“I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity given to me early on in the season,” Estrada said. “In my first start, to get a goal is really big for me -- not only for the team, but for myself, too. … I didn’t really read too much into (it being the first game). It was more coming out here and trying to show the coaches and fans that I can play here. And, luckily, things went my way.”
Coach Schmid didn’t see it as luck.“I’m so happy for David because it’s been a lot of years of work,” Schmid said. “… Nobody works harder. Nobody wants it more. For him to get the goal, to play in this game, to score against Santos Laguna, being a guy who was born in Mexico – I think was huge for him.”
More from each:ESTRADA on the adjustments he’s made and potentially having a breakout year) “Just trying to prepare myself before each training, before each game. I thank my teammates--Fredy [Montero], [Osvaldo] Alonso, Mauro Rosales, Leo Gonzalez--all the guys that kind of guide me through preseason. Thanks to them.” SCHMID: I thought David Estrada did a lot of work and opened up a lot of spaces for us. I was pleased with what we did early on.”
I’ve always felt when I saw him play as a freshman at UCLA that he’s a very talented, gifted forward and for some reason over the three years at UCLA he became a midfielder somehow. We sort of drafted him with the thought that he could be a forward again and he wasn’t comfortable with that anymore, so we ended up playing him in different places. But at the start of this season we decided let’s let him go back up there again.