Independiente del Valle – Match Report vs. SD Aucas 18-11-2020

Independiente del Valle dropped points for the fifth time in six matches after conceding a last-minute equalizer from Janus Vivar. The Ecuadorian giants set up in a 4-3-3 and gave away a lot of space between the lines and in behind as the defenders of Independiente del Valle weren’t the quickest. This led to an early goal for Aucas after Alvarado tackled his opponent as he was too slow, but he gave away a penalty when doing so. Independiente del Valle equalized after Jhon Espinoza made a mistake, but it all went wrong when Montaño got a red card after stepping on Cazares his leg and it was even worse when Aucas scored the 2-1. They fought back and scored the 2-2 and 2-3 but in the last minute, Janus Vivar scored the equalizer. Quinones got a red card for Aucas early in the second half as well.


  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, re-watch
  • D – Below average in this match

Jhon Sánchez

  • Nationality: Ecuadorian
  • Age: 21
  • Date of birth: 30/07/1999
  • Current Club: Independiente del Valle
  • Career: CD Sandino (Y), Manta FC (Y, L), Manta FC (Y), Independiente del Valle (Y), Independiente del Valle
  • Position: right winger
  • Secondary Position: left winger
  • Preferred foot: right

Jhon Sánchez played as the right winger in the match against SD Aucas. He switched sides with Bryan Garcia a lot of times. He was very anonymous throughout the game and only showed himself when he was frustrated towards his teammates or himself. Sánchez occasionally dropped deep, offering support for the build-up but did this only a few times and mainly played quite high up the pitch. The Ecuadorian youngster struggled to get past his direct opponent as he tried to do stepovers quite often but failed to do them quickly enough to put his opponent on the wrong foot. He sometimes stopped his runs quite prematurely while there was space to dive into and looked frustrated when Ortiz played the through pass to him. Sánchez missed three chances from close range as well. He missed one ball, missed a header from close range and missed a shot as he was too wild when he needed to shoot with his left foot.

Rating – C

I gave him an A2 and A1 rating earlier I think, but he did not impress today and his ability in front of goal was very, very poor which is a reoccurring theme which makes me questioning his future.

William Pacho

  • Nationality: Ecuadorian
  • Age: 19
  • Date of birth: 16-09-2001
  • Club: Independiente del Valle
  • Career: Independiente del Valle
  • Position: Centre Back
  • Preferred foot: Left

William Pacho played as the left central defender for Independiente del Valle in the match against SD Aucas and failed to impress me. He tried to defend very proactively and stepped out of the defensive line a lot. This mostly led to him being out of position as he often did not recover possession. His long legs did help in some situations to intercept the ball, but in some situations he got turned as he couldn’t turn as quickly as his opponent. However, he sometimes did well to force the opponent backwards in these situations. When Aucas got the penalty, Pacho should have scanned which would lead to him seeing that an opponent made a run in behind. He could then at least try to cut he passing lane.

The Ecuadorian youngster looked complacent and very passive when defending and seem to lack energy to always scan and be active in trying to cut passing lane. You always need to be alert, especially when you defend with a high defensive line and Pacho reacted late to most runs in behind which was a huge part of Aucas their danger in this match. The only times that he scanned well was when the ball was on the wing before a cross was being put in. However, in this certain situation he was too late and lost the aerial duel. On the ball, he looked really confident but was not really progressive as he didn’t pass the ball into the midfield in the match and he did not dribble it out from the back at all.

Rating: B2

Can become a strong player at this level but I haven’t seen a lot of potential in this game.

I also watched Bryan Garcia but did not make enough notes on him to include him in the match report. Angelo Preciado also is an U23 player but have already covered him plenty of times.

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