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Miller Bolaños
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Bolaños celebrating for Emelec in 2015
Personal information
Full name Miller Alejandro Bolaños Reasco
Date of birth 1 June 1990 (1990-06-01) (age 31)
Place of birth Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Height 1.70 m
Playing position Striker/Midfielder
Club information
Current club Chongqing Liangjiang Athletic
(on loan from Shanghai Shenhua)
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)
2012–2013 Chivas USA (loan) 29 (3)
2013–2015 → Emelec (loan) 76 (44)
2016–2017 Grêmio 20 (3)
2017–2020 Tijuana 90 (20)
2020– Shanghai Shenhua 4 (3)
2021– → Chongqing Liangjiang Athletic (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2007 Ecuador U17
2015– Ecuador 25 (8)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 December 2020.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018

Miller Alejandro Bolaños Reasco (born 1 June 1990) is an Ecuadorian footballer who plays as a striker for Chinese Super League club Chongqing Liangjiang Athletic on loan from Shanghai Shenhua.

Club career

LDU Quito

Bolaños was born in Esmeraldas, and 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. 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 USA

On 11 January 2012 it was announced that Bolaños would be joining Chivas USA in Major League Soccer, accompanying compatriot Oswaldo Minda. 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.

Loan to Emelec

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.

Grêmio

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

International career

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.

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. In the second match, he scored from outside the penalty area, albeit in a 2–3 defeat against Bolivia. 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.

Career statistics

Club

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 Serie A 15 3 0 0 15 3
2008 Serie A 15 1 0 0 15 1
Total 37 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 4
LDU Quito 2009 Serie A 35 6 7 1 42 7
2010 Serie A 24 9 7 1 31 10
2011 Serie A 21 3 9 1 30 4
Total 80 18 0 0 23 3 0 0 103 21
Chivas USA 2012 MLS 24 3 1 0 0 0 25 3
2013 MLS 5 0 1 1 0 0 6 0
Total 29 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 31 3
Emelec 2013 Serie A 6 0 3 1 9 1
2014 Serie A 36 19 12 5 48 24
2015 Serie A 34 25 14 11 48 36
Total 76 44 0 0 29 17 0 0 105 61
Grêmio 2016 Série A 18 3 3 2 3 1 4 1 28 7
2017 Série A 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 32 9 9 1 1 0 42 10
2019–20 Liga MX 26 1 7 1 1 0 34 2
2020–21 Liga MX 4 1 4 1
Total 90 20 17 2 5 0 0 0 113 22
Shanghai Shenhua 2020 Chinese Super League 4 3 0 0 0 0 4 3
Career total 356 95 22 4 63 22 17 8 458 129

International

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

International goals

Score and Result list Ecuador's goal tally first
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

Honors

Club

LDU Quito

  • Serie A (1): 2010
  • Copa Sudamericana (1): 2009, Runner-up 2011
  • Recopa Sudamericana (2): 2009, 2010

Emelec

  • Serie A (3): 2013, 2014, 2015

Gremio

Individual

  • Serie A Best Player : 2014, 2015
  • Serie A top scorer : 2015
  • Serie A Assist Leader : 2015
  • Copa Sudamericana top scorer : 2014, 2015

Personal life

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

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