It is a fact! University of Sports is immersed in preparations for Liga1 Betsson, and confirmed the first friendly match outside the country, scheduled a week before the Cream Night. This confrontation is scheduled for January 14, 2024 in the United States, where they will face the Colombian team National Athletic. Tickets for this match are now on sale, giving fans the opportunity to attend and support the latest national champion.
The match is being promoted in the United States, and tickets would already be available for fans who wish to attend. According to the report of journalist César Vivar, The ‘U’ will face Atlético Nacional in the ‘Champions Challenge’, which will take place in the city of Miami, United States, next Sunday, January 14 at 6:00 pm (local time) next year. This match will mark the start of friendly matches in preparation for their participation in the Betsson League and the 2024 Copa Libertadores.
Currently, Universitario is in a period of uncertainty due to the interest of the Peruvian National Team in its coach, Jorge Fossati. In the coming weeks, the 71-year-old Uruguayan coach will make a decision about his future: remain in the ‘U’ and win the two-time championship or accept the challenge of leading the ‘Bicolor’ in the next Copa América and in the other rounds of the Qualifiers towards 2026.
It is relevant to note that, so far, the only confirmed signing for Universitario is Christopher Olivares. It is anticipated that more additions will be announced in the coming days, especially given that the start of the preseason is scheduled for December 18. In addition, the club is in the process of negotiating to renew contracts with several players who were part of the squad in the 2023 season, with the intention of having them for the ‘Cream Centenary’ project.
Finally, the highly anticipated Noche Crema 2024 will take place on Saturday, January 20 starting at 8:00 pm at the Monumental stadium. This annual event is a special occasion for Universitario de Deportes fans to gather and enthusiastically celebrate the start of a new season. So far, the mystery of the rival who will face the ‘Cremas’ in this festivity is not confirmed.
The moves in the ‘U’ squad
For now, while awaiting Jorge Fossati’s final decision, the sports area continues working on the formation of the squad for the 2024 season. To date, Universitario has focused on renewing the players who will be part of the backbone of the team. team for next year.
This way, Rodrigo Ureña, Matías Di Benedetto, Williams Riveros, Jorge Murrugarra, Andy Polo, José Rivera, Marco Saravia and Diego Romero They were the footballers who extended their contractual relationship. On the other hand, in terms of new additions to the workforce, Christopher Olivares signing from Cusco FC, and Tiago Cantoro, who was on loan in the imperial team during 2023.
Regarding casualties, José Carvallo, Emanuel Herrera and Alexander Succar (loan) They will change teams by 2024. Similarly, the case of Luis Urruti It remains unknown until Fossati’s case is defined, since the Uruguayan hopes to have him for the centenary. From then on, as pointed out by Manuel Barreto, the club’s sports director, they hope to complete between five and six hires in this transfer market.
“We are trying to go by the rumors that indicate that there are going to be six foreigners. Unlike last year, we no longer have to bring 15 or 16 players, but we have to have certain positions to reinforce to help us be better. It’s going to be important to take care of the dressing room. I think there won’t be many, honestly. I think five or six, that’s where the maximum number will go.“, he said in dialogue with USA Collective at the end of November.
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