Michael Arroyo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Arroyo and the second or maternal family name is Mina.
Michael Arroyo
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Arroyo while playing for Atlante FC
Personal information
Full name Michael Antonio Arroyo Mina
Date of birth (1987-04-23) 23 April 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Guayaquil, Ecuador
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Club America (on loan from Atlante)
Youth career
2002–2006 Emelec
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Emelec 16 (3)
2009–2010 Deportivo Quito 31 (14)
2010–2011 San Luis 42 (9)
2012–2014 Atlante 29 (12)
2012–2013 Barcelona (loan) 49 (20)
2014− America (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2007 Ecuador U-20 4 (1)
2010– Ecuador 23 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2014

Michael Antonio Arroyo Mina (Spanish pronunciation: [mitʃaˈel aˈroyo], born 23 April 1987) is an Ecuadorian footballer who currently plays for America of the Liga MX, on loan from Atlante as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]


Arroyo (el Pacho or Gambetita) started his career in the youth ranks of Emelec. He was seen as a very talented player for his age, and played 73 times for Emelec. However, in September 2007, he tested positive for marijuana shortly after a league match with Deportivo Cuenca, and was banned for 2 years from football.[1]

Deportivo Quito[edit]


He moved to the nation's capital in January 2009 to play for Deportivo Quito.[2] He made his debut three months later in a game against Liga de Portoviejo, scoring a brace in a 2–0 home win. Arroyo scored his next goal with Deportivo on May 20, in a 2–0 home win over Deportivo Cuenca. Next he scored against Manta. His fourth goal of the season came against Tecnico Universitario. A week later he scored in a 2–0 away win against Olmedo. On July 26, Michael scored the winning goal against the his old club, Emelec. Finally he scored against Macara on October 18, in a 1–0 win. He won the 2009 Ecuadorian Serie A league against Deportivo Cuenca in a 3–2 comeback, scoring 2 goals, one which was the winning goal at the 87th minute, winning his first career title. Arroyo scored 10 goals in 17 league hames played.


Arroyo began his 2010 season in a 1–1 away draw against Emelec. He scored his first goal on March 28, in a 1–1 away win against Universidad Catolica. On April 5 he scored his second, in a 2–0 home win over Macara. Goal number 3 came against Olmedo, in a 2–0 away win on April 17. On May 25 Michael scored his fourth and final goal of the season with Deportivo Quito, winning 2–1 away against Macara. After impressive displays in the Ecuadorian Serie A, he signed for San Luis de Potosi.

San Luis FC[edit]


On May 28, Arroyo was transferred to San Luis Fútbol Club of the Primera División de México after impressing them with his ability on the ball and powerful long-shot goals.;[3] His debut came on July 24, in a 1–1 draw against Monterrey. He scored goals against UAG, Querétaro, Necaxa and Toluca in the local tournament. In the next season he would go on to score his typical amazing goals against Guadalajara, Morelia, Atlas and Pachuca. In his 2011 Copa Libertadores participation with the Mexican club, he scored 2 goals against a Peruvian club, the first one a volley goal from 25 yards; he also assisted the first goal in a 3–1 home victory for San Luis FC.

Atlante FC[edit]


On November 30 he was transferred to Atlante FC. He has scored many long range goals in Ecuadorian and Mexican football. He scored a beautiful free-kick goal against his old club San Luis, which he chose not to celebrate. He also scored 3 more goals that season against Guadalajara, UAG and Chiapas. His last game with Atlante was a 0–3 loss against Mexican giants Monterrey. On the summer of 2012, he went to Barcelona SC, Ecuador's most popular football club, even though he had played for city rivals Emelec for many years. At the end of the season he was loaned back to Ecuador, to Ecuadorian giants Barcelona Sporting Club.

Loan to Barcelona SC[edit]

2012 Season[edit]

Michael Arroyo signed for Barcelona Sporting Club, Emelec's historic rival, on the summer transfer window. His debut came in a 2–1 win over his youth career club, Emelec, winning Ecuador's Clasico. Arroyo's first goal for Barcelona came in on September 19, in a 4–3 win over Chilean side Cobreloa, scoring 2 long range goals. His first two league goals for Barcelona came on September 30th against Jose Teran, in a 2–2 draw. On November 4th, Arroyo scored a goal from the penalty spot in a 5–0 home win against his old club, Emelec. On November 28, Arroyo became 2012 Serie A champion with Barcelona SC, after nearly 14 years since Barcelona last won their league title.

2013 Season[edit]

For the 2013 Ecuadorian Serie A season, Arroyo was handed the club's jersey number 7. His first match of the season came on January 26, in a 1–1 away draw against Deportivo Quevedo. On February 16, Arroyo was given a red card for punching a rival footballer in the face. On February 27, he scored his first goal the season, from the penalty spot, already losing to BOCA Juniors 2–0, to make it 2–1. Nearly a month later he scored his first league goal of the season in a 4–0 home win over Deportivo Cuenca. On April 21, Arroyo was given 2 immediate yellow cards by the referee. He was later also given a 3-match ban where he will miss important games against city rivals Emelec, LDU Quito, and Deportivo Cuenca. On his return from his 3-match ban, Arroyo scored a beautiful free-kick goal with barely an angle, winning by an amazing score-line of 6-2 against Universidad Catolica on home turf.

On July 13, he scored the lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Universidad Catolica. A week later he scored in a 3-3 draw against Deportivo Cuenca. On July 21, Arroyo scored a double to draw against LDU Quito. On September 15, Arroyo scored against Deportivo Quito, winning 2-1 away. Four days later Arroyo scored against Independiente del Valle, drawing 1-1 at home. On September 22, Michael scored the second in a 2-1 home win over Deportivo Quito.

Return to Atlante[edit]

On 2014 Michael Arroyo returned to Atlante from his loan from Barcelona SC. On March 10 Arroyo scored 4 goals against Queretaro, winning the match 4–2. He finished the 2014 Liga MX Clausura season scoring 8 goals in 16 matches played.

Loan to America[edit]

On July 11th 2011, Arroyo would be joining America on loan from Atlante.[4][5][6][7]

International career[edit]

Arroyo played for the Ecuador U-20 side in the South American Youth Championship 2007. He scored a goal in Ecuador's 3–1 win against Venezuela. On May 8, 2010 Arroyo received his first call up to the national team and started and played 90 minutes against Mexico, being named man of the match before being subbed out.[8][9] He scored his first goal for the major Ecuador national football team on May 28, 2011 against Mexico. The match finished 1–1. Arroyo scored an impressive long-range shot against England coming in as a 2nd half substitute for Jefferson Montero. In the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Switzerland at 3:12 of added time he had an open shot on goal to seal a win for Ecuador and chose to stop and control the ball giving defenders time to close and block his shot. On the immediate counter attack Switzerland scored a goal sealing a win and 3 points.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Final Competition
1 May 28, 2011 Seattle, United States  Mexico 1–1 1–1 International friendly
2 June 1, 2011 Toronto, Canada  Canada 1–2 2–2 International friendly
3 June 4, 2014 Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida, United States  England 2–2 2–2 International friendly

Career statistics[edit]

As of 31 December 2013
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Emelec 2007 ? ? ? 1 ? 1
2008 16 3 16 3
Total 16 3 ? 1 16 4
Deportivo Quito 2009 17 10 17 10
2010 14 4 6 1 20 5
Total 31 14 6 1 37 15
San Luis FC 2010–11 15 5 15 5
2011–12 27 4 6 3 33 7
Total 42 9 6 3 48 12
Atlante FC 2011–12 16 4 16 4
Total 32 12 32 12
Barcelona SC 2012 13 6 4 2 17 8
2013 36 11 5 1 41 12
Total 49 17 9 3 58 20
Atlante FC 2013–14 16 8 16 8
Total 32 12 32 12
Career total 170 55 21 8 191 63



Deportivo Quito

Barcelona SC


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