Delgado is Ready to Make His Mark
While most 17 year olds are getting ready for Homecoming or worried about their senior year of high school, Chivas USA’s midfielder Marco Delgado’s (aka Marky) main concern is getting to the team’s 18-man roster.
Just last April 3rd, Marky became the youngest player ever to sign with the First Team after spending preseason with the club earlier this year. Since then, Marky has participated in team scrimmages, Reserve League matches and has even scored his first goal with the Reserves.
But his international career has started before landing in Chivas, receiving his first call-up to the youth ranks of the U.S. National Team at the young age of 13. Since then, Marky has become a regular with the youth national teams.
Most recently, he travelled to the Netherlands for an 11-day Training Camp with the U.S. U-18’s. While they were there, the Americans faced the home team’s youth national team and the youth ranks of local clubs, earning three wins and being defeated only once.
“I was able to play in three of the four games and the teams were tough,” Marky said, and added, “In the game against the Holland National Team, we were able to get a 4-2 result, which for us, it’s great.”
But Marky has not been just hanging out on the Chivas USA bench when he’s not out for international duty. Every Academy player signed to the team’s First Team must complete a total of 80 hours (the equivalent of one year) with the club until being eligible for selection by the First Team. And that’s exactly what Marky has been working on. Even though he was signed to the First Team, Marky continued his participation with Chivas USA’s U16 and U18 teams, helping the team get to their fourth U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s Finals Week and earning the first Generation adidas Championship.
Five long months passed and in the end of August, Chivas USA Head Coach Robin Fraser confirmed what Marky had been waiting for; he was finally eligible for selection for MLS action.
His big moment came early this month when Marky was listed in the 18-man roster for the team’s match at Seattle against the Sounders, although he did not make his debut in that match.
“Getting my name on that roster helped me and boosted my confidence, just knowing that I can make it helped me a lot. It’s not the first time my name is going to be on that roster,” Marky finalized.