Pumas announced that they acquired Juan Pablo Vigon and Martin Barragan from Atlas and Argentine forward Nicolas Freire from LDU Quito. New President Jesus Ramirez said that with this, Pumas closes their signing season and will not make any new additions. Under new coach Michel, Pumas will hope this is enough to shore up a team that had a disappointing season after getting to the Semifinals the season before.
Many fans, however, don’t think this is enough for them to have a big improvement from last season. After last season’s disappointment, more moves were expected for a team whose squad is not seen as one of the best or contenders for the title.
Of the 3, the big signing is expected to be Vigon, who even got a national team call up to a training camp earlier this year when he had a great start to the season, including two goals against Pumas, rescuing a 2-2 draw in Mexico City for Atlas. Freire will hopefully help in defense, where Pumas particularly suffered last season. As the signing coming in from outside Mexico, he’s the biggest question mark as his career has some experience in Europe and Brazil but not much of it jumps out. Barragan can be a good offensive weapon and actually has national team experience as he went to the 2017 Gold Cup with Mexico, but his recent form hasn’t been the best.
Pumas will make their debut away against newly promoted Atletico San Luis on July 20th.