The different leagues in the world had action this weekend prior to the FIFA date. Several Ecuadorian soccer players had minutes in their teams, with the MLS and the MX League like the tournaments where they jumped onto the field. Michael Estrada was the only tricolor who achieved a victory with his team this Saturday, with Cruz Azul defeating Atlético San Luis 1-0.
Estrada was a substitute in the Cement Machine, but entered for the second half, being important in attack by having scoring opportunities. Iván Morales was the one who gave Cruz Azul the victory, converting a penalty after 82 minutes. With this victory they add 16 points and occupy the eighth position, which gives the classification to the league. Monterrey had Joao Rojas on the bench in the 1-0 victory against Tigres.
Bad news came from the MLS for La Tri due to the injury suffered by Carlos Gruezo in the defeat of the San José Earthquakes against St Louis City 3-0. The Ecuadorian midfielder left the pitch after 29 minutes with a worried face due to physical discomfort. In the next few hours, studies will be carried out to find out the severity of the injury and if he will be able to be in the friendlies against Australia with La Tri.
Marco Angulo had his first start at FC Cincinnati. The 20-year-old midfielder’s team drew 3-3 with the Chicago Fire in a highly entertaining game. FC Cincinnati trailed 3-1 going into the final 10 minutes and tied the score in just 3 minutes. Júnior Moreno with a double and Sergio Santos were the scorers for Angulo’s club, who played 80 minutes.
The Vancouver Whitecaps drew 1-1 on their visit to the Los Angeles Galaxy. Pedro Vite was a substitute in the visiting team and entered the field of play after 43 minutes in place of Sergio Córdoba. The Whitecaps took the lead at minute 14 with a goal by Tristan Blackmon, but at the end of the first half Kelvin Leerdam equalized for the Galaxy and made it 1-1.
A duel between Ecuadorians took place at the Seattle Sounders vs Los Angeles FC. Despite the large number of players from the National Team, only Palacios started: the left back completed the 90 minutes for the team led by Steven Cherundolo. The American coach sent Cifuentes onto the field at 65′, when the midfielder entered for Timothy Tillman to provide more balance in midfield. On his side, Xavier Arreaga entered the local team after 55 minutes.
Leonardo Campana continues to recover from his injury and was not called up to Inter Miami, a team that lost 2-0 on their visit to Toronto FC. Gustavo Vallecilla’s Columbus Crew lost 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls, but the Ecuadorian defender did not enter the field and watched the game from the substitute bench. The balance for the tricolors on Saturday was not positive, having only one victory with Michael Estrada.