Vicente Matías Vuoso

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Matías Vuoso
Personal information
Full name Vicente José Matías Vuoso
Date of birth (1981-11-03) 3 November 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Mar Del Plata, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Chiapas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Independiente 65 (14)
2002–2003 Manchester City 0 (0)
2003–2006 Santos Laguna 102 (57)
2006 América 20 (5)
2007–2010 Santos Laguna 124 (37)
2010–2012 América 63 (22)
2012– Atlas 54 (10)
2014- Chiapas (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2008– Mexico 10 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Vicente José Matías Vuoso (born 3 November 1981) is a Mexican footballer who currently plays as a striker for Chiapas of the Liga MX.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Matías Vuoso began his career in Argentina with Independiente. Playing alongside Diego Forlán, Vicente scored seven goals in 29 games for Independiente in 2000–01 and another seven in 35 games in 2001–02. He left the Argentenian club in June 2002 to sign with English club Manchester City, joining for £3.5 million. However, Vuoso did not appear in a single game for Manchester City, and was subsequently loaned out to Santos Laguna for the 2003–04 season.

Santos Laguna[edit]

Despite moving from the Premier League to the Primera Division Mexicana, in the beginning of his stay in Mexico, Vuoso experienced the same problems at Santos Laguna that he faced at Manchester City. Coming to a club that already boasted an attack that featured Chilean playmaker Rodrigo Ruiz and Mexican striker Jared Borgetti, Vuoso was exclusively played as a substitute during the first part of the Apertura 2003 season. As fate would have it however, Vuoso was thrown into the starting mix when Borgetti suffered a minor injury that required a two-week absence from the pitch. Vuoso scored in both of the games he started in place of Borgetti and subsequently convinced Santos manager Luis Fernando Tena, who awarded Vuoso a starting spot.

After Jared Borgetti's exit from Santos Laguna following the Clausura 2004 season, Vuoso became Santos Laguna's main goalscoring threat and teammate Rodrigo Ruiz's primary target for his passes. Vuoso exploded with 11 goals in 17 games for Santos in the Apertura 2004 campaign and then followed that up with 16 goals in 19 games the following season.

América[edit]

Newly appointed América manager Luis Fernando Tena brought Vuoso to the club as a reinforcment for the Apertura 2006 campaign. Following the club's semi-final defeat, Vuoso was sold back to Santos. He only managed to score 5 goals in 20 league matches for América.

Return to Santos Laguna[edit]

Vuoso was bought by Santos Laguna again after Clausura 2007 for an undisclosed amount of money. Upon his return, a loss of form kept Vuoso on the bench. However, Vuoso would later become a key player in Santos Laguna's 2008 Clausura championship campaign.

However, during the finals of the Clausura 2010, he failed to score twice in two important plays during the second game against Toluca and made that Santos were meant to play extra-time and penalty shots. In the penalty shots he was the fourth player and failed to score his penalty shot allowing Toluca to get the championship.

After this game, Vuoso was transferred to Club America.

Return to América[edit]

For the Apertura 2010 season, he signed with América, which would be his second stint with the club. In his first season with América, he scored 8 goals, helping América reach the semi-finals, being defeated by his ex-club Santos.

Sold to Atlas[edit]

América sold Vuoso for the Apertura 2012

Loan to Chiapas[edit]

Atlas loaned Vuoso to Chiapas for the Apertura 2014.

International career[edit]

Upon receiving his citizenship in Mexico, Vuoso clearly stated that if Hugo Sánchez, former coach of the Mexico national football team, ever needed a striker, Vuoso would be more than honored to wear the famous green jersey and help win for the country that has given him a home. On 3 August 2008 Mexico coach and former Manchester City manager Sven-Göran Eriksson made Matias Vuoso his second naturalized striker on the Mexico squad to replace Omar Arellano who injured himself days before.[1] His debut came when he came on as a substitute in a 3–0 win over Jamaica at the Azteca stadium.

On 15 October 2008, Vuoso scored his first goal with the team against Canada with a header. The game was a World Cup Qualifier Match. On 12 November 2008, Vuoso scores a last minute goal for Mexico to win over Ecuador 2–1. On 11 March 2009, he scored again twice against Bolivia, in a game that ended 5–1.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 October 2008 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Canada 2–2 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 12 November 2008 Chase Field, Phoenix, United States  Ecuador 2–1 2–1 Friendly
3. 11 March 2009 Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, United States  Bolivia 2–0 5–1 Friendly
4. 11 March 2009 Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, United States  Bolivia 4–0 5–1 Friendly

International Caps[edit]

As of 24 March 2010

[1]

Victim of bank theft[edit]

Whilst he was with Manchester City, he, along with players Daniel Van Buyten and Djamel Belmadi, were the victim of a theft by two bankers. In total, workers at the Co-operative Bank stole more than £350,000 from the accounts of the three players.

In January 2006, the bank workers, Paul Sherwood, a cashier, and Paul Hanley, his supervisor, were jailed for 32 months and 12 months respectively.[2][3]

Honours[edit]

Santos Laguna[edit]

Personal[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vicente Matías Vuoso's Senior International Caps". 
  2. ^ "Two bankers admit theft from City players". news.lifestyle.co.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2007. 
  3. ^ "Jail after thefts from football stars". thescotsman.com. Retrieved 25 May 2007. 

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