The Chilean league season resumed this month after a winter break, in the form of the Clausura tournament; the second of two tournaments in the Chilean league season.
After losing the cup final to Colo Colo in December, the players had a few weeks’ rest before returning for a mid-season training camp in preparation for the second half of the season.
Everton signed Pachuca striker Wilson Morelo, with Braian Rodriquez going in the other direction. A noticeable transaction given both clubs are owned by the Pachuca Group. Attacker Raul Becerra also joined from Deportivo Cuenca.
Two games into the Clausura, and Everton are in third place after winning both of their opening games; a 2-0 away win at Antofagasta and a 2-1 win at home to Universidad de Católica. Everton face trips to San Luis and Universidad de Chile next, before rivals Santiago Wanderers visit the Sausalito on the first weekend of March.
Reaching the cup final back in December meant Everton qualified for the 2017 Conmebol Sudamericana tournament; South America’s equivalent to the Europa League. Everton were drawn against Patriotas Boyacá of Columbia in the first knockout round. The first leg will be played at the Sausalito on Wednesday 4th April, with the return leg in Columbia on Wednesday 31st May.
Everton will be up against it in the Conmebol Sudamericana, but will fancy their chances against South America’s big boys. Only one Chilean club has won the Conmebol Sudamericana in its competition history (Universidad de Chile in 2011). In the meantime, focus is well and truly on domestic issues.