Estupiñán targets 30-goal season for Chivas USA

Ecuadorean forward says he wants to make history in MLS

Victor Estupinan

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NEW YORK – New Chivas USA forward Víctor Estupiñán
may be new to the United States, but he's certainly not short on
confidence.

In the FutbolMLS.com podcast Tiro
Libre
, the 22-year-old Ecuadorean marksman said he can be a 30-goal scorer in his debut
MLS season.

“In Ecuador, I was one of the top scorers every year,” he
said. “I am really anxious to score 25 to 30 goals and much more. I have lots
of confidence in myself that it’s going to go well for me [at Chivas USA] and that
I can debut with goals.”

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The former Liga de Quito striker was one of the revelations
of the 2011 Player Combine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hitting the back of the net and
generally proving a handful for defenders with his timely runs and athleticism.

Of the five South Americans on show at the Combine, Estupiñán
looked the most MLS-ready with his physical ability to hold up the ball and
take on defenders one-on-one. He says he prefers to be a support forward
instead of a target man because he can escape, dribble and use his vision.

WATCH: Victor Estupiñan's Combine highlights

“I’m so anxious to play,” he said. “I think if Chivas can have
a good year, I believe that they would give me the opportunity to stay for many
more years. … I want to make history here.”

New manager Robin Fraser and Chivas USA made Estupiñán
the 14th overall pick and the forward had a feeling the Goats would
be the team to pick him. The club sat him down for an interview at the Combine
in Florida.

In Estupiñán, Chivas USA selected a former
Under-20 national team forward. The Esmeraldas, Ecuador, native joined Liga de
Quito back in 2004 at the age of 16 and worked his way onto the first team in
2007.

His move up the ranks coincided with the golden era of Liga
de Quito, with the team capturing an unprecedented series of championships: Ecuadorean
league titles, the Copa Libertadores, the Copa Sudamericana and the Recopa
Sudamericana.

Estupiñán’s background and experience explains why he comes into
MLS with such confidence. He believes he can be a difference-maker from the start
and the Combine only fueled his conviction that he can be an MLS star.

“I wanted to play in this club [Chivas USA],” he said. “I only heard good
things about it and I already feel like one of them. … I have Chivas in my blood. I’m focused on being a champion with Chivas and I really want
to work hard at this.”