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Oswaldo Minda Replaces Injured Castillo

Oswaldo Minda Replaces Injured Castillo

Chivas USA’s midfielder, Oswaldo Minda replaces the injured Segundo Castillo in Ecuador’s final list of players who will represent the country in the 2014 World Cup.


Minda was initially included in the provisional list of Ecuador’s head honcho, Reinaldo Rueda. However, he failed to make it to the final cut. Minda hardly participated in the squad’s training camp. Likewise, he has not joined any of La Tri’s pre-World Cup friendlies. His initial exclusion was therefore, understandable, given the high degree of competitiveness present in the biggest footballing event.


But considering that he was once considered in the final roster meant that his entry is not based on pure instincts. Rueda is aware of how intense the competition is. Definitely, he will not compromise La Tri’s reputation just for the mere sake of completing his squad.


While it is true that Minda was left out in the final list, this does not mean that he is short of top footballing skills.


Minda spent five (5) long years in Sociedad Deportiva Aucas until he joined Deportiva Cuenca on loan. During his stay, he helped the club in their Copa Libertadores campaign in 2006. His contributions did not go unnoticed and soon, he transferred to Club Sport Emelec. The struggle for Emelec’s staring XI was never easy for Minda. Soon he found himself playing for Deportivo Quito and helped them clinched the title in Ecuador’s Serie A in 2008 and 2011.  His successful spell at the said outfit attracted Chivas USA.


With his impressive resume, it is fully understandable why Rueda easily chose him to be a part of the Ecuadorian contingent that is expected to feature in several world cup matches.


Image Source: El Economista

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