Nov. 28, 2006
TITLE DREAM RENEWED
Guevara longs to win cup with Bradley
By Luis Bueno
CARSON, Calif. – For four years, Amado Guevara struggled to accomplish his main goal in New York.
|Amado Guevara joined Chivas USA on Monday and said he intends to keep a promise he made to Bob Bradley in 2003.
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He scored goals and picked up awards along the way but his time in New York had one large, gaping hole.
Guevara did not win a championship in his time with the MetroStars/Red Bulls.
“In New York, I was fine. I had many individual accomplishments but for me those are not enough. I want to win a title and in four years I was not able to reach that goal,” Guevara said. “A change of scenery was best.”
Now, Guevara is reunited with the first MLS coach he played for. Guevara joined Chivas USA on Monday after Chivas sent its designated player slot and a 2007 SuperDraft choice to New York for the Honduran international.
Guevara said he is in an ideal situation to realize his goal.
“Coach knows me. I know him. He knows what my mentality is and I know his. The most important thing is the objective. His goal is mine and that’s to win a title,” Guevara said. “I am confident and I know that I will accomplish that with him.”
Bradley again lauded Guevara with praise. He spoke highly of Guevara’s ability to attack, distribute and work for the team. But he said what most impressed him was Guevara’s willingness to do whatever it takes to win games and his desire to win a championship.
“More than anything, we want to have players that want to win,” Bradley said. “Whenever I have been with Amado, his mentality to compete and do everything to help the team is tremendous. I feel great that we can add him to our team. I know how much it means to him to try and win a championship in this league.”
When Guevara joined the then-MetroStars in 2003, he made a promise to Bradley. He said Tuesday he intends to keep it.
“I made a promise to him when I first arrived here. I promised him that together we would win a title,” Guevara said.
In Guevara, Chivas USA has the highest-profile Central American to play in Los Angeles since Carlos Ruiz donned the Galaxy’s green-and-gold in 2004. Guevara, in fact, is the only Central American native currently on either clubs’ roster.
Bringing in a high-profile Central American not only continues to distance Chivas from its original Mexican-only mindset, it shows the club’s willingness to embrace L.A.’s Latino community.
“I think that we recognize that we must have a Mexican foundation. We know the history of Chivas Guadalajara but I think we’ve tried to also adjust a little bit for Chivas USA,” Bradley said. “The idea that we are first Mexican but second representative of the Latino community in Los Angeles is really important. I really have seen the way our fans have responded to a team that they enjoy watching and a team that they are proud of.”
Regardless of nationality, Chivas USA General Manager Whit Haskel said the club was excited to bring in a capable player to the organization.
“His accomplishments in the league speak for themselves,” Haskel said. “We’re thrilled to have a player of his caliber for years to come wearing the colors of Chivas USA.”