Jorge Rodas

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Jorge Rodas
Personal information
Full name Jorge Alexander Rodas Hurtarte
Date of birth (1971-10-09) 9 October 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Jalapa, Guatemala
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 Municipal
1994–1996 Comunicaciones
1996 San Jose Clash 29 (1)
1997–2002 Comunicaciones
2002–2003 Xelajú MC
2004–2006 Deportivo Jalapa
2007 Deportivo Mixco
2007–2008 Aurora
National team
1991–2001 Guatemala 38 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 March 2010
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 March 2010

Jorge Alexander Rodas Hurtarte (born October 9, 1971) is a retired Guatemalan professional football midfielder. He last played for Aurora FC in the Guatemalan Primera División as of the end of the 2007-08 season.

Rodas was the first Guatemalan footballer to play in Major League Soccer, when he starred for San José Clash in 1996. He was also a member of the Guatemala national team.

He is the younger brother of Julio Rodas, who was also a member of the national team.

Club career[edit]

Rodas began playing professionally for Municipal of Guatemala City, where he became first known for his abilities as a central midfielder and his shooting range. After winning the 1993-94 league tournament with Municipal, he signed with their arch-rival, Comunicaciones, where he would be part of seven championship-winning squads.

Major League Soccer[edit]

In 1996, Rodas became the first Guatemalan to play professionally in the United States, when he was signed by San Jose Clash. He took the field in the first-ever Major League Soccer match on April 6. 1996, when The Clash beat D.C. United 1-0 at home. Alongside players like Eric Wynalda, John Doyle, and Eddie Lewis, Rodas helped San Jose reach the MLS playoffs that year. He played in 29 matches, made three assists, and scored one goal[1] on a direct free kick against New England Revolution on August 11, catalogued in the San Jose Earthquakes 100 Greatest Goals DVD as the team's second-best goal of the year. After the inaugural MLS season, Rodas was transferred back to Communicaciones in January 1997.

Later career[edit]

Rodas would stay at Comunicaciones until 2002, and after that he played briefly for Xelajú MC. Later, he joined Deportivo Jalapa, achieving further success by helping the team win the Domestic Cup in consecutive years in 2005 and 2006; he scored the only goal of a 1-0 win over Municipal in the 2006 final.[2] He had other notable individual performances at Jalapa, among them scoring a hat-trick against Deportivo Heredia in a 3-2 win on which the team advanced to the semi-final of the 2005 apertura tournament.[3]

After his tenure with Jalapa ended in 2006, Rodas, aged 35, continued his career with a brief spell with Deportivo Mixco in the Primera División. For the 2007-08 season, he was signed by former top-division team Aurora FC, which had been relegated to the Segunda División the previous season. Aurora earned promotion back to the Primera División for the 2008–2009 season.

International career[edit]

Rodas made his debut for Guatemala in a May 1991 UNCAF Nations Cup match against El Salvador alongside his brother Julio. Jorge Rodas earned 38 overall caps, scoring four goals, and represented his country in 12 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[4] and was part of the squads that competed at the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments of 1996[5] and 2000,[6] and at the UNCAF Nations Cup of 1995,[7] 1997,[8] and 1999.[9] His final international was a January 2001 World Cup qualification match against Costa Rica.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list. Guatemala's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 December 1995 Estadio De la Flor Blanca, San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 1-0 1-0 UNCAF Nations Cup 1995
2 7 March 1999 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala  Jamaica 1-4 2-4 Copa de la Paz
3 7 March 1999 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala  Jamaica 2-4 2-4 Copa de la Paz
4 7 July 2000 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA  El Salvador 1-0 1-0 Friendly match

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