Brandon De Leon (yellow jersey), shown playing against Comunicaciones, joined the Cremas on May 27, 2015. (Photo: Luis Rolando Solares)
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – The last few days have been important ones in the young career of Brandon De Leon. He is on Guatemala’s roster for its international friendly at Mexico on Saturday, after joining six-time defending Guatemalan champion Comunicaciones earlier in the week.
The future is bright for the 21-year-old, who signed a two-year contract with the Cremas after becoming a regular for Marquense.
De Leon made his international debut in a 1-0 win over Cuba on August 23, 2014. Over the next few months, he is eager to compete for country and club in World Cup Qualifying, the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the CONCACAF Scotiabank Champions League (SCCL).
“It is a great blessing from God to be part of this institution,” De Leon told CONCACAF.com. “I believe it is the fulfillment of a dream all Guatemalan footballers have to play for one of the largest institutions in Guatemala today.”
The midfielder is currently the only player from the department of Quiché to be playing professional football in the Liga Nacional. That fact is source of pride to De Leon’s family and friends.
"My family congratulated me on this move,” he remarked. “Everyone is happy. I have always had their support.”
With Comunicaciones, De Leon expressed a desire to make an impression in the SCCL, saying: "Playing in the Champions League is one of my dreams. It will be a great experience for me.
“I come to succeed as a player and support the team. I hope to grow in football.”
Guatemala is preparing for a pair of World Cup qualifiers against Bermuda, which will be played June 12 (home) and June 15 (away).