Third Years the Charm
The new NPSL season is upon us and with the addition of a few new teams there are also a few new faces. Especially, in Oxnard, California. Where the Guerreros call home and where the Guerreros will be taking part in their third year in the league.
Aspirations are high in Oxnard for the upcoming year and Head Coach Juan Florez says, “Our goal as a team is to make the playoffs” this is something the Guerreros have yet to do in their existence, but under the guidance of a well-traveled Florez and newest coaching addition Ruben Ramos it is not far-fetched. “If we make it into nationals the goal is to go as far as possible” Florez added.
The goal will be attainable with the help of key players returning from their offseason trials with USL clubs. Cameron DeJong and Tomas Araujo were both invited to take place at a trial with Sacramento Republic. They will look to bring their knowledge gained and help the team in Oxnard grow to new heights.
Luis Rivera and last season’s breakout star Raul Gonzales had the opportunity to travel to Phoenix and be a part of the Rising’s preseason trial. During their time in Phoenix they had the chance to play MLS big dogs Sporting KC. A game that will surely help propel both their game and the overall performances for the Guerreros.
Florez also spoke about second year man Aaron Glover and a new addition Joncarlo Tamayo, “With an experienced core and young additions I think we have a pretty good team”.
Glover, who came in last year as a forward, found his spot as the season went on in the center of the defense. He looked at home there with Dejong. With a season together under their belt it should not be a fun time this year trying to score against the Guerreros. Tamayo brings a new since of suave to the outside back position. A player who is comfortable on the ball and is not afraid to get forward, he will bring a new look to the Guerreros that they may have lacked in years past.
Lastly, they return a player who has garnered much attention in years past. Alberto “Tito” Anguiano is one to keep an eye on as he enters his third year in the league and wants to prove that Oxnard is no team to turn a blind eye on. Anguiano offers flair in the midfield as well as a leadership that will be needed for the Guerreros to take steps in the right direction for the upcoming year.
Florez also spoke about the tryouts that happened preseason and the talent that has been found, “We have brought our average age down and we are bringing in a lot of talented young players.” With a long grueling season ahead it is certainly important that the Guerreros will be adding depth and hunger to the squad.
By: Gabriel Naudin