Plata will join La Tri for CONMEBOL qualifiers at Chile on Oct. 5 and at home vs. Argentina on Oct. 10, the final two rounds of South America’s qualifying process for Russia 2018.
Recibiendo con mucha felicidad e ilusión esta convocatoria. A seguir trabajando que esto recién empieza 🇪🇨 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/ZfSt9YShFM— Joao Plata (@JoaoPlata10) September 25, 2017
It’s a well-earned reward for a solid 2017 campaign in which Plata has scored seven goals (making him RSL’s co-leading scorer alongside Yura Movsisyan) and five assists to fuel the Claret-and-Cobalt’s late run at a playoff spot.
“I take this call-up with humility and much responsibility. I feel happy to be able to don the jersey of my national team again,” Plata told Radio Atalaya.
“I have a great responsibility to defend the colors of my country. For me personally, the most beautiful thing is to wear the shirt of your national team. I am very happy and so is my family. Any time there’s a united group, it’s always a joy to work.”
Ecuador sit in eighth place in South America’s 10-team round-robin qualification setup, leaving them on the outside looking in as the road to Russia winds down.