Pedro Arce has just signed for the most supported side in Mexico after a five year stint in Greece and two and a half year spell at Marcet.
“Quick, skilled, creative”. This is how the Mexican press described Pedro Arce Latapi, who has just been signed by América, the most prestigious club in the North American country. The Blue-Creams have brought home the playmaker from Saltillo, who spent two and half years at Marcet’s High Performance Academy before leaving to the Greek Superleague where he stood out in recent seasons.
“Although he’s not a goalscorer, his skill in midfielder cemented him constant places in the squads of each Greek team he played in”, as written in the newspaper Récord in reference to Anagennisi Giannitsa FC, AO Kavala and, above all, Veria FC, where Arce played 1505 minutes and bagged 5 goals.
“I spent five marvellous years in Greece, where I matured a lot, and for the next stage of my career I couldn’t picture a better option than signing for Club América”, confirmed the attacking midfielder in an interview for ‘Fútbol Total’. “I’m ready to give all I’ve got for the club, I really want my compatriots as well as América’s fans to know who Pedro Arce is, I want them to know how I play my football and that I really want to be successful here”.
He has good reason for his desire, as the ‘Mexican Iniesta’ has never played as a professional in Mexico. He was part of Puebla’s U-20s squad when he opted to leave Mexico for Europe to join Fundación Marcet’s Professional Program. The memory Arce has of Barcelona will stay with him for the rest of his sporting career. “Fundación Marcet is like a second home to me. I’ve got really nice memories and, above all, great friendships to show from my time there. I’m forever grateful to José Ignacio Marcet for this. Without his support I don’t think I would have ever been able to achieve what I have until now”.
“He’s made it in the end, he deserves all of the credit, because he has shown a lot of modesty to realise what he had to work on”, said José Ignacio Marcet to ESPN Mexico, in a telephonic interview from the other side of the Atlantic after Arce signed for Veria. “We only guided his progression. What he’s achieved can only be credited to him”.
According to the president of Fundación Marcet, “Pedro Arce is an example of a Mexican player that been able to adapt perfectly to the European game. In the beginning he had to realise that he didn’t have the necessary skills. As soon as he realised this, he started to learn and progress, and started a method that has led him to success”.
The playmaker now has to show all of his qualities in the colours of one Mexico’s legendary teams. Club de Fútbol América SA play their matches at the mythical Azteca stadium and is one of the only teams to have taken part in every single season of Mexico’s first division. With this in mind Pedro Arce’s return home couldn’t be any sweeter.