A debut one year in the making

After being sidelined for one season due to injury, Iraheta makes his club and league debut

Marvin Iraheta Colorado Rapids

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Olivia Cervantes

Just last year, midfielder Marvin Iraheta was watching Chivas USA’s first game of the season from a club seat at The Home Depot Center  after tearing his ACL in the first game of the 2012 preseason. He spent all of last season unable to make his club or league debut in his rookie year and help the Red-and-White on the field.

More than a year later, Iraheta fulfilled his dream and was in Chivas USA’s starting line-up for the first game of the season, going all 90 minutes and taking one shot at goal early in the second half that ended off target.

“I felt very happy to have made my debut, despite the fact that I wasn’t able to play one minute last year,” the 20 year-old said. “It was very exciting for me and even more because it was the home opener, though the final score wasn’t in our favor.”

Since joining the club, Iraheta has received a huge support from the Salvadoran community, especially now that La Selecta defender Steven Purdy has joined the Red-and-White. From small autograph and photo sessions after practice to supporting the club at a scrimmage in Las Vegas, the Salvadoran community has welcomed to the two Red-and-White players with open arms.

“I’m very happy with the support that Chivas USA has gotten, not only from the Salvadoran community, but from people from other countries,” Iraheta said. “We hope that the stadium starts filling up with people from the Salvadoran community, the Mexican community and from all the different countries.

“We hope to do a better job than last year,” Iraheta said. “Our goal is for people to enjoy our games and we’re hoping that with what we do, we can reach the playoffs this year.”