May 7, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Club Deportivo Chivas USA
After a perfect preseason, Chivas USA midfielder Miller BolaĆ±os couldn't wait for the MLS regular season to kick off. In preseason, the young Ecuadorian player notched six goals for Chivas USA, and set himself a higher number to score in the upcoming MLS action.
Only two matches into the season, the 22 year-old midfielder suffered a sprain in his left ankle, injury that kept him out of action for three weeks. After his recovery, and on his first day back to training, BolaĆ±os suffered a left hamstring strain, causing him to be out of action longer.
When BolaĆ±os went in as a sub in Sunday's match against Sporting KC, the midfielder was happy to, once again, be back in action and defend the Red-and-White colors, after waiting patiently for weeks for his chance to do what he more loves.
"I feel very motivated. Like any soccer player that can recover from an injury and with time return to action, it's motivating; now that I'm back, I have to start from scratch, and fight for a spot in the starting line-up. I have to work towards that," BolaĆ±os said upon his return to Los Angeles.
"I spoke with our medical staff, with our coach, and I told them that I wasn't ready to play the 90 minutes, but those 25 minutes that I did play helped me get a feel for where I am physically at. I felt very good. Now I have to work on playing not just 45 minutes, but go the full 90," he added.
Next Sunday, Chivas USA heads north to face the Portland Timbers, team that has not lost since the second week of the 2013 MLS season. And in that game, BolaĆ±os will look for a spot in the Red-and-White's starting line-up.
"We have to work in the best way we can; last week's result is now in the past, so we have to focus on Portland and stay focused on that so last week's result doesn't repeat itself," BolaĆ±os concluded.
"We must move forward," VillafaĆ±a.
Chivas USA's Week 10 match of the 2013 MLS season is now behind, and even though the result against Sporting KC wasn't the one expected by the Red-and-White players, the next match against the Portland Timbers will be a great opportunity for the team to come back to its winning ways.
After taking the difficult result in Kansas City, Red-and-White midfielder Jorge VillafaĆ±a said that the team has turned the page and have turned their full focus on the next match. A victory in Portland can take the RebaĆ±o back to a playoff contention spot in the Western Conference standings.
"It was a very bad result, to be honest. It never feels good to lose, much less in that way," the Chivas USA Homegrown Player said. "To have one less man on the field affected us, but to be honest, we didn't have to lose that way. We're upset, but we have to move forward to continue preparing for this Sunday.
"I think the group didn't come out the way we have in other games," continued VillafaĆ±a, who went all 90 minutes in the match at Sporting Park. "In those [games] we've been losing in, we come back and earn a draw; we fought to be on top of the opponent, but this last game, we missed that, we missed playing with more guts."
"We're talked, we've learned our lesson, and we can't allow ourselves to make the same mistakes or lose the same way. That's why we have to prepare ourselves for this match against Portland, it's going to be a very important one," he added in reference to the Week 11 match.
In the Western Conference, led by FC Dallas with 20 points, and followed by the LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake and the Timbers with 14 points, and Colorado Rapids with 12 points, Chivas USA count with 11 points. A victory against Portland would give the Red-and-White the points to catch up, counting with a combination of results, and getting the Goats back into a playoff contention spot.
"In the Western Conference there are three teams tied for second place, and even though Portland is above us, if we beat them, we can catch up with them in terms of points and get back to a playoff spot. That's why I think this game is important to us and we have to come out to win," concluded Jorge VillafaĆ±a.