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Amado Guevara
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Personal information
Full name Amado Guevara
Date of birth May 2, 1976 (1976-05-02) (age 33)
Place of birth Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current club Motagua
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Olimpia (6)
1993–1994 Motagua (19)
1995–1996 Real Valladolid 8 (0)
1996–2000 Motagua (15)
2000–2001 Toros Neza (9)
2001–2002 CD Zacatepec (8)
2002 Deportivo Saprissa 19 (9)
2003 Motagua (20)
2003–2006 New York Red Bulls[1] 103 (32)
2007–2008 Chivas USA 4 (0)
2007–2008 Motagua (loan) 5 (2)
2008–2009 Toronto FC 46 (9)
2010– Motagua 9 (1)
National team
1995 Honduras U-20 (5)
1994– Honduras 132 (29)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2010-03-17.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2010-03-04

Amado Guevara (born May 2, 1976 in Tegucigalpa) is a Honduran soccer player who currently plays for Motagua in the Liga Nacional de Honduras. He is the all-time cap leader for the Honduran national team.

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Career

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Guevara, nicknamed El Lobo began his career in Honduras with Olimpia and Motagua, and subsequently played all over the world: Spain with Real Valladolid, Mexico with Toros Neza and CD Zacatepec, and in Costa Rica with Saprissa.

He was signed by the MetroStars on April 11, 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 procuded 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 Red Bull New York 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 December 5, 2007.

On April 9, 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 August 3, 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.[2]

International

Guevara is the captain and all time caps leader of the Honduran National Team.

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.

Career statistics

[1]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2003 MetroStars Major League Soccer 25 3
2004 24 10
2005 26 11
2006 Red Bull New York 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
Total USA/Canada 143 41
Career Total 143 41

Honors

Motagua

Toronto FC

Individual

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Preceded by
Preki
Major League Soccer MVP Award
2004
Succeeded by
Taylor Twellman

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