Las Tunas, Cuba.- Sánchez, already established as goalkeeper, will be one of the pillars of the team when making its complicated debut June 15th against Mexico at the Rose Bowl Stadium, in the city of Pasadena.
The player, from the municipality of Manatí, currently plays for the FC Jarabacoa, in the Dominican League; and has allowed only four goals in seven matches. The team, in which also plays Yordan Santa Cruz, from Cienfuegos, is right now in second place in one of the leagues of faster development in the Caribbean area.
Andreus has international experience wearing the tricolor Cuban shirt. He attended in 2017 the prestigious Toulon Hopes tournament with the U-20 squad, welcomed each year by the French city. This season began for him with the historic title of Las Tunas in the U-23 national championship and continued with the call to the national selection that participated in the League of Nations.
Last February 27, Andreus scored the first goal of a friendly match against Bermuda and a few days later he played the final minutes of the game against Haiti that assured the Cuban squad its presence in division A of the Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean (Concacaf), in the newly created League of Nations tournament.
However, the striker from Las Tunas will have to fight hard for a position in the final list of 23 players that will be able to attend the competition, since there are several forwards who aspire to do the degree. Thus, five players will be ruled out from the preliminary group.
Raúl Mederos will coach the team again, and his assistant will be Leonardo Herrera, three-time national champion with the squad of Santiago de Cuba.
Cuba was included in Group A along with Mexico, its rival on the June 15th at the Rose Bowl of Pasadena; in addition to Martinique June 19th at the Broncos Stadium and Mile High, in Denver; and Canada on June 23rd at the Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte; all in United States.
PRELIMINARY 28-PLAYER LIST:
Goalkeepers: Sandy Sánchez, Nelson Johnston, Elier Pozo and Diosvelis Guerra.
Defenders: Yosel Piedra, Dariel Morejón, Rolando Abreu, Lionis Martínez, Karel Espino, Marlon Sánchez and Yonaidis García.
Midfielders: Yordan Santa Cruz, Andy Baquero, Aricheell Hernández, Daniel Ruiz Sáez, Reynaldo Pérez, Erick Rizo, Yasmani López, Alejandro Portal, Aníbal Álvarez, Jean Carlos Rodríguez, Jorge Kindelán, Luismel Morris and Roberney Caballero.
Forwards: Luis Paradella, Maykel Reyes, Allan Álvaro Pérez and Juan Andreus.
*Besides Santa Cruz and goalie Sánchez, Baquero, Ruiz Sáez, Rey Pérez, Hernández, Piedra and Paradella play in the professional leagues of the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Panama, while the rest still plays domestically.