VANCOUVER, B.C. – Camilo has been the definition of a team player in recent times, accepting a substitute’s role for the Vancouver Whitecaps despite being one of the side’s most talented individuals.
The crafty Brazilian was the club’s player of the year in its 2011 inaugural season, but has been restricted to 42 minutes from the club’s first three matches, coming off the bench twice. There are many players in world soccer who would kick up a fuss, but the 24-year-old attacker is biding his time and waiting for an opportunity to give head coach Martin Rennie no choice but to play him.
He came agonizingly close to opening his account last weekend against the Houston Dynamo, cracking an 83rd-minute free kick, which remarkably hit both posts without going in.
“It’s the coaches decision,” Camilo commented when asked about his use as a substitute following a training session at the University of British Columbia on Thursday. “I have to wait and work very hard. When I get an opportunity I have to do well.”
The wily forward admitted it hasn’t been easy though, but he’s hoping his patience will be rewarded.
“Of course, it’s always not good to stay on the bench,” Camilo said. “I hope I can start soon.”
Camilo says he hasn’t been pushing Rennie for playing time verbally, saying the coach is already aware of the fact.
“No, everyone wants a chance,” Camilo said. “He knows. He knows what I can do on the field, he knows what I can do in training.”
Rennie wasn’t giving anything away about what his attacking group will look like on Saturday away to Chivas USA beyond suggesting that Kenny Miller, back from international duty with Scotland, is likely to play a role off the bench, but stated Camilo is in his thoughts.
“It’s not difficult to see him as a starter,” Rennie said. “Each game we have to look at who we want to start and who we want to bring on, and we’ll have to do that. We haven’t decided on that yet, but obviously Camilo’s in contention.”
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