Toronto FC says goodbye to Guevara

STEVEN SANDOR, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 4:03 AM ET

To no one's surprise, Amado Guevara was handed his walking papers by Toronto FC yesterday.

TFC decided not to pick up the contract options on Guevara, Argentine forward Pablo Vitti and Haitian defender Lesly Fellinga.

Guevara had five goals and six assists last season and four goals in 2008.

In 2004 he was the MLS MVP as a member of the New York/New Jersey MetroStars.

But, when TFC hired Predrag (Preki) Radosavlijevic as its new coach after a third consecutive season of missing the playoffs, the Guevara watch was on.

In 2007, when both were at Chivas USA, Preki decided that the mercurial midfielder wasn't needed -- and openly questioned the player's character.

MIDFIELD GLUT

And, with Julian de Guzman and Dwayne De Rosario creating a glut of players in the middle, Guevara's exit was expected. TFC didn't protect him for the expansion draft, but the Philadelphia Union passed on him.

"After sitting with Preki, and the rest of the coaching staff, we have decided this is the direction the club would like to go," director of soccer Mo Johnston said in a statement. "This leaves all players free to negotiate new deals with other clubs outside of MLS. We wish them all the best of luck in the future."

Yesterday, Honduran club C.D. Motagua announced that Guevara will play there after he recovers from knee surgery.

Guevara made just over $320,000 US last season. He will be away during the 2010 World Cup as he is the captain of the Honduran side.

Vitti, whom the TFC director of soccer pursued since he scored a goal for Independiente in 2008 in a friendly at BMO Field, was a massive flop, scoring just twice in 26 games as a Red.

Fellinga made only one start as a Red.

STEVEN.SANDOR@SUNMEDIA.CA


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