José Cancela

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Cancela and the second or maternal family name is Durán.
José Cancela
Personal information
Full name José Carlos Cancela Durán
Date of birth (1976-06-25) June 25, 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Santa Lucía, Uruguay
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2000 Peñarol 43 (2)
2000–2001 Puebla 17 (1)
2001–2002 Cruz Azul
2002–2003 Deportivo Saprissa 21 (6)
2003–2006 New England Revolution 90 (7)
2007 Colorado Rapids 11 (1)
2008 Fénix 9 (1)
2008–2009 Liberia Mia 29 (2)
2009–2012 Herediano 90 (26)
2012–2013 Deportivo Saprissa 34 (8)
2013– Herediano 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 September 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

José Carlos Cancela Durán (born June 25, 1976 in Santa Lucía, Uruguay) is a Uruguayan soccer player who plays attacking midfielder for A.D. Belén in Costa Rica. He is nicknamed "Pepe".

Before joining the Colorado Rapids, Cancela played the preseason with Toronto FC but was traded to the Denver-based club the day before the regular season began. Cancela played for Peñarol, Cruz Azul, Deportivo Saprissa, and the New England Revolution. He had to leave Saprissa, despite being loved by their fans, because of the rule implemented by the "Morados" after 2003, by which they could only use Costa Rican players in their team.

Cancela joined the Revolution in July 2003, and immediately added an attacking flair not often seen in MLS. He immediately slotted into the starting lineup, and finished the season with a goal and seven assists in 13 games. Cancela struggled a little in his second year, as Clint Dempsey emerged as a competitor for the attacking midfield position, but finished the year with three goals and ten assists in 25 games. He scored two goals and five assists in 2005.

After the 2006 season, Cancela was taken by Toronto FC in the 2006 MLS Expansion Draft, but dealt to the Colorado Rapids in April of the following year in exchange for a Youth International slot to be held by Toronto until 2009. He was waived by the Rapids before the 2008 season.

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