This Thursday, June 29 it was officially announced that the Ecuadorian forward, Michael Arroyo was moving on from Club America in the Liga MX to Gremio in Brazil. The 30-year-old is set to be an important player with Gremio and signed a contract with the team from Porto Alegre until December of 2019.
Arroyo has had an extensive professional career dating back to 2005 and had been playing in Mexico since 2010. The South American winger started his career in Mexico with San Luis in 2010 then moved to Atlante in 2012 before making his big move to Club America in 2014.
The Ecuadorian had been a prominent figure on the Mexico City team that the fans had learned to love. In recent campaigns, Arroyo had not made much of an impact especially in this last Clausura 2016-17 season, where the 30-year-old only played in 15 out of 34 games as a starter.
Arroyo will now leave Mexico’s capital behind and make the move to Porto Alegre, where he is likely to be a consistent starter and an impactful player. “Miky” will be joined by an intriguing squad at Gremio that includes three former Liga MX players. This includes the Paraguayan striker, Lucas Barrios and the Argentine defender, Walter Kannemann who both had a stint with Atlas in Mexico.
The other former Liga MX player on the squad, Gaston “La Gata” Fernandez had a much more successful time in Mexico playing with both Monterrey and Tigres UANL. Arroyo should make a good fit in the squad and should help Gremio be a more competitive team in league play and in the Copa Libertadores.