Bolaños expecting change in 2013

The Ecuadorian sets personal goals for the upcoming MLS season

Miller Bolanos SC Storm

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Olivia Cervantes

Amidst the changes within Chivas USA’s roster, Ecuadorian midfielder Miller Bolaños is among the players making their return to the Red-and-White for another season. The 22 year-old has already set his sights on improving professionally and helping put the Goats in the top spots in the standings this season.

After hearing that countryman, and former LDU Quito teammate, Victor Estupiñan predicted he’d score 33 goals in the 2010 season for Chivas USA and was only able to score one, the rather quiet Bolaños did not want to publicize his goal prediction. But he did tell that it will be a higher number than last season’s.

“In my mind, I’ve already told myself how many goals I want to score this season,” Bolaños said. “I don’t want to jinx myself but I’m going for a much higher number than last year.”

In 2012, Bolaños scored three goals and added four assists in the 24 games (21 starts) that he competed in for the Red-and-White. Although one of his goals was a game-winner, last year’s numbers were not great according to Bolaños, who says he was not playing in his natural position and injuries cut his playing time.

But so far in three preseason games, Bolaños has been able to place himself as the team’s top goal scorer, scoring two goals against the Santa Clarita Storm and adding another in the 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire on Tuesday.

“We’re having a good preseason, working towards what coach [Chelis] wants from us,” Bolaños said. “We’re making progress in every training session and every game. Last season was a learning experience for me. Obviously in my first year in the league, I had to get used to a different style of play and a new country. But this year, it’s going to be different.”