Toronto signs Guevara to four-year deal
Toronto FC has signed Honduran midfielder and 2004 MLS MVP Amado Guevara, the club announced on Wednesday afternoon. After trading undisclosed conditional draft picks in 2009 and 2010 to Chivas USA for his rights, Toronto FC signed Guevara to a multi-year contract, with just the first year guaranteed, sources told ESPN.com.Guevara is expected to join Toronto FC in Carson, Calif., where his new team faces David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday. Guevara played his final match for Honduran club Motagua last Saturday. Guevara's arrival marks the second high-profile signing for Toronto FC in recent weeks. The club also signed French midfielder Laurent Robert, who has already established himself as a starter for the club. Toronto has had a busy offseason moving out players and clearing salary cap space, including a recent trade with San Jose that sent midfielder Ronnie O'Brien to the Earthquakes for a major allocation (approximately $300,000) and a first-round draft pick in 2008. But in Guevara and Robert, the club is hoping it has added the firepower to escape the Eastern Conference cellar and match its off-the-field success on the pitch. Guevara, 31, spent parts of five seasons in MLS, including four with the MetroStars. During that time, Guevara was one of the league's best midfielders, posting double-digit assist totals for three straight seasons and earning MVP honors in 2004. Toronto sees Guevara as the perfect playmaker to pair alongside MLS rookie of the year and U.S. national team midfielder Maurice Edu. The MetroStars traded Guevara to Chivas USA for its Designated Player slot after the 2006 season but Guevara only played four games with Chivas USA before falling out with head coach Preki. After blocking an attempted trade to Toronto FC, Guevara was promptly loaned out to CD Motagua for the remainder of the 2007 MLS season. Guevara has enjoyed a strong return to the Honduran league, leading Motagua to the Copa UNCAF title in December 2007. Guevara's arrival in Toronto will reunite him with former MetroStars and Red Bulls head coach Mo Johnston, who is now Toronto FC's director of soccer after leaving his position as the team's head coach. John Carver has stepped in as Toronto's new head coach. Ives Galarcep covers MLS for ESPNsoccernet.