Sueño Getting Closer to Living the Dream
For young players in MLS, playing time is rarely guaranteed. It has to be earned with hard work on the training ground and good performances in limited minutes on the field. Jorge Flores, only 21 but now in his fourth season with Chivas USA, is getting close to breaking through. "Sueño," as he is known to his teammates, played an impressive forty-five minutes on Sunday, after entering the match as a halftime substitute.
“Coach told me at the end of the first half to start warming up, because I was going to go in,” said Flores. “I think it was the training that I had been doing during the week,” he explained. “I was feeling good about myself and I think it paid off.”
Although he was disappointed with the loss, Flores thought the team played well in the second half of the SuperClásico and deserved at least a point.
Head Coach Martín Vásquez was also pleased with the way Flores played on Sunday. Vásquez saw at halftime that he needed more attack from the left, and believed that Flores could turn things around.
“With us being down 2-0, he came in and changed the game,” said Vásquez. “He’s been training hard. He’s been looking sharp. We were confident that he could come in and help us.”
Flores does not plan to do anything differently to get more playing time. The young midfielder says he will just keep working hard in training and make sure he is ready when he gets called again.
That strategy may work in Flores’ favor, at least in the short term. When asked how Flores could earn more minutes in the remaining four games however, Vasquez was clear.
“If he does what he did on Sunday, I’m sure he’ll continue to get playing time and he’ll continue to help us.”