Just a week ago, it appeared Chivas USA would have no current players going to the World Cup this summer in Brazil. However, following the trade for winger Marvin Chavez last week, who was selected to Honduras' World Cup roster last week, comes word that midfielder Oswaldo Minda has been called up to Ecuador's provisional 30-man World Cup squad.
Ecuador head coach Reinaldo Rueda selected Minda, the only MLS player to make Ecuador's squad, for the first time since October 2012, when Minda came off the bench during a World Cup qualifier against Venezuela. But when Minda had an unfortunate slip in a World Cup qualifier against Uruguay, allowing Edinson Cavani to flash through and score in a qualifier in September 2012, he seemed to fall out of favor with Rueda.
Based on that, it seems like that Minda is "on the bubble" to actually make the cut to get on the 23-man roster and get on the plane to Brazil. Although it's possible that Rueda realized La Tri needs a midfield destroyer like Minda, it's a safe bet to say that Minda will need to impress in camp and in the pre-World Cup friendlies taking place over the next few weeks.
They will play the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Saturday, followed by friendlies in the U.S. against Mexico on May 31 in Arlington, Texas, as well as against England in Miami on June 4. Minda was not initially called up to the Netherlands game, and Chivas USA haven't officially announced his selection, so it is currently unclear if he will be heading over to Europe, or joining the team later.
Regardless, congratulations to Minda for getting the selection! Best of luck in making the World Cup squad!
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