Club America defeated Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, 2-1, in the quarterfinals of the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup at the Suita City Football Stadium in Osaka, Japan. Argentine striker Silvio Romero scored two second half goals to lead his club over the reigning AFC Champions League winner from the K League.
American defender Ventura Alvarado entered the match as a substitute in the 70th minute.
Club America qualified for the competition by winning the 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League. The Mexican power faces Real Madrid in the semifinals on Thursday, December 15th at the International Stadium Yokohama.
The Club World Cup is Alvarado’s second to last tournament with his club. Following next week’s two-leg Apertura Liguilla final against UANL, the 24-year old defender is set to join Santos Laguna.
Alvarado spent his entire youth and senior career with America, outside of a one-year loan at Necaxa. He’s had difficulty finding playing time, which prompted the move to Santos Laguna after failed overtures from Tigres and Major League Soccer. Despite the upcoming move, he’s started America’s last three Liguilla fixtures.
Regardless of where Alvarado is in January, he needs regular playing time. The Arizona-native has 13 caps and was included in the USMNT squad for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. With what seems to be constant instability on the back line (in addition to unforeseen injuries that always seem to crop up), Alvarado could work his way into the rotation with a series of strong performances.