What They're Saying: Ventura Alvarado

"I’ve matured a lot. I’m thankful for everything that has happened, everything I’ve experienced in football and in life. I’ve matured, and now I’m captain and get to show that maturity. For me, it’s really important. I didn’t stay in the same place. I’ve kept getting better - on the field getting the details better - mentally and as a person as well. That’s why I earned the captain role. I’m in a good place that I have to take advantage of as well."

-- Ventura Alvarado on captaining Necaxa, which faces Monterrey in the Liga MX quarterfinals, at the age of 26. The Phoenix product played only 31 games in his previous three seasons at Club America, Santos and Necaxa but has started 30 games in 2018-19 for Necaxa and hopes to get a recall to the U.S. national team for the first time since 2015. (Goal.com)
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