Antonio Pedroza

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Pedroza and the second or maternal family name is Whitham.
Antonio Pedroza
Personal information
Full name Antonio Michael Pedroza Whitham
Date of birth (1991-02-20) 20 February 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Chester, Cheshire, England
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Cruz Azul Hidalgo
Number 60
Youth career
2007–2010 Chiapas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Chiapas 12 (0)
2011–2013 Crystal Palace 4 (0)
2012–2013 Morelia (loan) 8 (1)
2013– Cruz Azul Hidalgo 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Antonio Michael Pedroza Whitham (born 20 February 1991) is a professional footballer who plays for Cruz Azul Hidalgo in the Ascenso MX as a striker.

Early life[edit]

Pedroza was born in Chester to a Mexican father and an English mother. At two years old, he was brought to Miguel Auza, a municipality located in the Mexican state of Zacatecas.

Prior to starting his career in Mexico, he spent short trial periods with various clubs in Europe such as Premier League clubs Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as Spanish La Liga club Atletico de Madrid.[2]

Club career[edit]

Jaguares de Chiapas[edit]

Pedroza made his league debut with Jaguares on 24 July 2010 against Necaxa, coming in as a substitute after 45' minutes.

In 2011, there were rumours that Pedroza could potentially join the English club Tottenham Hotspur,[3] However, negotiations for Pedroza eventually fell through and he was left without a club because the Mexican draft had expired meaning he could not re-sign with Jaguares for the 2011–12 season.

Crystal Palace[edit]

Later came interest from south London side Crystal Palace for whom he signed a three-year contract.[4] However, he barely saw action with the Eagles' first team in the 2011–12 season.

Monarcas Morelia[edit]

Pedroza decided to return to Mexico on a loan with Morelia, to dispute the Liga MX and Copa MX.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 30 June 2013[5]

Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chiapas 2010–11 12 0 0 0 7 3 0 0 19 3
Crystal Palace 2011–12 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Morelia 2012–13 8 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 11 5
Career total 24 1 4 4 7 3 0 0 35 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Antonio Michael Pedroza Whitham". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Beattie, Chris (12 July 2011). "Why Mexican football is split over Tottenham signing Antonio Pedroza". Tribal Football. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Mexican striker Antonio Pedroza Whitman is first signing of summer for less than £1 million". Mirror Football. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Crystal Palace to step in for Pedroza as Spurs deal falls over". tribalfootball. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Antonio Pedroza stats". ESPN Soccernet.

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