New Chivas signing Macotelo earns midweek minutes

Left-sided midfielder looking ahead to weekend vs. Houston

José Macotelo

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It’s been a whirlwind week for José Macotelo.

The 24-year-old midfielder went from playing with Costa
Rican side Puntarenas F.C., the first and only professional team he had ever represented,
to making his MLS debut with Chivas USA in the span of just four days.

“It’s been amazing,” said Macotelo after training
on Friday morning. “I’m happy to have made my debut and I want to keep working
hard to fit in with the system at my new team.”

Macotelo joined the Goats on April 30 on loan from Puntarenas.
He flew directly to Chicago that day to meet his teammates, who were preparing
for a clash with the Fire. He then flew with the team to New England, where he
would make his debut.

Macotelo entered Chivas’ match against the Revolution
on Wednesday in the 67th minute, replacing two-goal hero Jesus
Padilla in the midfield. He looked at ease with his new teammates, helping the
side to a fourth goal in the 81st minute.

“I’m happy with my first minutes,” Macotelo said. “It
was good to get some game experience. I’m excited to keep working hard and
learning things around here, and hopefully I’ll continue to improve and see
more time.”

Macotelo is a naturally left-sided player who will
give the Red-and-White depth on that side of the field. The position puts him
in front of Jonathan Bornstein, with whom Macotelo already feels comfortable.

“The players around me are all very solid,” Macotelo
said. “They’re humble, hard-working and really talented. I’m lucky to have such
good teammates, and I just hope that I can continue to work hard to be at that
level.”

Wednesday evening’s match was Macotelo’s first
taste of the MLS style of play, which has often been categorized as fast and
physical.

“The pace of play was very quick,” he said of his
first minutes. “There’s lots of one and two-touch soccer, and the attack moves
fast. I like the style, but I’ll have to get used to it quickly.”

Macotelo will be available for Chivas’ weekend clash
with the Houston Dynamo, and with Osael Romero, Ante Jazic and Maykel Galindo
still recovering from injury, he just might get his second chance at some game time.

“Houston is going to be a tough game,” said Macotelo.
“They’re a strong team. But we’re coming off some good results on the road and
we’re feeling confident. Playing at home in front of our fans, I think a win is
definitely within our grasp.”