BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, July 14, 2011
After going on trial with Mexican Primera club Jaguares, American Eder Arreola plans to return to UCLA for his senior NCAA season but he did receive positive news on his last day with the club.
Arreola, 19, was informed by head coach Jose Guadalupe Cruz the club would be interested in signing him in December during the winter break.
"I met with the coach, and he said he would like to sign me, but that it was also an option to sign in December," Arreola told YA. "It was a really great feeling to know that Jaguares is willing to sign me, but that they would have me back later in the year."
Arreola said that this deal worked for him since he also wanted to return to UCLA and push for a national title in his final year of college.
"This would be the best of all worlds - to be able to return to UCLA for my senior year and have a great year individually and as a team, then return to Mexico. I think I'm going to wait, come back finish senior season (and) keep my options open," Arreola continued.
Arreola was on the US U-20 World Cup qualifying roster but suffered an injury during the group stages and was not able to participate in the 2-1 loss to Guatemala that eliminated the US from qualification.
Arreola missed three months and when he arrived at Jaguares, he was still not completely back in shape from the injury. Still he felt the experience went well.
"It went well for me," Arreola concluded. "I thought and felt like I wasn't in my best shape since I had just gotten back from being out for three months."