Darlene Ricker | 09/19/17

Like most of the usual suspects in the annual Argentine Triple Crown, Facundo Sola is back for 2017—but this time around he’s wearing a different jersey. In place of the injured Lucas Monteverde, Sola joins Alegría after playing for Washington in last year’s Argentine season.

He’ll be in action today in game 2 on opening day at the Tortugas Open, when Alegría takes on Cría Yatay at 3:30 p.m. local time.

Rated 8 goals, Sola is notably an offensive player with the ability to finish around goal with the elite players in the world. He had a superb run in the UK this summer alongside top gun Hilario Ulloa, his teammate on Murus Sanctus, until Sola was sidelined with an infected ankle. He was back in the irons for the 2017 Cartier Queen’s Cup semifinals and finished out a strong season with Murus Sanctus in the 2017 Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup.

From there it was on to Sotogrande, where Sola blossomed playing with Dos Lunas. With him hot off a successful season in Spain that saw him lead all players with 58 goals and 61 throw-in wins, Alegría will look for Sola to continue that offensive production in Argentina.

Playing in Tortugas in the company of 10-goalers Ulloa and Sapo Caset, with Fred Mannix in the back position, Sola can stay active in the middle of the game. He can be effective there using high pressure on ball defense as he did throughout the UK and Spain high-goal seasons. One thing is certain: Sola’s presence on Alegría strengthens an already potent offense.

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