new face will join the squad's pre-season preparation this week, in the shape of Guam national striker Marcus Lopez. He's already spent a week with Crown in late November but struggled with a knee injury and only managed half a game against BBU. Now he's back to full fitness, he's arrived for a second try-out. Just 21 years old, Lopez has appeared 11 times for his country, scoring 3 goals, after playing for the national team at U-12, U-14 and U-16 levels. Born in Guam, he played youth and college football whilst studying Stateside in California before appearing for Guam Shipyard back home and then joining the professional ranks at Pachanga Diliman in the Philippines last season. Welcome back Marcus. At the same time, coach Schweingruber has other irons in the fire as he continues his search for added firepower. On the injured list currently are Bisan, with a niggling shoulder complaint, Bin Thierry with an instep strain and goalkeeper Yok Ary, getting back to fitness after a fractured collarbone.

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