Juan Cordova | “I felt I had hit the ceiling”: the great leap of a national team in Chile

The stay of Juan Córdova (27) in Huachipato came to an end. After five years in Talcahuano, the Chilean-Canadian winger decided to find a way out. The footballer believes he has completed a cycle. “I felt like I hit the ceiling”, confesses in dialogue with AS. As a steelmaker, the man born in Los Andes played 110 games and provided seven assists.

– How do you feel about leaving the club you defended for five years?

– You can always draw a positive balance, beyond the fact that you have had super bad moments such as fighting the relegation, descending and then saving yourself due to the Melipilla issue. I am left with the five years that I was there, with the international cups that I was able to play, with my teammates and with the technical staff that I had to have. I try to look at the positive side of things. The time in Huachipato was quite good and it helped me a lot to take my first steps in the First Division and to be able to reach the Canadian National Team.

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– Did you comply in Huachipato or do you feel that you were behind on something?

– I always gave my best in every training session and in every game. Obviously I would have liked to have competed more in the sense of the team, to have achieved more things. Fighting a tournament, with better participations… But already taking a total balance, I remain calm. I felt that at this moment I had reached the ceiling in Huachipato and I needed to get out of there in order to grow.

– What’s coming for you? Is it true that you could go to Unión Española?

– I haven’t received anything concrete from Unión, only rumors, but I’m almost signed to a pretty good team in the First Division of Chile. I had offers from abroad, but I prioritized sports.

– When could that be made official?

– I think this week.