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Cosmos midfielder David Diosa and Minnesota United defender

Cosmos midfielder David Diosa and Minnesota United defender Justin Davischase the ball during the second half of a game at Hofstra University's Shuart Stadium on Monday, May 12, 2014. Credit: Brad Penner

After sitting on the bench for virtually the entire 2013 North American Soccer League season, 22-year-old Cosmos midfielder David Diosa finally is getting an opportunity to play.

The Colombia native and former Martin Luther King H.S. standout has acquitted himself well since coming on as a sub in the 1-0 win over Minnesota United May 12. Diosa, the first graduate of the Cosmos Academy to play with the club, hopes to be in the starting lineup when the Cosmos (4-2, 12 points) host the Indy Eleven at Shuart Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The second-place side needs to win its last three games of the spring season and hope first-place Minnesota (5-1, 15) drops one, to capture the title and clinch a playoff berth (the other three spots will be decided in the fall season).

How tough was it for you sitting and watching?

It's always difficult when you're not getting playing time. You want to play. You've got to have patience. The coach is always talking to you, 'You've got to have patience and your time will come.' Right now I think I am doing good. I am getting more playing time. Hopefully, I will keep working hard . . . I felt a little nervous in my first game. I'm feeling more confident.

Was being patient one off the biggest things you've learned about soccer and life?

Being patient is important, but you've got to work hard, too. You've got to work hard for what you want. Nothing in life is guaranteed. Right now, yes I'm starting, but it's not guaranteed. I've got to keep working and keep growing because . . . there's a lot of competition here.

What was it like playing in front of families and friends at Hofstra?

That was exciting, too. My mom . . . told me she was happy. I know they were all proud of me. In front of my friends, too. It was cool.

What sort of feedback have you gotten from the coaches?

They told me I did good. I was ready. But of course, there are some mistakes that I've got to correct and a lot of stuff I have to get better on. But there's always space to grow.

What was your transition like moving here when you moved to the U.S. at the age of 10?

I didn't know the language. That was the hard thing. I was with a team with a lot of [local] kids. They didn't speak Spanish. I learned from them and from school.

What do you think the team's chances are of catching Minnesota?

I'm just worried about us getting three points, win our three games left. Whatever happens with Minnesota, happens. Hopefully, we get the title.

How excited are you about Colombia participating in the World Cup?

A lot. We haven't been there for a while. Every Colombian is excited. Hopefully we'll do well. We have a good team. [Radamel] Falcao, the star of the team, might not be there [due to injury], but there's a lot of good players.

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