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CHIVAS USA: Estupiñan swears he's happy

5/18/2011

Is Victor Estupiñan unhappy with Chivas USA?

You might think so had you taken an gander at his Facebook account last week. The 23-year-old Ecuadoran forward, a first-round selection in January's Major League Soccer draft, posted last Thursday in Spanish that “it would be great news to return to my [former club] LDU Quito. I would really like to go back. I'm just waiting to hear about negotiations.”

The post was taken down not long after and replaced, in part, with this, also in Spanish: “I still have the same desire to play for Chivas and apologize to my friends for my comment yesterday.” He then posted that he was still looking to score 30 goals for Chivas, as he predicted he would during preseason.

What's the story?

"I'm happy here," Estupiñan said through an interpreter after training Wednesday. "It was a joke to my friends on Facebook. Some friends were asking me between two teams, and one of them I used to play for and they lost [last week]. ... It was a joke saying I want to go back to Liga [LDU Quito]. Then I realized maybe I made a mistake, and then I deleted it."

Estupiñan has reason to be frustrated. He has played little for the Goats' first team, starting only two of 10 games, including a U.S. Open Cup qualifying loss at Portland in late March, and has not played in the last five. He has featured regularly for Chivas' reserve team and scored twice in an MLS Reserve League victory two weeks ago over the Galaxy.

He also has been without his wife, Maria, whom he last saw, he said, "on my wedding day." They were married when he returned to Ecuador in February to get his work visa.

"Even though I don't play, I'm working to gain an opportunity," he said. "I'm happy my wife is going to be here in a few more days. ... I just have to wait for an opportunity, and the team is playing very well, and that makes me happy. If there was a misunderstanding that I wasn't happy, I'm sorry. I didn't mean that."