Gonzalo Pineda

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Gonzalo Pineda
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Personal information
Full name Gonzalo Pineda Reyes
Date of birth (1982-10-19) October 19, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Seattle Sounders FC
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 UNAM 63 (1)
2006–2009 Guadalajara 128 (5)
2010 San Luis 14 (1)
2010–2011 Cruz Azul 35 (1)
2011–2012 Puebla 31 (1)
2012–2013 Querétaro 27 (1)
2014– Seattle Sounders FC 28 (3)
National team
2004–2008 Mexico 44 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 2, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Pineda and the second or maternal family name is Reyes.

Gonzalo Pineda Reyes (born October 19, 1982) is a Mexican international footballer. He currently plays as a defensive midfielder for Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer.

Biography[edit]

Pineda made his professional debut in the Mexican Division in 2002-2003 season playing for UNAM Pumas in a 0-1 defeat against Morelia. Gonzalo is known as an excellent marker and for his powerful left foot. He helped UNAM to the Clausura and Apertura titles in 2004.

In the 2005-2006 Season, Pineda was transferred to Chivas de Guadalajara. Pineda was a notable starter in his first season with Chivas. However, in Apertura 2006 he had a difficult season, starting as a substitute for Juan Pablo Rodriguez and rumors rose that he might walk out of Chivas after the season since he wasn't playing. He was quoted by the press saying that he had not enough level to be playing for Chivas. Eventually, after bad performances by Rodriguez, Pineda made it to the starting lineup again and proved that he was worthy of the starting team. He played well the remainder of the games and eventually became champion for the third time in his career. Gonzalo's solid skills in the midfield and his consistent performances had earned him an indisputable spot with Chivas.

After the Clausura 2008, Chivas put Pineda in their summer transfer list. As of June 17, 2008 Pineda was due to play the Apertura 2008 with Atlante F.C.; however, he made it clear that he would not leave Chivas and remained with the team. Gonzalo was sent on a 6 month loan with San Luis for the Torneo Bicentenario in 2010. In his debut for San Luis he got a red card in the 39th minute and was suspended for three games.

On May 24, 2010, the press revealed that Pineda would play for Cruz Azul in The Centenario 2010 Tournament,which was confirmed by Sport Director Alberto Quintano. In one season at the club Pineda made 35 appearances and scored one goal. Pineda played two seasons with Puebla F.C. on loan in 2011 and in 2012 went on loan to Queretaro F.C.. In 2013, after his loan deal expired, he went into free agency after not finding a new club.

Following his release, Pineda joined Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer on a preseason trial. He signed with the club on March 5, 2014.[1]

International career[edit]

Gonzalo Pineda was part of the Mexican Olympic football team, which exited in the first round, having finished third in group A, below group winners Mali and South Korea.

Pineda made his international debut for the senior Mexican national team against Trinidad & Tobago on September 8, 2004 in Mexico's qualification matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

He played mainly as a substitute in ten of Mexico's qualification matches for the 2006 World Cup and played five games in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany, where he converted a "panenka" penalty kick against Argentina. In June 2006, He was selected by coach Ricardo Lavolpe, to be part of the 23 man Mexican squad to play in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Tournament in Germany. He started in Mexico's first three World Cup games.

Pineda was once again called to the Mexican national team during Hugo Sánchez's tenure as coach. He played for Mexico in Copa América 2007.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. July 17, 2005 Reliant Stadium, Houston, United States  Colombia 1–1 1–2 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

UNAM
Guadalajara
Seattle Sounders FC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Depth charge: Seattle Sounders add Mexico World Cup veteran Gonzalo Pineda". MLSsoccer.com. March 5, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 

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