American Exports: Restrepo debuts with clean sheet

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – University of Virginia alum Diego Restrepo made his debut for Deportivo Táchira on Wednesday night and recorded a shutout in his team's 0-0 draw against CD San Antonio in the Copa Venezuela.

The 24-year-old Restrepo played a key role in the Aurinegros not leaking any goals, although the task was far from straight forward with strong winds and an uneven playing surface making it difficult for both teams.

In college, Restrepo was the 2009 NCAA College Cup's Defensive Most Valuable Player and was named the MVP of the ACC Tournament. He was a key figure in Virginia capturing the national championship that year.

After his university career, Restrepo joined Colombian giants América de Cali in January 2011 before hopping the border to sign for Deportivo Táchira last December.

Restrepo is likely to feature in the return leg of the cup tie to be played in Táchira on Sept. 12 and is currently battling for the starting spot in league play.

In Mexico, Marco Vidal wasn´t called up for Lobos BUAP's 4-0 Copa MX victory over Irapuato and Ventura Alvarado missed out on Club América's 4-1 victory over Querétaro, also in Mexico's cup competition.

Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America for MLSsoccer.com. E-mail him at tom.marshall.mex@gmail.com.