VALEO INTERNATIONAL PLAYER MATTHEW LEAL SHINES AT U16 PORTUGUESE ACADEMY
On Tuesday November 1st, Valeo International Academy (V.I.A) player Matthew Leal played an important role this past week in U16 S.C. Sacavenense win over S.L. Benfica.
With this win, his team jumped to second place behind Portuguese powerhouse Sporting S.C. Leal was asked a lot by his coach to move positions midgame, from offensive midfield to defensive midfield against Benfica. The coach’s decision proved to be a good one as Leal anchored the midfield and held Benfica scoreless in the second half. Sacavenense would then go ahead to score twice to pull ahead. Leal represented Valeo for three years prior to spending a year with the New England Revolution Academy. He then rejoined Valeo F.C. as one of the original four players to take part in the International Academy program at Valeo. Last season, Matthew spent the year training with the O.S. Belenenses club in Lisbon while he awaited his international transfer to be approved.
This season Matthew made the decision to join S.G. Sacavenense because of their reputation for developing youth players and their partnership with Sporting C.P. Sacavenense youth academy teams play in the first division in their respective age groups.
Congratulations, keep up the good work representing Valeo, Matthew!