Guevara headed back to Honduras
Amado Guevara's tumultuous career in Major League Soccer is over.
The Honduran playmaker, who Chivas USA unsuccessfully attempted to trade to Toronto FC last week after growing tired of his poor form and attitude, is heading back to Honduras. According to sources, Chivas USA and MLS officials are working on selling Guevara to an unidentified club in Honduras. If a suitable transfer offer isn't found, MLS could still potentially give Guevara his outright release.
Chivas USA had a deal in place to send Guevara to Toronto FC for midfielder Paulo Nagamura and a draft pick but Guevara balked at the deal and stated that he would not report to Toronto. Guevara subsequently rejected chances to be dealt to Colorado, FC Dallas and Columbus, which all expressed interest in the disgruntled playmaker.
Guevara played just four games for Chivas USA before his actions in the team's 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy last week precipitated the club's failed attempt to trade him. After yet another poor performance for his new club, Guevara was pulled from the Galaxy match in the 56th minute. Angered by the early exit, Guevara was eventually issued a red card for pushing an assistant referee.
That episode, coupled with Guevara's poor form since joining the club via trade from the Red Bulls, forced Chivas USA coach Preki to try and unload him.
"I have a vision of where the club is going and he's not part of it," Preki told MLSnet.com of Guevara, who has already cleared out his locker room at Chivas USA.
Signed by the MetroStars in 2003 from Honduran club CD Motagua, Guevara enjoyed three solid seasons with the MetroStars before struggling through a disappointing 2006 with the Red Bulls. He recorded 32 goals and 36 assists with the MetroStars and Red Bulls, enjoying his best campaign in 2004, when he won MLS MVP honors.
With the Honduran season already over, Guevara will remain out of action until he joins the Honduran national team for its preparations for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June. He turned 31 on Wednesday.