International round-up: Oswaldo Minda
Chivas USA midfielder Oswaldo Minda continued his concentration with the Ecuadorian National Camp as the team defeated Colombia 1-0 on Sunday as part of CONMEBOL’s 2014 World Cup Qualifiers. Minda came into the match in the 90th minute as a substitute for forward Christian Benitez, who scored the only goal of the match.
Minda returned to Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa in Quito, Ecuador where he was crowned 2011 Serie A Champion with his now former club Sociedad Deportivo Quito just two days before signing with Chivas USA. The Ecuadorians went into the match in desperate need of three points after falling 4-0 to Argentina in the previous match. Before this match, ‘La Tri’ was in sixth place in CONMEBOL’s standings, out of automatic qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil (top four teams automatically qualify.) With the win, Ecuador now moves up to fourth place with nine points and a record of 3-2-0 (W-L-T), obtaining qualification, for now. In the history of Ecuadorian soccer, the national team has only qualified to two FIFA World Cups, in 2002 and 2006 and is currently 36th place in FIFA ranking.
Next up for Ecuador is the 7th of 18th qualifying matches, this time against seventh place Bolivia on September 7, once again in Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa.
The midfielder will now return to Los Angeles to prepare for the Red-and-White’s next match this Saturday against Real Salt Lake. In his first season with Chivas USA, Minda has only missed two games this MLS season due to yellow card accumulation and international duty.