Cuba

Luis Paradela

Calimete, Cuba January 21, 1997 Currently playing for Jocoro(La Liga Mayor)
Primary position(s)Attacking midfielder
Secondary position(s)Left winger
Right winger
Striker

Luis Paradela was first spotted by us during the 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualifying campaign where he earned a spot in the tournament best 11 and was among the top scorers with 5 goals in 4 matches. After playing for a number of clubs in Cuba, mostly FC Matanzas, in January 2019, he joined USAC in Guatemala Primera Division de Ascenso.

After being scouted by Bruno Costa, Brazilian head scout of San Jose Earthquakes, during the 2019 Gold Cup, he moved on loan to the USL Championship affiliate, Reno 1868, for the last two months of the 2019 season, becoming the first ever Cuban athlete to receive a professional VISA and play in the USA without defecting. Due to the short validity of such VISA because of US government restrictions, he had to return to to Central America at season end to join Jocoro in the Liga Mayor of El Salvador.

Paradela is a talented, fast, skillful, and hardworking player, with good technique, a short stature, and a strong build. He usually plays as a left winger, a position which enables him to beat opponents with the ball, cut into the centre, and shoot on goal from outside the area with his stronger right foot, although he is also an accurate striker of the ball with his left foot; he is also capable of creating chances for teammates as well as scoring goals himself.

He is also known for his defensive contribution off the ball, and has been deployed anywhere along the front line, as well as in several midfield positions, most frequently as either an attacking or central midfielder, although he has also been used as a main or second striker on occasion.

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