Thursday, 18 April 2019 09:29

Goalkeeper from Las Tunas Plays in Dominican Soccer

Written by Dubler R. Vázquez Colomé
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Goalkeeper from Las Tunas Plays in Dominican Soccer Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America

A total of 223 consecutive minutes without conceding goals, and direct participation in the goal that gave the first victory to his team, have been the cover letters of Sandy Sánchez with the Dominican club Jarabacoa, in the Professional League of Quisqueya.


Las Tunas, Cuba.- The player from the northern municipality of Manatí has become a luxury reinforcement for a team that also includes the defender Jorge Luis Clavelo and midfielders Roberto Peraza and Yordan Santa Cruz.

Precisely, Sandy established the winning connection of the first success of Jarabacoa with the talented Santa Cruz, after a 1-0 defeat and a scoreless draw. According to press reports, in the third minute of play, Santa Cruz received a millimeter long pass from Sandy Sánchez; to step on the area with a controlled ball and execute a cross shot that beat the rival goal.

El Jarabacoa defeated the Atletico San Francisco 2-0, and the goalkeeper kept unbeaten for the second consecutive day, after admitting on the initial date a goal out by Eugenio Palmero, from Sancti Spíritus, who plays for the Atlético Vega Real.

Sánchez is one of the pillars of the Cuban National Team, classified to the main key of the of Concacaf League of Nations, in the same group of the United States and Canada; and enrolled in section A of the 2019 Gold Cup, along with Mexico, Martinique and the Canadian squad. Cuba's difficult debut will take place on July 15 in Pasadena, California, facing Mexico's favorite team, coached by Argentina's Gerardo (Tata) Martino.

In those commitments, Sandy will be crucial for the Cubans' aspirations, as it was in the U-20 national team that qualified for the 2013 World Cup in Turkey, and in the group that later got the bronze medal in the Central American and Caribbean Games of Veracruz .

In his long career, the player from Las Tunas has been a member of the U-17 and Olympic teams. In addition, he has taken over the ownership between the sticks of the Cuban soccer team, with which he debuted on June 10, 2015, against Curaçao, in the first match of the qualifying for Russia 2018.

Charismatic, increasingly selfconfident, and even author of several goals with Las Tunas in the National League and with the Cuban squad in the international arena, Sandy now shows his worth in an emerging soccer as the Professional League of the Dominican Republic, with an eye toward a future with more demanding aims.

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