Minda receives call-up to Ecuadorian National Team
CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, September 6, 2012) – Chivas USA announced today that midfielder Oswaldo Minda has been called up to the Ecuadoran National Team for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Ecuador will face Bolivia at Quito’s Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa on Sept. 7 and then travel to Montevideo, Uruguay to play Uruguay at Estadio Centenario on Sept. 11. Minda will miss Chivas USA's match against Seattle Sounders scheduled for this Saturday, September 8 at 1 p.m. PT in Century Link Field.
Minda has figured prominently with Ecuador’s National Team since 2010. The 29-year-old has recorded 13 caps for “La Tri,” with participations in friendlies for 2010 and 2011 as well as Copa America and World Cup Qualifying also in 2011. Minda, originally from Pasaje, Ecuador, played with Sociedad Deportivo Quito since 2008 before coming to MLS. He appeared in 85 matches (82 starts), where he scored 11 goals in 5,606 total minutes with the five-time champion. Minda started his professional career in 2000 in Quito’s most popular team, Sociedad Deportivo Aucas where he would make 122 appearances and score 11 goals in six years. He then joined Deportivo Cuenca (2006) and Emelec (2007) on loan before joining Deportivo Quito.
Since being acquired by Chivas USA in Dec. 21, 2011, Minda has been an integral part of the squad from his midfield position, recording a goal and making 18 appearances (16 starts) for the Rojiblancos.