Six months have passed and Ecuadorian Oswaldo Minda has already established himself among the top midfielders in the league, obtaining his first nomination to the 2012 MLS All-Star Team. The midfielder signed with Chivas USA just two days after having been crowned National Champion of the country’s Serie A league with his now ex-club Sociedad Deportivo Quito, where he helped the team earn two national championships. Now, he is searching for another one with Chivas USA.
“I’m very happy to be here. I’m trying to give my all with my experience in soccer and give all that experience on the field,” Minda said. “We’re in a good position; we’re close to qualifying [to playoffs] and we’re going to have to improve this second half of the season.”
In the 16 weeks of the MLS season, Minda has played a total of 14 games (all starts), missing just two games due to yellow card accumulation (he will also miss the match vs Vancouver on 7/7) and international duty with the Ecuadorian National Team. But just in the sixth week of the season, Minda proved his winning mentality when he scored the victory goal as Chivas USA defeated Toronto at home, earning him the Latino of the Week title and a nomination to MLS Goal of the Week.
After six months with the Red-and-White, Minda has started getting used to MLS; a league in which he believes is very competitive and different to those in South America.
“In South America, we play very good, but this league is also very competitive, and a better league than most in South America,” Minda said. “For the infrastructure, the players in the league, the stadiums and the fans, obviously that helps in the development of the player. This league is very attractive, at a good level and hopefully things will turn out well.”
But the move to another league has not just been at the professional level, but also personal. Minda had played in Ecuador all his life, so moving to another city, let alone, another country, has not been easy, but six months later, he’s getting used to it, enjoying all that Southern California has to offer (including Disneyland and other theme parks) with his family.
“I really like the weather and my team. Here, we have everything at our reach,” Minda said. “My family is very happy. So now we have to continue focusing on our job and win what’s important.”
For Minda, the goal that Chivas USA must reach by the end of the season is clearer than water. And obtaining anything less is not in his plans.
“For me, there is no other alternative that is not winning the championship. We’re a team that is growing and we’re improving more everyday,” Minda concluded.