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Once a Goat: Miller Bolaños named to Ecuador's provisional squad for Copa America

Miller time could be coming to the Copa America!

Bolaños: Thriving at home.
Bolaños: Thriving at home.
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Here's some international news that may be of note to those who watched MLS a few seasons back. Former Chivas USA attacker Miller Bolanos has been named to the provisional 30-man roster for Ecuador for the upcoming Copa America tournament by head coach Gustavo Quinteros.

Bolaños, whose career has rebounded in a real way back home with Emelec since leaving the Goats, is enjoying his first year on the national team after Quinteros named him to two friendly dates, and in one of those appearances he scored against Argentina.

With Emelec, Bolaños has won two Serie A (Ecuadorian first division) titles, and was the leading goalscorer in the 2014 Copa Sudamericana (the South American equivalent of the Europa League).

It's unclear if the 24-year-old is looking to leave his home country again, but if he makes the cut for the Copa America, to be held in Chile this year, and turns some heads while featuring for La Tri, he may get a look from some European scouts. It could happen, you never know.

The final 23-man rosters for the tournament have to be submitted to CONMEBOL by June 1, so we'll find out around then if Bolaños will be involved in his first senior international tournament, and if a former Goat will feature in one of the most prestigious tournaments in world soccer.

Also, if you're curious, another former Chivas USA player, Erick Torres, was not named to Mexico's squad for the Copa America. That is not a surprise, given the lack of playing time he's had with Chivas de Guadalajara this year, but expect him to get a call-up to some tournament for El Tri this summer, with most indications being the Pan-American Games in Canada, which is a U-22 tournament.

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