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Eduardo Aguirre: Youth national team success a reflection of work with Santos Laguna

04 de July del 2019 7:10 am.

Santos Laguna youth product Eduardo Aguirre continues to earn chances to play in important tournaments with Mexico's youth national teams, receiving another call by U22 head coach Jaime Lozano to participate in the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

"El Mudo" will compete for his fifth international title with Mexico, having previously won tournaments from the U17 to the U20 level where he was named leading goal scorer and MVP twice. 

The 2019 edition of the Pan American Games will take place from July 26-August 11, with Mexico kicking off its participation on July 29 vs. Panama.

"It represents a lot of pride to defend the shirt of Mexico and more in these competitions in which you fight for a gold medal; It is a great satisfaction for me to compete in the Pan American Games," he said.

The U22 team was pitted in Group A against Panama, Ecuador, and Argentina. A favorable finish will see Mexico well on its way to the final stages of the Pan American Games, where it will look to win its fifth Gold medal since 1967.

"The objective to fulfill that always has been handled in Selection is to be in the medal table, we hope that it is the one of gold. The whole team has put it this way, that tournament in which we participate the idea is to become champion," he said.

Aguirre's ripe experience with Mexico is storied, and the 20-year-old native of San Pedro, Coahuila credits his club team for the opportunities he's earned to represent his country.

"Santos has had enough importance in my life so that today I am here," he said. ("The club) has always supported me in all aspects, whether on or off the field. From my teenage years Santos has invested in our development by sending us to yearly international tournaments to compete against high level club and national teams. As players in Fuerzas Basicas, if we earn the opportunity, we train with the first team to compete for a spot."

To see the reflection of such an important investment, Aguirre says he's proud to represent Club Santos Laguna when he's playing with Mexico. 

"It is always very important to represent Club Santos Laguna," he said, "thinking about giving the best of me, so that you can see the work that is done here at our facilities and how it transfers to the National Team."

Mexico's U22 national team will begin its concentration on Sunday, July 7, at the High-Performance Center at the Mexican Football Federation in Mexico City. Aguirre will integrate the following Lunes after Santos’ final preseason game in the USA against Toluca in Austin, Texas.