MIAMI – The LA Galaxy welcomed a new face during their week-long training session in Miami, no, not new Panamanian goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, but Florida International University midfielder Roberto Alterio.
A junior transfer from the University of South Florida, the midfielder spent time in the Caracas F.C youth system and has seen time for the Venezuelan U-17’s before heading to school in the United States. For the college player, the chance to train alongside Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez was a valuable on.
“It was a big experience to be training with these types of players, who have played all around the world,” said Alterio. “It was a wonderful experience for me.”
Alterio is expected to be one of the standouts for Kenny Arena’s FIU squad this season as the Golden Panthers attempt to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004.
“He is one of our better players. He was here for summer school, so it just happened to be the way it worked out. I would have loved to have my entire team train with them,” said Kenny Arena. “It just worked out that he was the one that everything fell into place for to be here at the start of the week.”