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Guevara Done with TFC
December 17, 2009, 12:24 AM
Filed under: Amado Guevara, CD Motagua, Toronto FC

According to Honduran news site, midfielder Amado Guevara has signed a two-year contract with Tegucigalpa side CD Motagua, effectively ending his career at Toronto.

Though the contract supposedly includes an option for the 33-year-old Honduras captain to return to Major League Soccer, Guevara has been quoted as saying he will retire with the Blue Eagles.

This would be Guevara’s 5th stint with his hometown club, from which he joined Toronto FC in 2008 after a loan spell.

No announcement has been made by Toronto FC at the time of this posting.

In 2007, Guevara had a falling out with then-Chivas USA head coach and current TFC boss Preki, whose attempts to deal Guevara to several MLS sides – including Toronto – after just 4 games were all rejected by Guevara himself. He eventually accepted a loan to his hometown club for the remainder of the 2007 season.

Guevara was acquired by TFC on April 9, 2008 and made his debut against Los Angeles Galaxy, in what would be Toronto’s first win of the season. Guevara had the assist on Danny Dichio’s 42nd minute goal to open the scoring.

Guevara is captain and all-time caps leader of the Honduras national football team, having made 130 appearances for his country’s senior squad since 1994. He is set to lead his nation into the World Cup Finals next year in South Africa.

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TFC loses two to int’l play for CLB game
March 25, 2009, 9:13 AM
Filed under: Amado Guevara, Carl Robinson, Columbus Crew, FIFA, Toronto FC

Two bubbles burst for Toronto FC this week, one at BMO Field with the protective winter roof deflated, the other in John Carver’s lineup with two key deletions for Saturday’s game in Columbus.

The team’s chances of duplicating last Saturday’s emotional season-opening road win in Kansas City took a hit with two-goal hero Amado Guevara and the savvy Carl Robinson leaving for respective World Cup games with Honduras and Wales. The loss of the midfielders is the kind of major inconvenience that contributed to TFC’s troubles in gaining early-season traction in its first two MLS seasons.

But coach Carver is not as worried this year, with the MLS becoming more sympathetic to all its clubs’ international plight with regard to the schedule. Carver also has last weekend’s 3-2 victory to build on and the chance to audition some other players who already have made it hard for him to pick a starting 11.

“It’s only two players at the moment, which is a big change from last year,” Carver said yesterday at BMO. “The good thing is the league has shown common sense and we’re very grateful. They’ve given us an option of when we want to play (around certain World Cup qualifiers) or given us a weekend off from playing.

“We chose to play this weekend, because further down the line, there will be more of our internationals away. And we’ve also started (the MLS season) a week earlier. So they’re coming around to my way of thinking. But we appreciate their support.”

Pablo Vitti, who sat out last Saturday in favour of defensive specialist rookie Sam Cronin, likely will play beside Cronin against the Crew, the defending league champions.

“We have to get on with it,” Carver said of the smudged lineup. “I’m not going to cry. Columbus will have a couple of guys missing as well, so it should be evenly matched.”

The Crew has three absentees, Frankie Hejduk (USA), Alejandro Moreno (Venezuela) and Duncan Oughton (New Zealand), but league MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto will be giving Toronto fits.

“We have to be mindful of him,” TFC’s Canadian sparkplug Dwayne De Rosario warned. “I think our defenders can handle him, but it’s a real step up from Kansas City.

“It would have been nice to see a player of (Guevara’s) calibre keep that momentum going on our team. But he has a bigger deal coming up to represent his country. It’s sad to see him go, but that just makes guys want to step up a little bit more to fill the positions and prove themselves.

“The strength of this team right now is that we have some young guys mixed with some veterans. They’re learning very fast.”

Carver had a tough call in going with rookie Stefan Frei in goal, but lingering problems from a dislocated finger by veteran Greg Sutton sealed the decision.


“I don’t think anyone would have been able to stop the two goals (K.C.) did score,” De Rosario said of Frei. “There were some low ones, but he didn’t give up any rebounds. It was a lot to ask to start the season.

“Sam did a great job out wide. He hasn’t played that position all pre-season, but did fantastic.”

Cronin, who was playing for Wake Forest University only a few months ago, rewarded Carver’s faith, while taking his cues from Robinson.

“Carl took me under his wing,” Cronin said. “He told me not to try too many things early to take myself out of the game and the game would come to me. As the season goes on, I can have more of an impact in each match.”

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Guevara Goal-of-the-week nominee
March 23, 2009, 2:34 PM
Filed under: Amado Guevara, Toronto FC

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Guevara receives the ball, executes the spin, kicks and finds the far side of the net for his first of two goals.
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Other nominee’s include:

Fredy Montero / Seattle Sounders
Kenny Cooper / FC Dallas
Davy Arnaud / KC Wizards
Guillermo Barros Schelotto / Columbus Crew
Cuauhtemoc Blanco / Chicago Fire
Paulo Nagamura / Chivas USA
Chris Pontius / DC United

Guevara scores twice to power Toronto to 3-2 victory
March 21, 2009, 11:08 PM
Filed under: Amado Guevara, Kansas City Wizards, Toronto FC

Toronto FC began their 2009 MLS campaign Saturday evening by grabbing a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Wizards at a sold-out CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Team captain Jim Brennan put Toronto in the lead late in the first half and two goals from Amado Guevara in the second half sealed the historic win.

Davy Arnaud scored two remarkable goals for the home side, but they weren’t enough as the triumph was the Reds’ first season-opening away win in their short three-year history.

Pointing to TFC’s only four wins away from BMO Field in their first two seasons, head coach John Carver said away form was critical to Toronto FC’s goal of making the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in club history. The offseason additions of MLS veterans Dwayne De Rosario and back Adrian Serioux upped the depth and quality of the side, one fit for more success on the road. Yet Carver chose to give rookie goalkeeper Stefan Frei the start between the posts ahead of incumbent Greg Sutton.

With Serioux sweeping away wayward Wizards balls in the back and a possession-oriented attack, TFC created three chances within the first 12 minutes. All fell to forward Chad Barrett, and two saw the 23-year-old in alone on Wizards’ goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.

Barrett sent a chip high over the goal after being put through from a long pass from right back Marvell Wynne, sent a poor clearance screaming just above the crossbar from the 18, and then caught the turf on the third attempt as he came in from the left after De Rosario’s feed split the K.C. defense.

It wasn’t until the 24th minute that Kansas City posed a serious threat. Given space on the left, forward Herculez Gomez struck for the near post, forcing first-round SuperDraft choice Frei to dive down to the right for his first save since ending his collegiate career with the University of California.

But while the Wizards began to hold more possession, Toronto FC had found the time to strike. With the Wizards pressing the attack, Brennan stripped Kansas City rookie Graham Zusi near midfield on the left, clipped the ball into De Rosario, and hit the space behind the defense. Nine yards out on the left, Brennan got the ball back and beat Hartman high inside the near post for the lead in the 33rd minute.

The goal marked the first time the Reds had ever scored and led in a season opener, and the lead held for halftime.

Toronto would have to continue working to earn the win though as Kansas City increased the offensive pressure from the second-half whistle, bringing on second-year midfielder Roger Espinoza and removing center back Aaron Hohlbein.

Despite K.C. again holding the better of the possession, the Reds took their opportunities and kept the pressure firmly on the home side. It was the battle-tested Guevara who would double the lead.

Receiving a pass from midfield workhorse Carl Robinson in the 53rd minute, the Honduran international turned 360 on Wizards right back Jonathan Leathers and drilled the ball into the right corner of Hartman’s net. The realization of a sudden two-goal lead sent Guevara’s teammates and the more than 100 Reds supporters perched high behind the TFC bench into near-delirium.

Another Wizards flurry followed as Herculez Gomez whipped a shot that sailed just above the bar two minutes later. Then Kansas City struck blood in awe-inspiring fashion. Settling from a Claudio Lopez pass from his right, Arnaud loaded his left boot from 25 yards and unleashed a bullet into the right upper corner of Frei’s goal to give the home side a chance in the 55th minute. Once again, the Wizards had found inspiration from their tireless sparkplug.

Toronto kept their heads, allowing for a Guevara encore. In the 62nd minute, Robinson picked out De Rosario inside the left of the Wizards box. The Canadian native, in his first match for Toronto, pinged a shot that Hartman parried aside. The alert Guevara ran through the pack and nailed the rebound past the prone goalkeeper to restore the two-goal advantage.

But there was plenty of time left, and Kansas City was not ready to crumble. Recent Argentinean acquisition Santiago Hirsig entered the fray for the Wizards after the goal and paid dividends just 14 minutes later. After taking a pass from Espinoza, Hirsig found Arnaud in a central position 22 yards out. Arnaud would follow Guevara’s act and rip his second score of the night with a blistering shot into the net in the 76th minute.

As the two sides continued their push-and-pull, fate intervened when Wizards fullback Michael Harrington was called for a seemingly inadvertent handball in the 80th minute. De Rosario stepped up to take the kick with the chance to put his side comfortably ahead with 10 minutes to go. But his attempt rose high and the drama would continue.

After the final minutes wound down, Toronto FC had pulled off a dream start with the 3-2 win. Next Saturday the Reds will be in Columbus to try and make it two road wins in a row while Kansas City is at Colorado.

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Guevara / Wynne in WC Qualifiers
February 12, 2009, 9:52 AM
Filed under: Amado Guevara, Honduras, Marvell Wynne, Toronto FC, USA, World Cup Qualifiers
Toronto FC’s Amado Guevara endured a disappointing start to the final phase of FIFA World Cup Qualifying on Wednesday night.Guevara played the full game as Honduras lost 2-0 to Costa Rica. Andy Furtado scored twice in the space of 11 minutes just after half time to give Costa Rica the win.

TFC defender Marvell Wynne was an unused substitute as the United States beat Mexico 2-0 in Columbus. Michael Bradley scored both goals for the U.S.

Wynne will now join up with Toronto for preseason training for the first time. He missed the first two weeks of preseason as he was away with the U.S. at a training camp.

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Guevara Returns for Preseason
February 4, 2009, 5:31 PM
Filed under: Amado Guevara, MLS Preseason, Toronto FC

Toronto FC midfielder Amado Guevara returned to BMO Field to start preseason training on Wednesday morning. The Honduran missed the first two days of preseason because of international duty. Guevara will stay with the team for the next few days before leaving to join the Honduras squad ahead of a World Cup Qualifier against Costa Rica on February 11th.

“I’m very happy to be back here and to see my teammates again and everyone at the club. It’s good to start preseason and I am excited to be here,” said Guevara. “It is easier for me coming into preseason as I haven’t stopped working throughout the winter because I have had international obligations with Honduras.”

Guevara scored four goals in 21 appearances for Toronto in 2008 and believes the squad has the potential to have a successful season. “The players here are good and they are very fit, but more than anything they have a lot of motivation. Everybody is very happy to be back with the team.”

“It is a big advantage that the core of the team is returning for the new season,” explained Guevara. “We know how to play together as a team and it is a very solid team today. We will have a few new additions coming in and it should be easy for them to join in with us and learn to play with the team because there is already a good spirit amongst everyone. Everything is in place for us to have a more successful campaign than last year.”

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TFC’s Guevara Preps for Uncaf Cup
January 22, 2009, 6:29 PM
Filed under: Amado Guevara, Gold Cup, Toronto FC, UNCAF

Central America’s regional championship gets underway on Thursday with special attention on the three teams — Costa Rica, El Salvador and host Honduras — that will compete in the final round of World Cup qualifying.

Costa Rica is the three-time defending champion of the Digicel Uncaf Cup, which will qualify five of the seven teams for the 2009 Gold Cup.

The teams are divided into two groups — Honduras, El Salvador and the region’s two weaklings, Nicaragua and Belize, in Group A and Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama in Group B.

Of the three Hexagonal finalists, only El Salvador, the team that relies the least on foreign-based players, has sent close to its first team.

Mexican coach Carlos de los Cobos added former Cal State Northridge star Edwin Miranda, who was born in El Salvador and raised in the Los Angeles area and now plays for the USL-1’s Puerto Rico Islanders.

Honduras called up the Kansas City Wizards’ Roger Espinoza for the first time. Espinoza was born in Honduras and moved to Denver as a teenager. Other MLS players in the Catrachos’ squad are D.C. United’s Ivan Guerrero, New England’s Mauricio Castro and Toronto FC’s Amado Guevara.

Another U.S. product, Ramon Nunez (Dallas Texans, SMU, FC Dallas and Chivas USA in MLS), has moved to Mexico’s Puebla and was not called up for the Uncaf Cup.

Costa Rican coach Rodrigo Kenton says the purpose of the UNCAF is to evaluate players for the Hexagonal. The only Ticos called in from abroad are former MLS defender Daniel Torres and Carlos Johnson from Bryne in Norway and Andy Furtado from Honduran club Marathon.

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