After a failed year-long stint with America, Andres Chitiva is trying to resurrect his career with Atlas.Andres Chitiva was a spark plug for Pachuca earlier this decade but now has been trying to latch on to several different clubs.
His latest attempt at resurrecting his career will come with Atlas, as Chitiva joined the Guadalajara club for the Bicentenario 2010 campaign.
"I'm here to fight for a spot, to fight for my continuity," Chitiva said during his introductory press conference. "That's what I've been missing lately."
Chitiva, 30, was a standout for Pachuca from the Verano 2001 season through the Clausura 2008 campaign and helped Pachuca win four league titles during that span. He scored 37 goals for los Tuzos in both league and playoff matches and was an integral part of the attack.
But following the Clausura '08 season he moved to Indios, where he played just 872 minutes, then his career low. He then spent two fruitless seasons with America, where he totaled just 172 minutes over two campaigns, scoring one goal.
His time with America ended after the Apertura '09 season.
"I'd talked to America's people and I know that I hadn't had many opportunities, that the whole situation was complicated," Chitiva said. "I spoke with Chucho (Ramirez) and he asked me what I wanted, and I told him that if a good opportunity came along I'd like to move on. So, between everyone we were able to come to an agreement and I'm very happy to be here."
After playing just 12 regular-season games in all of 2009, Chitiva said he hopes to move past the frustration such a low amount of playing time brings.
"It's very frustrating to want to play but not have the chance," Chitiva said. "But I have to forget about that, and try to take this new opportunity I have. That's what I have in front of me. This is a club that likes to play the game and we have a lot of desire to play attacking football."
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