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Toronto FC is close to landing former MLS MVP Amado Guevara, multiple sources told Soccer By Ives on Monday. Guevara could join Toronto FC in time for the team’s MLS season opener against the Columbus Crew on March 29.
If and when Toronto completes the deal, Guevara could step in and instantly give TFC one of the league’s best central midfields.
Wondering about the if and when? There are still some hurdles to be cleared, including Guevara being released from his contract with Motagua, but sources have told me that issue should be resolved this week. Also, Chivas USA does have the right of first refusal on Guevara, but will NOT be exercising that right (even if they wanted to sources tell me they couldn’t fit him on their current cap.)
So why will Guevara behave now after some stumbles in his last stint in MLS? Sources tell me he has matured and his strong play in Honduras and with the Honduran national team tells me he just might be as good a player now as he was as an MLS MVP in 2004.
Guevara will also be walking into a dream set-up. Toronto is planning to employ a 4-5-1 formation, which would place MLS rookie of the year and US national team midfielder Maurice Edu and Welsh international Carl Robinson behind Guevara in central midfield. Playing in that set-up and in front of sold-out crowds at BMO Field just might be the combination that brings the best out of Guevara.
I will readily admit to being one of Guevara’s harshest critics when he had his lapses, but there has never been any doubt about his ability to be an impact player when he is on his game. Considering Toronto won’t give up anything to acquire Guevara and will likely land him for a salary in the $250K to $300K range, it is a gamble worth taking considering the team’s need for a playmaker.
If you need reminding of just how good Guevara was with the MetroStars/Red Bulls, here is a pretty good reminder:
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