Overcoming obstacles

Cardozo faced challenges in his way to becoming pro

Paolo Cardozo still

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Juan Paz

For attacking midfielder Paolo Cardozo, getting to where he is now was no easy road. Cardozo was born in Uruguay, but at the short age of seven years old, he was recruited by Youth Team ranks of the Argentine powerhouse River Plate, factor that obligated his mother and six siblings to relocate to a new country.

Once living in Argentina, Cardozo, along with his family, had many challenges in their adaptation to a new country, one of those challenges being in the economic side. Raised by a single mother, money was always scarce, so much that in some occasions, Cardozo didn’t have money to go to training sessions or games and did not eat enough as a soccer player should.

Then in 2009, Cardozo signed with Argentine Second Division side Quilmes, giving him the opportunity to help his family economically. Even though he was helping his family, Cardozo felt frustrated because he wasn’t adding minutes to his résumé in his stay with Quilmes, obligating him to look for a starting position in another team.

But there would be a change of luck for Cardozo, as well as for his family. On January 13, 2011, the attacking midfielder would be selected in the MLS SuperDraft by the LA Galaxy, the first year that international players participated in this event.

“I think that hard work and effort pays off,” said Cardozo. “Thankfully, things have changed and now I can help my family twice as much as when I lived in Argentina.”

Cardozo played the 2011 season with the Galaxy, helping the team obtain the prestigious MLS Cup, playing 17 games, eight of them in the starting line-up. Then on April 10th, Chivas USA acquired Cardozo in a trade with the Galaxy, giving him the opportunity to add more minutes on the field.

“I’m very happy to be here with Chivas and that the club is giving me the opportunity to show the things that I can do on the field. The team has welcomed me very well and I’m very happy to embark in this new journey,” concluded Cardozo.