Patricio Urrutia

  • Born: (Ventanas, Ventanas Canton, Los Ríos Province, Ecuador)

Patricio Javier Urrutia Espinoza, nicknamed Pato, is a retired Ecuadorian politician and professional footballer.

Urrutia was first called up to the national team on November 17, 2004 in a 2006 World Cup qualifying match against Brazil in Quito. He was chosen to be part of Ecuador's team in the World Cup games in Germany 2006. His appointment to the Ecuadorian squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup raised a few eyebrows, as he had not made an appearance for them in months. He made his FIFA World Cup debut as a substitute for Agustín Delgado in the 2006 World Cup games against Poland and Costa Rica, where they won 2–0 and 3–0 respectively, securing a historic qualification to the round of sixteen. This was the best result yet for Ecuador in their World Cup history He was also called up for the 2007 Copa América. He scored the only goal of the game in a friendly match against Bolivia from the penalty spot on August 22, 2007. Since those tournaments, he has been regularly been called up to the squad and has become a major player in the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.


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