Major League Soccer

Toronto in talks with former MLS MVP Amado Guevara

This off-season Toronto FC has been searching for a playmaker to give the team some offense that they sorely need. It looks as if they may have found what they have been looking for, as they are about to sign an established star in Amado Guevara, who is a midfielder from Honduras and won the 2004 MLS MVP. Last year he played in the Honduras League for CD Motagua. It looks as if Toronto will get Guevara before their season opener on March 29, when they play against the Columbus Crew.

Amado Guevara’s agent, Patrick McCabe did not confirm that Guevara is on the Toronto roster yet but he said talks have been ongoing in bringing Guevara back to the MLS. McCabe stated, “We are trying hard to have Amado rejoin an MLS team and hope to have the matter resolved by the end of the week.”

Toronto has been very active in the off-season clearing out their roster and cap space to try to bring in more talent. They recently made a trade with San Jose sending them Ronnie O’Brien for allocation money, around $300,000, and a 1st round pick in the 2008 Super Draft. Guevara would be the first big signing for Toronto this off-season and one that would surely help their lackluster offense, which was dismal last season.

According to several sources, acquiring Guevara would be the first of several moves before the transfer window closes on April 15. Toronto is still trying to bring in a striker from Europe and the club can still use their Designated Player slot to add another big name.

Guevara (31) spent 5 seasons in the MLS, 4 of them with the MetroStars. In his last stint in the MLS he was one of the better midfielders in the league, as he had three straight double-digit assist seasons and earned the MVP of the MLS in 2004. Guevara would be a nice addition to Toronto FC, as he could be the playmaker for MLS Rookie of the Year Maurice Edu.

The MetroStars traded Guevara to Chivas USA after 2006, but he only played 4 games with his new club, as he and head coach Preki had a falling out. Guevara blocked a trade to Toronto FC and was then loaned to CD Motagua for the rest of the 2007 season. While in Honduras Guevara picked off where he left off and played great leading CD Motagua to the 2007 Copa UNCAF title.