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Miller Alejandro Bolaños Reasco (born 1 June 1990 in Esmeraldas) is an Ecuadorian footballer who plays as a Striker for Tijuana of the Liga MX on loan from Grêmio.

Miller Bolaños
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Bolaños celebrating for Emelec in 2015
Personal information
Full name Miller Alejandro Bolaños Reasco
Date of birth (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker/Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tijuana
Number 23
Youth career
2003–2006 Caribe Junior
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Barcelona SC 37 (4)
2009–2013 LDU Quito 80 (18)
2012–2013Chivas USA (loan) 29 (3)
2013–2015Emelec (loan) 76 (44)
2016– Grêmio 20 (3)
2017–Tijuana (loan) 42 (11)
National team
2007 Ecuador U17
2015– Ecuador 25 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 05:45, 06 January 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018

Contents

Club careerEdit

LDU QuitoEdit

Bolaños began his career in the youth ranks of Caribe Junior. In 2006, he joined Barcelona SC and made his professional debut the same year. In 2009 the promising forward was transferred to LDU Quito. On 29 August 2009 in a 4–0 win over LDU Portoviejo, Bolaños scored the 2,500th goal in LDU Quito's history.[1] He was an important player for LDU Quito during the most glorious period of the club's history as he helped the Ecuadorian club capture the 2010 Serie A title,2009 Copa Sudamericana, and the 2009 and 2010 Recopa Sudamericana.

Loan to Chivas USAEdit

On 11 January 2012 it was announced that Bolaños would be joining Chivas USA in Major League Soccer, accompanying compatriot Oswaldo Minda.[2] On 18 July, he scored his first MLS goal against the Portland Timbers at The Home Depot Center, finishing a Ryan Smith pass for the only goal of the game in the 16th minute.[3]

Loan to EmelecEdit

Miller joined Emelec by loan on the summer of 2013. Though Miller only played 5 league games, he won the 2013 Ecuadorian Serie A season. Miller scored 19 league-goals in 36 games, including 2 goals in the season final match against club-rivals Barcelona SC, winning the 2014 Ecuadorian Serie A. Miller Bolaños became top Striker goal-scorer in the 2014 Copa Sudamericana with 5 goals. During the 2013 season he noticeably formed a successful striking partnership with Denis Stracqualursi which was known affectionately as Straq-Bol by Emelec fans. This was a play on words of Spag-Bol, the Italian pasta dish.

GrêmioEdit

On 7 February 2016, it was confirmed that Miller would play for Grêmio.[4]

International careerEdit

Bolaños represented Ecuador at various youth levels. He participated in the 2007 South American Under-17 Football Championship, helping Ecuador to a 5–4 victory over Brazil.

Bolaños made his debut for Ecuador on 28 March 2015 in a match against Mexico, playing all 90 minutes of the game. Three days later he went on to score his first goal, equalising in a 2–1 friendly loss to Argentina in New Jersey.[5]

Bolaños was selected for the 2015 Copa América in Chile, his first major international tournament. In the opening game against the hosts at the Estadio Nacional, he fouled Arturo Vidal, who consequently scored the first goal of the tournament from the penalty spot as his team defeated Ecuador 2–0.[6] In the second match, he scored from outside the penalty area, albeit in a 2–3 defeat against Bolivia.[7] In the third match in Rancagua, he opened the scoring in a 2–1 victory over Mexico which eliminated the opponents, also setting up the second for Enner Valencia.[8]

International goalsEdit

Score and Result list Ecuador's goal tally first[9]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 April 2015 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, United States   Argentina
1–1
1–2
Friendly
2. 6 June 2015 Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil, Ecuador   Panama
1–0
4–0
Friendly
3. 15 June 2015 Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander, Valparaíso, Chile   Bolivia
2–3
2–3
2015 Copa América
4. 19 June 2015 Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua, Chile   Mexico
1–0
2–1
2015 Copa América
5. 8 September 2015 Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador   Honduras
2–0
2–0
Friendly
6. 13 October 2015 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador   Bolivia 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 8 June 2016 University of Phoenix, Glendale, United States   Peru 2–2 2–2 Copa América Centenario
8. 15 November 2016 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador   Venezuela
2–0
3–0
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 23 August 2018
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona SC 2006 Serie A 7 0 0 0 7 0
2007 15 3 0 0 15 3
2008 15 1 0 0 15 1
Total 37 4 0 0 37 4
LDU Quito 2009 Serie A 35 6 7 1 42 7
2010 24 9 7 1 31 10
2011 21 3 9 1 30 4
Total 80 18 23 3 103 21
Chivas USA 2012 MLS 24 3 1 0 0 0 25 3
2013 5 0 1 1 0 0 6 0
Total 29 3 2 0 0 0 31 3
Emelec 2013 Serie A 6 0 3 1 9 1
2014 36 19 12 5 48 24
2015 34 25 14 11 48 36
Total 76 44 29 17 105 61
Grêmio 2016 Série A 18 3 3 2 3 1 4 1 28 7
2017 2 0 0 0 3 1 13 7 18 8
Total 20 3 3 2 6 2 17 8 46 15
Tijuana 2017–18 Liga MX 28 9 1 0 4 0 33 9
2018–19 Liga MX 3 1 2 1 0 0 5 2
Total 31 10 3 1 4 0 38 11
Career total 273 82 8 4 62 22 17 8 360 115

National teamEdit

As of 20 November 2018
Ecuador national team
Year Apps Goals
2015 12 6
2016 7 2
2017 1 0
2018 5 0
Total 25 8

HonorsEdit

ClubEdit

LDU Quito

Emelec

Gremio

IndividualEdit

Personal lifeEdit

His older brother is Álex Bolaños, also a midfielder. He too represented Barcelona and LDU among others, and played internationally for their country.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bolaños scores 2,500th goal for LDU
  2. ^ Bolaños joins Chivas
  3. ^ "Recap: Bolanos nets for Chivas as Portland falter again". Major League Soccer. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Miller Bolaños happy to join Grêmio after turning down the chance to go to China". Samba Foot. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  5. ^ Fenn, Alec (31 March 2015). "Argentina 2-1 Ecuador: Pastore the hero in Messi's absence". Goal.com. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Vidal and Vargas lead hosts Chile to opening Copa América victory". The Guardian. 12 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Miler Bolaños anotó golazo desde fuera del área a Bolivia" [Miler Bolaños scored a wondergoal from outside the area against Bolivia]. El Comercio (in Spanish). 15 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Mexico 1-2 Ecuador: Copa America ends in disaster for El Tri". Goal.com. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Bolaños, Miler". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 16 June 2015.

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