Friday, November 9, 2007

Huracan - River: The Preview

Affranchino? Valencia? Lizio? M. Diaz? Do those names ring a bell? Not exactly. In fact all four of these players will be starting tomorrow for River Plate vs. Huracan. The four youngsters will be making their official debuts with a River jersey, but they won't be the only unusual players tomorrow. The following eleven will be looking for the win:

Juan Marcelo Ojeda;
Carmelo Valencia-Lussenhoff-Mateo Mussachio-Emmanuel Martinez;
Facundo Affranchino-Matias Diaz-Matias Abelairas;
Sixto Peralta;
Andres Rios-Damian Lizio;


Careful, though: that's not it. Other youngsters such as Maxi Oliva, Diego Bogado, Lucas Sanchez, and Diego Cardozo have been concentrating for this match as well, and it wouldn't be surprising to see some of them enter in the second half.

Besides the experienced (and underperforming) players like Lussenhoff and Peralta, most of these players have just recently stepped out of their baby cribs: Affranchino and Mussachio are 17, while Martinez, Valencia and Lizio are 18. Even Andres Rios and Matias Abelairas, whom we are now so used to seeing, are just 18 and 22 years old respectively. The match will be more than interesting to watch. I don't expect a downright amazing performance by "Los Millonarios", but it will be fun nonetheless to see the future players of the team getting a shot.

The match will be shown live on TyC Sports USA at 4:00 PM Pacific / 6:00 PM Eastern Time.

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