GUADALAJARA, Mexico — With first-team minutes hard to come by at Atlante, midfielder Sonny Guadarrama says he may decide by season’s end that his future lies in Major League Soccer.
“I’ve been in Mexico since I was 17 so I want to go back home and play in the MLS to see what it is like,” the Austin, Texas, native told MLSsoccer.com by phone on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old has slipped further down the depth chart at Atlante since the Cancún-based club bolstered its squad with Paraguayan international midfielder Osvaldo Martínez over the summer. With Mexico international Christian “Hobbit” Bermúdez already on the books, Guadarrama has seen just 28 minutes of first-team soccer during the Apertura 2011.
“It’s a little bit hard to get minutes in front of those players,” he admitted.
Guadarrama turned some heads when he scored four second-half goals in a recent Atlante Under-20 match, but that’s no guarantee he’ll even be on the bench when los Potros travel to Mexico City on Sunday to take on Club América, home club of Guadarrama’s good friend Edgar Castillo.
The young Texan admits that not playing — even if he does live near the pristine white sand beaches of Cancún — can only go on so long.
“At the end of the season, I’ll evaluate and see if I have an opportunity to play or whether I should seek another team,” said Guadarrama. “I think what every player wants is to have playing time throughout the season.”
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