Veteran Mexican player Edgar Gerardo Lugo has just announced his retirement from football. Lugo had a long career in Mexico but he last played in Herediano of Costa Rica. Lugo came up through Cruz Azul, where he stood out and later played in various teams, having the most success in Morelia and Tigres. He even made the National team for a couple of games under Coach Jose Manuel de la Torre. In later years he would play in the USL with the Las Vegas Lights before leaving to play in the Costa Rican league.
Gerardo Lugo came up as an interesting prospect with Cruz Azul. He was the son of ex Atlante and Cruz Azul player Gerardo Lugo Gomez. Lugo Gomez also had a good career, making the Mexican National team in the 1978 World Cup. Lugo came through Cruz Azul, where he made his 1st division debut. The midfielder showed great offensive promise, at least at a Liga MX level. During his time in Cruz Azul, he had some good seasons on a good team that made two Liga MX finals in 2008, although they lost both of them. Lugo shined in those seasons, especially in Sergio Markarian’s tenure in what proved to be his peak in Cruz Azul.
After a strong start in Cruz Azul, Lugo started to falter. He got loaned out a couple of times; the first was to Puebla, where he had a solid stint; soon after he would move to Morelia, where he probably played at the highest level in his career. The strong success he had made him get called up to the National team under Coach Jose Manuel de la Torre. He made his debut in a friendly against Colombia in 2012, but he would only play some games that year in his short time in the NT. Lugo would later trasnfer to Santos Laguna and then Tigres, where he had the most success in terms of silverware, winning his only Liga MX title with Tigres in the Apertura 2015. After that, he would later get loaned out to Veracruz and Queretaro but his level of play continued on a downward path. Later, he would move to the USL to play in the Las Vegas Lights under coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola. Finally he would move to Herediano in Costa Rica where he ended uo retiring this week.
Gerardo Lugo was a talent that maybe didn’t live up to the high expectations that grew because of his fast start. Yet he managed to achieve a respectable list of accomplishments in Liga MX, including winning a League title and making it to the National Team. Lugo had a solid Liga MX career for a short time and he should be proud of his accomplishments.