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Arka Gydnia Sign First Mexican in Ekstraklasa History

Enrique Esqueda has impressed during Arka's winter camp / Twitter
Arka Gydnia Sign First Mexican in Ekstraklasa History

GDYNIA, Poland. February 6 (PSN) – Arka Gdynia have made a major boost to their roster before the start of the spring round of the LOTTO Ekstraklasa.

Enrique Esqueda became the newest player of the northern Polish club, with the Mexican having signed on a six-month contract.

The contract with Esqueda contains a clause also allowing an extension for another twelve months. He joins on a free transfer.

The 29-year-old is best known for being part of the Mexico squad who became U-17 world champions in 2005. In addition, the striker also took part with the Mexico U-23 team that placed third in the 2007 Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he ended the tournament as top goal scorer.

For the senior side, Esqueda has 9 caps for Mexico with one goal to his name against Trinidad and Tobago. His most recent call-up to the Mexico national team came during the Copa America 2015.

Throughout his entire career, Esqueda had only played in Mexico but has decided to finally take the leap and try his luck playing abroad, making Arka Gdynia his first club outside his home country. His move to Poland has also made him the first Mexican in history to join an Ekstraklasa club.

The Mexican striker first joined the club on trial during Arka’s winter camp in Turkey. He scored 2 goals in friendlies with FC Botosani and FK Sileks Kratovo, as another recently on Friday’s match against Chrobry Glogow.

This is the second transfer of Arka during the LOTTO Ekstraklasa winter break. Earlier, the Gdynia side signed up Andriy Bohdanov, a Ukrainian midfielder from Olimpik Donetsk with one international cap to his name with Ukraine.

After the autumn round, Leszek Ojrzynski’s Arka currently sits in sixth place in the table, 7 points away from leaders Legia Warsaw.

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