Alex Pineda Chacón
|Full name||Alex Mauricio Pineda Chacón|
|Date of birth||19 December 1969|
|Place of birth||Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Honduras|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2002||New England Revolution||20||(2)|
|2003||Los Angeles Galaxy||6||(0)|
|2007–2008||Atlanta Silverbacks (assistant)|
|2011||Atlanta Silverbacks (assistant)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Chacón spent most of his career with Club Olimpia of Honduras, joining the side in 1988, and leading the team to two Honduran championships and a CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 1988. He later played with UA Tamaulipas of Mexico during the 1993–94 season, and then for Sporting Cristal of Peru during the 1994–95 season, appearing in four Copa Libertadores matches.
In 2001, Chacón joined Major League Soccer side Miami Fusion. During the 2001 season, Chacón played a crucial attacking role on a team stacked with offensive talent, including Preki, Diego Serna, Ian Bishop, and Chris Henderson. Chacón registered 19 goals and 9 assists for the team and led the league in goals and points. He was recognized with the MLS Most Valuable Player Award.
Unfortunately, the Fusion were contracted after the 2001 season along with the Tampa Bay Mutiny, and he was unable to recapture the form that served him so well in his first year. He was selected by the New England Revolution in the 2002 MLS Dispersal Draft, but the emergence of Taylor Twellman and the arrival of a new manager Steve Nicol led to a diminished role on the squad for Chacón. He moved to the Los Angeles Galaxy after the 2002 season and soon later to the Columbus Crew, but neither move reinvigorated his career.
After the 2003 season, Chacón, without a place in MLS, moved to the American A-League, where he found plenty of playing time for the Atlanta Silverbacks. Although he only registered 3 goals and 2 assists in 2004, Chacón's leadership was recognized with a selection to the A-League All-League first team.
Pineda Chacón made his debut for Honduras in a December 1992 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Costa Rica and has earned a total of 45 caps, scoring 5 goals. He has represented his country in 12 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played at the 1993 UNCAF Nations Cup as well as at the 1993, 1996, 1998 and 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cups.
|1||18 April 1993||Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, Canada||Canada||1–0||1–3||1994 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||10 July 1993||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, USA||Panama||3–1||5–1||1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|3||17 November 1998||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA||Guatemala||3–3||3–3||Hurricane Relief Tournament|
|4||18 November 1998||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA||El Salvador||2–1||2–1||Hurricane Relief Tournament|
|5||4 March 2000||Estadio Francisco Morazán, San Pedro Sula, Honduras||Nicaragua||1–0||3–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
Chacón joined the Silverbacks as an assistant coach in 2007. The squad when on hiatus for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, but Chacón remained in the role. While the club was being restructured, he coached youth soccer club Forsyth Fusion, now known as the United Futbol Academy.
After four years with the club as an assistant, he was named head coach on 7 November 2011.
Alex Pineda Chacón has been released from his duties Coaching the Silverbacks in June 2012 after an unsuccessful season.
Chacón has now settled in Georgia with his wife and two daughters.
Honours and awards
- Liga Nacional de Honduras Top Scorer (1): 1993–94
- MLS Most Valuable Player (1): 2001
- MLS Golden Boot (1): 2001
- MLS Scoring Champion (1): 2001
- MLS Best XI (1): 2001
- MLS Fair Play Award (1): 2001
- MLS selects Chacon as MVP – Sports Illustrated
- USLSoccer.com. "A-League All-League Teams Announced". 8 September 2004. Retrieved on 14 March 2013.
- Alex Pineda Chacón – FIFA competition record
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1993 – Full Details – RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1996 – Full Details – RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1998 – Full Details – RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2000 – Full Details – RSSSF
- ForsythFusion – League Athletics
- Silverbacks Make Coaching Change – NASL
- What Ever Happened To: Alex Pineda Chacón – MLS Soccer