York United’s Lisandro Cabrera & Mateo Hernández loaned to Costa Rican side Guadalupe FC
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York United has loaned striker Lisandro Cabrera and midfielder Mateo Hernández to Costa Rican side Guadalupe FC until the end of the year, the club announced Wednesday

The Argentinean pair had been with Dominican Republic outfit Atletico Pantoja but a COVID-19-related delay saw the cancellation of the club’s most recent league fixture, which “fast-tracked” an already-proposed switch to Guadalupe.

“It is unfortunate the way a few things have developed timing-wise,” York United FC president Angus McNab said. “But when Atletico Pantoja’s game was cancelled at the weekend, we all spoke and the decision was made to send the guys to Costa Rica a bit earlier than planned. Guadalupe are a fantastic club and this is a great opportunity to secure a high level of competition for Lisandro and Mateo while we wait on further developments with their work visas.”

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Cabrera, who signed for York United last November, had only been with Atletico for a month when he scored the club’s very first goal in the CONCACAF Champions League against Mexican heavyweights Monterrey back in April. Hernández, 22, arrived at Pantoja in mid-May and played a handful of matches before Wednesday’s switch.

“I thank Pantoja for their partnership and it was fantastic that Lisandro could play in big CONCACAF Champions League games and score the club’s first-ever goal in that competition,” says McNab. “Mateo also made an impact in a short period of time and it’s been good to get him back on the field again too.”