Andy Polo makes peculiar move from Liga MX to MLS ahead of World Cup
— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) January 17, 2018
As the 2018 World Cup approaches many players from Peru have been trying to make moves to stay on Ricardo Gareca’s radar. It seems like Andy Polo has done the opposite of this by making the move to the Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer.
Polo was not getting consistent playing time in Mexico with Monarcas Morelia but will now not play consistently at all until March, when the MLS season starts. Not to mention that this will be in a laid-back atmosphere with a lot less pressure to perform from both fans and media before the global competition in Russia.
It was the right call for the Lima native to try and make a move away from Morelia but the MLS was clearly not the best choice with other South American clubs that could have used his services. Money had to be the biggest factor in this transaction for both Morelia and Polo as the Peruvian winger arrives on a three-year deal.
The 23-year-old will now have to wonder if that money was worth it as his level of play could take a massive hit just before the World Cup. This could also be Polo’s only chance to play in a World Cup as Peru is not a lock to play in every edition of the tournament, having to play in the very competitive CONMEBOL qualifiers.