Tuesday, September 7, 2010

9/7/2010: After 1st Minute With Crew, Mendoza Dreams Up Lofty "Miroslav Klose" Goals



After one minute on the pitch with the Crew on Saturday to close up the 1-0 victory over D.C. United, Andres "El Condor" Mendoza already has lofty goals. As apparently, Mendoza sees himself playing for Peru in the World Cup in 2014 at the age of 36 and he looks up and wants to be like Miroslav Klose when he achieves that goal. Mendoza expects to get back into the Peruvian team through their new head coach Sergio Markarian, who coached Andres at Sporting Cristal in Peru from 1996-1997: "He knows me well, I debuted at Cristal. People think I am old, but recently I turned 32. And dream of reaching the World Cup.

Mendoza expects to be there with his older striker hero, Germany's Miroslav Klose. "[Klose] said he hoped to go to Brazil in 2014, when he turns 36. I want to go as well. It's a childhood dream and hopefully I can accomplish it. I have faith, because there are good players in Peru. If not I'll be frustrated, but my career was successful."

Nothing wrong with a little ambition, even at the ripe age of 32; but, talk about shooting for the stars. As first and foremost Mendoza would need Peru to qualify for the World Cup in 2014. However, Peru hasn't qualified since 1982 and Peru finished last in qualifying in South America for South Africa 2010 with only 3 wins and 13 points. Then Mendoza would have to go on enough of a scoring tear to be Peru's star striker at 36 at the World Cup. Something we all hope for, but Mendoza's Club Brugge days were six years ago.. And then if that wasn't enough of a stretch, finally Mendoza wants to be regarded at the level of Miroslav Klose when this all occurs. Good luck and by all means, as I would love to have a Klose-type player in our attack, but sounds like a bit of a stretch...

One good thing though about Mendoza's star gazing is that it signals that Mendoza will not be boring for bloggers like me during his time with the Crew :-); And here's some more Mendoza quotes on his debut with the Columbus Crew.

Mendoza quotes after D.C. United game-

How did you feel in your debut in the MLS?
I only played a few minutes but it felt good . I was anxious to get back because I was inactive since I detached from Diyarbakirspor Turkey. Now just think about playing, scoring goals and being champion of MLS.

Just now you walked by Guillermo Barros Schelotto , who is the biggest star of your club.
Yes, I get along with him . He was endorsed by references such as Nolberto Solano, who played for Boca Juniors with him. There is communication because we both speak Spanish (laughs). But all the players get along well, as well as the coach ( Robert) Warzycha .

Against DC United you entered as a lone striker . What is your ideal job ?
I'm a center forward . My best production comes there, like when I was a '9' shirt for in Bruges in Belgium. But I am left handed and fast, so many technicians put me on the left flank. One of them was Paulo Autuori. That made me a wheel in the selection of Peruvian Claudio Pizarro to be the lone striker. I agreed to play in another position because I always want to be on the field.

Do you think that people in Peru are unfair to you ?
I do not know. Perhaps because of bigotry , people only remember the goals that I missed. But the important goals they forget. So is football: one day you're up and the other down. Have long assumed that this is so. So rarely read the Peruvian press. A sector is very destructive. And they quickly forget everything.

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