Guevara playing for Toronto FC in 2008
|Full name||Amado Guevara|
|Date of birth||2 May 1976|
|Place of birth||Tegucigalpa, Honduras|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|1995–1996||→ Real Valladolid (loan)||8||(0)|
|2003–2006||New York Red Bulls||103||(32)|
|2007–2008||→ Motagua (loan)||21||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 June 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
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.
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 and played at 5 UNCAF Nations Cups as well as at the 1998, 2000 and 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cups.
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.
- Scores and results list Honduras' goal tally first.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2003||MetroStars||Major League Soccer||25||3|
|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|
Honours and awards
- C.D. Motagua
- Copa Interclubes UNCAF (1): 2007
- Honduran Liga Nacional (5): 1997–98 A, 1997–98 C, 1999–00 A, 1999–00 C, 2010–11 C
- Honduran Super Cup (1): 1997–98
- New York Red Bulls
- Toronto FC
- Major League Soccer MVP: 2004
- MLS Scoring Champion Winner: 2004
- MLS Best XI: 2004
- MLS All-Star Game MVP: 2004
- Copa America MVP: 2001
- The team was known as MetroStars prior to 2006.
- Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals – RSSSF
- Amado Guevara Leaves Toronto, Joins Honduras' Motagua
- "TFC earns 1st Champions League Berth". CBC.ca. 4 August 2010
- Amado cerca de ser el máximo goleador azul – La Prensa (Spanish)
- Amado Guevara – FIFA competition record
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1998 – Full Details – RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2000 – Full Details – RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2007 – Full Details – RSSSF
- Amado Guevara at National-Football-Teams.com
- MLS player profile
- Midfield Dynamo's 10 Heroes of the Copa América Amado Guevara listed in the top 10
- Amado Guevara – Century of International Appearances – RSSSF
- Profile – FIFA
|Major League Soccer MVP Award