Vitoriana Manu Lareo, about to make her international debut with the Dominican Republic

The striker, who has just finished his time at Real Sociedad, will play this Wednesday against Nicaragua and on Sunday against Paraguay.

Born to a Spanish father and Dominican mother, Manu Lareo is about to make his international debut. The former Athletic striker has already played several matches with Spain’s U-17 and U-19 teams, and now, at 29 years of age, she will take another step forward by making her debut this Wednesday with the senior team, but in this case with the Dominican Republic. He will do so in a friendly against Nicaragua. On Sunday, she will face Panama.

The player from Vitoria, who spent four seasons in Lezama (from 2010 to 2014), after training in the Aurrerá of Vitoria, and who has just completed her time at Real Sociedad after six seasons, was recruited by the new coach of the Dominican Republic, the also Spanish José ‘Beni’ Rubido, being this call a surprise for her. “I am very happy, they have a very nice project ahead. The expectations are very high and things are very clear. In these days that we have been working here I have been very comfortable,” she told the website of the federation.

She will be one of those making her debut this week as a senior Dominican international, as will Jazlyn Moya (FC Copa USA striker). “The group has people from different places but the atmosphere is very good, it is easy to integrate and that is important for what is ahead of us,” says the Basque player, who highlights the great commitment of the whole team. “We all have a lot of desire and enthusiasm and we are working hard every day to get through the games and everything that is to come”.

All the players, as well as the coach, a former FIFA high performance manager who comes from the Racing de Ferrol youth academy and also has experience in the lower categories of the Madrid Football Federation, are starting a new era in women’s soccer in the Dominican Republic. “This national team can grow, there is talent inside and outside, what we have to do is work with it,” said the coach, who has only been in charge for a couple of weeks.


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