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Rodas, el estadounidense que deslumbra en Guatemala

Aslinn Rodas (en la foto) entrenando con Guatemala en el Proyecto Goal en la Ciudad de Guatemala el  9 de Febrero, 2015. (Foto: Rudy Martínez Díaz)

CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA, Guatemala – Con el objetivo de competir en la Copa de Oro de la CONCACAF, Guatemala convocó a un estadounidense-guatemalteco que deslumbra en la Liga Nacional.

Se trata de Aslinn Rodas De León quien nació el 10 de junio de 1992 en San Rafael California, hijo de inmigrantes guatemaltecos oriundos de San Carlos Sija, Quetzaltenango. Formó parte de los equipos juveniles del Columbus Crew y DC United de la MLS, también probó suerte en el Kansas City.

Sin hablar un español fluido, Rodas (22) tomó sus maletas rumbo a Guatemala y tras recibir el pasaporte guatemalteco debutó con Xelajú MC ante Petapa, el pasado 31 de enero, después jugó contra Halcones FC y Antigua GFC.

Partidos que le bastaron para convencer al técnico Iván Franco Sopegno, quien lo convocó para integrar a la Selección de Guatemala que se fogueará ante Canadá y El Salvador, el 26 y 29 de marzo, respectivamente.

“No pensé que fuera a llegar tan rápido (la convocatoria)”, cuenta Rodas con acento de inglés estadounidense.  “Estoy contento por ser convocado por primera vez a la Selección”, agrega.

Administrador de empresas de profesión, Rodas se siente orgulloso de jugar en Xelajú MC, representativo de la tierra de sus padres y además de ser llamado a la Bicolor chapina. 

“Están contentos todos en Estados Unidos, ya que estoy representando al país de ellos (papás). Representar a un país es una gran cosa; si me dan la oportunidad me quedo”, refiere.

Con buen trato del balón, Rodas suma dos asistencias de gol en el campeonato, aunque refiere que aún se está adaptando al estilo de juego en Guatemala.

“Es un fútbol diferente, me gusta pero es bastante diferente, poco a poco me voy  acostumbrando a la Liga de acá. Se juega más con la pelota, mientras en Estados Unidos es más agresivo y rápido”, concluyó.

Guatemala ha estado inactiva desde que enfrentó a Perú, encuentro que perdió 1-0 el 14 de octubre de 2014 en Lima. Los chapines se preparan para regresar a la Copa Oro CONCACAF este verano, tras ausentarse en la pasada edición del 2013.

 
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