Guevara's glory

DEAN MCNULTY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

Toronto FC striker Amado Guevara had his coming-out party yesterday at BMO Field and in the process sliced and diced the Kansas City Wizards' defence scoring both goals in a 2-0 Major League Soccer victory.

In what was being billed in some quarters as a clash between Guevara and Argentinian striker Claudio Lopez, the TFC forward didn't take long to assert himself.

The 20,045 faithful on hand to watch were barely in their seats when Guevara turned Lopez -- the Wizards' $820,000 designated player -- inside out on a play coming out of the TFC side of the pitch.

So dominant was the 31-year-old Honduran international that during one three-minute stretch -- between the 32nd and 35th minute -- he toyed with the Kansas City defenders as if he had the ball on a string, taking two quality shots on goal.

Only the play of Wizards' goalkeeper Kevin Hartman kept Guevara and TFC off the score sheet in the first 45 minutes of the game.

After the Wizards -- the team with the best record in the MLS coming into the game -- showed some life in the opening few minutes of the second half, Guevara again took control, this time beating Hartman in the 56th minute and ending any hopes of a resurgence by the opposition.

TFC coach John Carver called it the most complete game he's seen the team play and that Guevara's performance rated him as a "special player."

"I thought we dominated just about every facet of the game," Carver said. "We had a special player in Guevara. He showed his class. What you saw out there is what he brings to the game. And I believe we will see that on a consistent level."

In the 77th minute, Guevara scored his second goal on a free-kick that sailed into the top corner of the Kansas City goal.

This came after another TFC newcomer -- Laurent Robert -- had scored on free-kicks in the past two games -- both victories.

"I ask Laurent what he thought and he said he thought I had a better shot at (the goal)," Guevara said through an interpreter after the game.

Guevara's signing earlier this month by TFC wasn't without controversy. He has a history of battling with coaches and has twice been suspended for clashes with referees both in the MLS and in the Honduran soccer league.

But Carver said yesterday that all he has seen is good things from Guevara.

"You saw him out there smiling," Carver said. "He's had that same smile on his face since his first day here."

Besides the offensive punch of Guevara, TFC was also able to shut down Lopez with smothering defence from Marco Velez and the speed of fellow defender Marvell Wynne.

"Marco has been under a lot of pressure," Carver said. "Yet he come up with his best game against a world class player in Lopez."

But in the end it was the offensive creativity of Guevara -- and one huge save early in the second half by TFC 'keeper Greg Sutton -- that gave TFC its first three-game win streak in the club's short history.

The team doesn't have long to celebrate yesterday's performance, however, as they are back on the pitch Thursday for a night game against the visiting New York Red Bulls.


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