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Uriel Antuna

Uriel Antuna
Personal information
Full name Carlos Uriel Antuna Romero
Date of birth (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 25)
Place of birth Gómez Palacio, Durango, Mexico
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Cruz Azul
Number 7
Youth career
2012–2017 Santos Laguna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017 Santos Laguna 1 (0)
2017–2019 Manchester City 0 (0)
2017–2018Groningen (loan) 20 (0)
2017–2018Jong Groningen (loan) 19 (5)
2019LA Galaxy (loan) 31 (6)
2020–2021 Guadalajara 62 (6)
2022– Cruz Azul 39 (4)
National team
2017 Mexico U20 10 (5)
2018 Mexico U21 5 (0)
2021 Mexico U23 11 (4)
2019– Mexico 36 (9)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 15 October 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 16 November 2022

Carlos Uriel Antuna Romero (born 21 August 1997), also known as El Brujo, is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a winger for Liga MX club Cruz Azul and the Mexico national team.

Club career

Early career

In 2012, Antuna joined the Santos Laguna youth academy, successfully going through the U-15, U-17 and U-20 teams.

In 2017, first-team manager José Manuel de la Torre promoted Antuna. On 5 March, Antuna made his professional debut in the Liga MX entering as a substitute in a 2–1 loss to Pumas UNAM.

FC Groningen

On 12 July 2017, English club Manchester City, via City Football Group, announced they had signed Antuna on a four-year contract. On 9 August, he joined Eredivisie club FC Groningen on a two-year loan deal.

On 10 September, Antuna made his league debut against VVV-Venlo; he entered the match as a substitute in a 1–1 draw.

LA Galaxy

On 29 January 2019, Antuna joined MLS side LA Galaxy on loan for their 2019 season. He scored his first goal for the team in their 2–1 victory over Real Salt Lake on 28 April. In October, he extended his contract with Manchester City, keeping him through 2022. At the end of his time with LA Galaxy, he made 31 league appearances with 6 goals and 5 assists; he also received interest from Portuguese club Benfica.

Guadalajara

On 28 November 2019, Antuna joined Liga MX side Guadalajara. On 11 January 2020, he would make his debut with Guadalajara, coming on as a substitute for Isaác Brizuela in a 2–0 victory over Juárez. On 5 September, Antuna scored his first goal with Chivas against Tigres UANL in a 3–1 victory.

International career

Youth

Antuna was called up to the under-20 team camp in preparations for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. He was subsequently called up for the tournament. During a classification stage match against El Salvador he would score a hat-trick, with Mexico winning the match 6–1. He was included in the best XI of the tournament. Antuna was called up for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He would appear in all five matches until they were eliminated by England in the quarter-finals.

Antuna was included in the final roster that participated at the 2018 Toulon Tournament. He would appear in all five matches as Mexico went on to face England in the final, losing 2–1.

Antuna participated at the 2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship, scoring three goals in five appearances, where Mexico won the competition. He was subsequently included in the tournament's Best XI. He was subsequently called up to participate in the 2020 Summer Olympics. Antuna won the bronze medal with the Olympic team.

Senior

On 3 November 2017, Juan Carlos Osorio named Antuna to the senior national team for the friendly matches against Belgium and Poland on 10 and 13 November but did not appear in either match.

In May 2019, Antuna was included in Gerardo Martino's preliminary list for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He made his debut on 5 June in a friendly against Venezuela, appearing as a 68th minute substitute for Roberto Alvarado. After originally being left out of the definite list for the Gold Cup, he was included after Jorge Sánchez picked up an injury in a friendly match against Ecuador. In Mexico's opening match against Cuba, Antuna scored a hat-trick and provided an assist in the team's 7–0 rout; his first goal at the 2nd minute of the match is the fastest goal scored by Mexico in a Gold Cup tournament. He appeared in every match as Mexico would go on to win the tournament.

On 19 November, in Mexico's final Nations League group stage match against Bermuda, Antuna scored the winning goal in injury time to secure a 2–1 win, maintaining Mexico's perfect group-stage record.

Style of play

Antuna is an agile player with sheer acceleration and speed who can dribble past opponents, with ESPN describing his work rate as "intriguing" yet "unrefined." Described as a player that likes to hold on to the ball and cross, he is fouled on often.

During a Guardianes 2020 quarter-finals match against Club América, his speed throughout the encounter was recorded as one of the fastest footballers in the world, second to Kylian Mbappe.

Career statistics

Club

As of 15 October 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Santos Laguna 2016–17 Liga MX 1 0 1 0 2 0
Groningen (loan) 2017–18 Eredivisie 11 0 1 0 12 0
2018–19 9 0 1 0 10 0
Total 20 0 2 0 22 0
Jong Groningen (loan) 2017–18 Derde Divisie 14 3 14 3
2018–19 5 2 5 2
Total 19 5 19 5
LA Galaxy (loan) 2019 MLS 31 6 1 0 2 0 34 6
Guadalajara 2019–20 Liga MX 9 0 2 0 11 0
2020–21 38 6 38 6
2021–22 15 0 15 0
Total 62 6 2 0 64 6
Cruz Azul 2021–22 Liga MX 20 2 5 2 1 0 26 4
2022–23 19 2 19 2
Total 39 4 5 2 1 0 45 6
Career total 172 21 5 0 6 2 3 0 186 23
  1. ^ Includes Copa MX and KNVB Cup
  2. ^ Appearance in Leagues Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in MLS Cup Playoffs
  4. ^ Appearances in CONCACAF Champions League
  5. ^ Appearance in Supercopa de la Liga MX

International

As of match played 16 November 2022
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Mexico 2019 12 6
2020 3 1
2021 11 0
2022 10 2
Total 36 9
Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Antuna goal.
List of international goals scored by Uriel Antuna
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 June 2019 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States  Cuba 1–0 7–0 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2 4–0
3 7–0
23 June 2019 Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, United States  Martinique 1–0 3–2
4 6 September 2019 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, United States  United States 3–0 3–0 Friendly
5 11 October 2019 Bermuda National Stadium, Devonshire Parish, Bermuda  Bermuda 1–0 5–1 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A
6 19 November 2019 Estadio Nemesio Díez, Toluca, Mexico 2–1 2–1
7 14 November 2020 Stadion Wiener Neustadt, Wiener Neustadt, Austria  South Korea 2–1 3–2 Friendly
8 30 March 2022 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  El Salvador 1–0 2–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 9 November 2022 Estadi Montilivi, Girona, Spain  Iraq 4–0 4–0 Friendly

Honours

Cruz Azul

Mexico U23

Mexico

Individual


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