Everton capped off another successful campaign with a fourth-place finish in the transition tournament which brought qualification to next year’s Copa Sudamericana for a second time in succession. Everton will face Caracas from Venezuela in the opening stages.
Everton qualified for the tournament as a result of their Copa Chile final place at the end of 2016, but didn’t make it past the first round after defeat to Columbian side Patrios Boyaca.
The ANFP decided from 2018 that the league will be played as a single tournament, without the Apertura-Clausura system which has been in place since 2013. In order to manage the transition, a single tournament was put in place until the end of 2017.
After drawing three consecutive games against Audax Italiano, Curico Unido and Santiago Wanderers, Everton won two on the bounce against Uni. De Concepcion and Huachipato which put the Ruleteros in with a shout for the title with three games to go.
Everton were drawing 2-2 with Colo Colo with seconds to go until the prospective Champions scored a winning goal which put Everton out of the race.
Everton did bounce back with a 1-0 win at home to Antofagasta in the penultimate game to clinch Copa Sudamericana qualification, before falling to a 2-0 defeat away to Union Espanola in the final game.
An excellent campaign which has seen Everton make huge strides since their promotion in May 2016. Staff and players will no doubt hope this continues into 2018 and beyond.
New signings from Mexico Juan Cuevas and Patrico Rubio proved pivotal with both scoring 7 goals in 15 games.
The Chilean domestic season takes a back seat for now, with the new 2018 season due to start in February.
Feliz Navidad y año Nuevo from the Ruleteros Society!