Marvin Chávez

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Marvin Chávez
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Personal information
Full name Marvin Antonio Chávez[1]
Date of birth (1983-11-03) November 3, 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth La Ceiba, Honduras
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Rayo OKC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Victoria 26 (6)
2008–2010 Marathón 22 (6)
2009–2010 FC Dallas (loan) 27 (3)
2011 FC Dallas 32 (6)
2012–2013 San Jose Earthquakes 42 (4)
2014 Colorado Rapids 2 (0)
2014 Chivas USA 14 (2)
2015 San Antonio Scorpions 27 (4)
2016– Rayo OKC 0 (0)
National team
2006– Honduras 48 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 February 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 April 2015

Marvin Antonio Chávez (born November 3, 1983 in La Ceiba) is a Honduran footballer who plays for Rayo OKC in the North American Soccer League (NASL).



Chávez – who is nicknamed "el hijo del viento" (the son of the wind) – spent the early part of his professional career playing in Honduras for Victoria and Marathón. He signed with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer (MLS) on a loan deal in August 2009.[2] During the 2010 season, he became an important player for Dallas helping the club reach the MLS Cup final. On November 21, 2010, he played 105 minutes in MLS Cup 2010 in which his club fell to Colorado Rapids. Chávez continued his fine play during the 2011 MLS season and was named to the MLS Team of the Week for weeks 10 and 12 after goal-scoring performances against Real Salt Lake and the New England Revolution.[3][4] He gained Team of the Week honors again in week 19 against the New York Red Bulls.[5]

On December 16, 2011, Chávez was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for allocation money.[6] He had a breakout season in 2012 for San Jose as he made 27 league appearances and recorded 3 goals and 13 assists in helping his new club capture the 2012 Supporters Shield. His stay in San Jose ended on January 7, 2014, when he was traded to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for his former FC Dallas teammate Atiba Harris.[7] Colorado was not a good fit for Chávez. He played only 39 minutes for the club before being traded to Chivas USA on May 8, 2014, in exchange for Luke Moore.[8]

On February 26, 2015, Chávez signed with NASL side San Antonio Scorpions.[9] He played 27 matches for the Scorpions before the club ceased operations in December 2015. In February 2016, Chávez signed with expansion team Rayo OKC of the NASL.[10]


Chávez made his debut for Honduras in an August 2006 friendly match against Venezuela. As of April 2015, he has earned a total of 48 caps while scoring four goals. He has represented his country in FIFA World Cup qualification matches,[11] the 2009[12] and 2011 UNCAF Nations Cups,[13] the 2009[14] and 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cups, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Honduras' goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 January 2009 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  El Salvador 2–0 2–0 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup
2. 21 January 2011 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  El Salvador 2–0 2–0 2011 Copa Centroamericana
3. 7 September 2012 Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana, Cuba  Cuba 3–0 3–0 2014 World Cup qualification
4. 8 July 2013 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, USA  Haiti 2–0 2–0 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup


Chávez (left) with a young fan while at FC Dallas

Chávez earned his U.S. green card in January 2013.[15] This status qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.


FC Dallas
San Jose Earthquakes


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