Amado Guevara

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Amado Guevara
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Guevara playing for Toronto FC in 2008
Personal information
Full name Amado Guevara
Date of birth (1976-05-02) 2 May 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Youth career
1992–1993 Olimpia
1993–1994 Motagua
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2000 Motagua 140 (47)
1995–1996 Real Valladolid (loan) 8 (0)
2000–2001 Toros Neza 26 (7)
2001–2002 Zacatepec 16 (2)
2002 Saprissa 19 (9)
2003–2006 New York Red Bulls[1] 103 (32)
2007–2008 Chivas USA 4 (0)
2007–2008 Motagua (loan) 21 (5)
2008–2009 Toronto FC 46 (9)
2010–2013 Motagua 113 (20)
2014– Marathón 2 (0)
National team
1995 Honduras U-20
1994–2010 Honduras 138 (27)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 June 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 June 2010

Amado Guevara (born 2 May 1976) is a Honduran football player who plays for C.D. Marathón in the Honduran Liga Nacional.

He is the all-time cap leader for the Honduran national team.[2]

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Guevara, nicknamed El Lobo, began his career in Honduras with Olimpia and Motagua, and subsequently played all over the world: in Spain with Real Valladolid, in Mexico with Toros Neza and CD Zacatepec, and in Costa Rica with Saprissa.

He was signed by the MetroStars of Major League Soccer on 11 April 2003, and immediately stepped in and produced. Although he finished the season with only three goals and ten assists (he added another goal in the playoffs), he became the focal point of the team; they were successful when the offense flowed through him. Guevara added four key goals and two assists in the U.S. Open Cup, leading the MetroStars to the first final of any sort in the team's history.

Guevara tallied ten goals (six on penalties) and ten assists in his second season. Guevara not only tied for the league lead in scoring, he was also named MLS's MVP. In 2005, he produced another solid season for the Metros, with 11 goals and 11 assists, and added a goal in the playoffs.

In early 2006, a conflict arose between Guevara and the MetroStars. The club allowed him to train with CD Motagua, but Guevara played for the Honduran club in a number of friendly matches, which might or might not have been permitted. Guevara lashed out in the Honduran press at the Metros' GM Alexi Lalas, but the two patched things up and Guevara remained in New York for the 2006 season. He received his green card in March 2006, thus no longer counting as a foreign player in MLS. During the last game of the re-branded New York Red Bulls season, Guevara scored a hat trick helping them win 3–2 and reach the playoffs.

Following the 2006 season, Guevara was traded to Chivas USA in exchange for a designated player slot. After playing just four games for the club, Chivas USA coach Preki told MLSnet.com that "I have a vision of where the club is going and [Guevara's] not part of it." This comment came following consistently poor performance on the field and an incident in which Guevara was sent off for pushing an assistant referee. Attempts to deal the midfielder to Toronto FC, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, and Columbus Crew were all shot down by Guevara. Guevara then accepted a loan move to his former club Motagua for the remainder of the 2007 season. He quickly recovered the form that made him a star in the US top flight, leading the Honduran club to the Central American Club Championship Copa Interclubes UNCAF 2007 defeating regional and Costa Rican giant Saprissa 2–1 on aggregate on 5 December 2007.

On 9 April 2008, Guevara was traded to Toronto FC for a 2009 and 2010 draft pick. He made his debut for Toronto FC in his new team's first win of the 2008 season, assisting Danny Dichio for the first goal of the game against the Los Angeles Galaxy. On 3 August 2008, Guevara was shown a straight red card by referee Baldomero Toledo after allegedly elbowing FC Dallas player Pablo Ricchetti in the face. The elbow drew blood, and Guevara was immediately thrown from the game. He received a 2 game suspension. While at TFC Guevara quickly became a fan favourite and was known for his darting runs, and spectacular free kicks. Guevara performed consistently well while in Toronto scoring a total of 9 goals over the course of the season, including 2 in the Canadian Championship. Guevara left Toronto to return to Honduran side Motagua in December 2009.[3]

In the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League, Motagua was drawn against his former team, Toronto FC, in the preliminary round. Despite Guevara scoring two goals in the home leg, Motagua was eliminated 3–2 on aggregate.[4]

In January 2013, el Lobo scored his 64th goal for Motagua, only 4 short of Óscar Hernández' 68 and 13 short of the club's all-time record goalscorer Ángel Obando.[5]

International[edit]

He made his debut for Honduras in an May 1994 Miami Cup match against Peru and has earned a total of 138 caps, scoring 27 goals. He has represented his country in 49 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[6] and played at 5 UNCAF Nations Cups as well as at the 1998,[7] 2000[8] and 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[9]

His final international was a June 2010 FIFA World Cup match against eventual winners Spain.

He was named the tournament MVP after leading Honduras to a surprise third place finish in the 2001 Copa America. The Honduran team (a last minute call-up when Argentina dropped out a day before kickoff on 11 July 2001) arrived after the tournament started, just few hours before its first game with barely enough players. In the quarterfinal round, Honduras defeated Brazil (the favorite to win the tournament) by a score of 2–0. The defeat sent the Brazilians home and the Hondurans advanced to the semifinals.

Guevara helped lead Honduras through the qualification to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and captained the team at only their second appearance at a World Cup tournament.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Honduras' goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 April 1997 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala  Panama 5–0 5–0 1997 UNCAF Nations Cup
2. 19 March 1999 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica  Belize 3–1 5–1 1999 UNCAF Nations Cup
3. 16 December 1999 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Zambia 5–1 7–1 Friendly match
4. 16 December 1999 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Zambia 6–1 7–1 Friendly match
5. 16 August 2000 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3–0 6–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 21 March 2001 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Chile 2–1 3–1 Friendly match
7. 16 June 2001 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Trinidad and Tobago 4–1 4–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 1 July 2001 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Costa Rica 1–2 2–3 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 1 July 2001 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Costa Rica 2–2 2–3 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 16 July 2001 Atanasio Girardot, Medellín, Colombia  Bolivia 1–0 2–0 2001 Copa América
11. 16 July 2001 Atanasio Girardot, Medellín, Colombia  Bolivia 2–0 2–0 2001 Copa América
12. 19 July 2001 Atanasio Girardot, Medellín, Colombia  Uruguay 1–0 1–0 2001 Copa América
13. 23 February 2003 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Guatemala 1–2 1–2 2003 UNCAF Nations Cup
14. 2 April 2003 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Paraguay 1–0 1–1 Friendly match
15. 19 June 2004 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Netherlands Antilles 1–0 4–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
16. 18 August 2004 Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela, Costa Rica  Costa Rica 3–2 5–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
17. 4 September 2004 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Canada 1–1 1–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
18. 8 September 2004 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Guatemala 1–2 2–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
19. 2 June 2007 Estadio Francisco Morazán, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Trinidad and Tobago 2–1 3–1 Friendly match
20. 8 June 2007 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, USA  Panama 1–1 2–3 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
21. 13 June 2007 Reliant Stadium, Houston, USA  Cuba 5–0 5–0 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
22. 6 February 2008 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Paraguay 1–0 2–0 Friendly match
23. 7 June 2008 Estadio Nilmo Edwards, La Ceiba, Honduras  Haiti 3–0 3–1 Friendly match
24. 10 September 2008 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Jamaica 2–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
25. 18 January 2009 Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, USA  Chile 2–0 2–0 Friendly match
26. 22 January 2009 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Belize 1–0 2–1 1997 UNCAF Nations Cup
27. 5 September 2009 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Trinidad and Tobago 3–0 4–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Career statistics[edit]

[1]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2003 MetroStars Major League Soccer 25 3
2004 24 10
2005 26 11
2006 New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer 28 8
2007 Chivas USA Major League Soccer 4 0
2008 Toronto FC Major League Soccer 21 4
2009 Toronto FC Major League Soccer 24 5
Total USA/Canada 143 41
Career total 143 41

Honours and awards[edit]

Club[edit]

C.D. Motagua
New York Red Bulls
Toronto FC

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Preki
Major League Soccer MVP Award
2004
Succeeded by
Taylor Twellman