Hernan Galendez celebrates his first minute as captain of the Ecuadorian first team | football | Sports

Michael Estrada handed the armband to the naturalized Argentine goalkeeper, Ecuadorean, eight minutes before the end of the friendly match with Mexico.

His happiness that Wednesday night was the first time he had worn the Ecuadorian national team captain’s armband, the Argentine-born goalkeeper, Hernan Galendez, shared an emotional message on the social network Twitter.

The captain of the international friendly match against Mexico, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte (North Carolina), was striker Michael Estrada until coach Gustavo Alvaro decided to replace him with Danny Cabezas in the 82nd minute of the match. There, the tape was handed over to the 34-year-old goalkeeper Universidad Cattolica.

“I can’t explain how I feel right now. After the injury, to be able to come back and contribute to today’s victory, and I was finally captain of the Ecuadorean national team. I can’t find a way to explain what it feels like. Ecuador, my home, my place in the world! Thank you!” Galendez wrote Night Wednesday.

The naturalized Ecuadorean Argentine has been part of the tricolor team since Alvaro called him up at the last minute to replace Johan Padilla – who was diagnosed with COVID-19 – in the squad ahead of the national team’s debut in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers on October 8, 2020.

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Since then, the Rosario-born in 2021 has had the chance to protect the national goal in Ecuador’s last three commitments at the last Copa América in Brazil 2021. In addition, he stopped for the ninth World Cup date against Paraguay. . The next meeting with Chile too, but muscle discomfort forced him to leave the field of play in the 35th minute, making way for Pedro Ortiz.

Galendez’s return to the tricolor arcade occurred on Wednesday in a friendly against Mexico held in the United States.


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