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Carlos Ascues is a Peruvian international who was part of the 2015 team that ended in third place at the 2015 Copa America. He is currently a centre-back/defensive midfielder for Orlando City in Major League Soccer.
Our own Diego Montalvan spoke to Ascues regarding his arrival to Orlando, how the move came together, Yoshimar Yotun and the possibility of him wearing La Blanquirroja again.
First of all, thank you for your time. I want to talk about the present. How do you feel in Orlando? Are you getting used to it?
Well, hello to all, thank you for the invitation. Yes I’m happy being here, it’s a great group. They’ve received me in the best way. I am here with a teammate of mine, Yotun. He’s Peruvian as well, he’s been supporting me and I am now learning the language, English.
How much has Yoshimar Yotun helped you?
He’s helped me a lot. His support has been unconditional for me to keep being here.
And your arrival to Orlando City; there were rumours that other clubs wanted you. Were there other offers, yes or no? How is it that you ended up in Orlando City?
Yes there were other offers but I spoke with Yoshi, he told me it was a good team, with good players and that they wanted to fight for something good so I decided to come here.
What do you miss about Perú?
Above everything, I miss my family, my kids, and of course the food.
Now I want to talk to you about the national team and the possibility of you returning. Do you think there can be a chance now that you’re at Orlando City, you’re playing well and getting playing time?
Yes. I think there’s always a chance to return to your national team but I think that having minutes and playing for your team can open the door.
Have you had the opportunity to talk to Ricardo Gareca or anyone from the coaching staff?
I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to them but before I came here they congratulated me for coming here to this big club, to keep working hard that they’re watching me.
How do you see the team right now, the national team? Do you think you could add anything extra to the national team, based on how they’re playing?
Well, they’re playing great, at a high level. I think if I have the opportunity to come back, I will have to be on the same level as my teammates or higher so that I can bring something extra.
Were you able to see the match against Chile? What did you think of Perú?
Yes, it was impressive. We gave them a “dance”… as we say a “dance” (chuckles). Everyone played well. There were no errors. I’m happy for them and because I’m Peruvian.
Thank you, Carlos. I wish you the best.
You can listen to the interview below (en español).