FC Dallas re-signs midfielder Marvin Chávez
FRISCO, Texas (Jan. 19, 2010) – Following a breakout season
in which Marvin Chavez scored three goals and added four assists in 20 appearances,
the 27-year-old Honduran International has agreed to extend his contract with
MLS Cup Finalists FC Dallas, the club announced today. Per Major League Soccer
and club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
“We are extremely excited to re-sign Marvin Chavez,” head coach
Schellas Hyndman said. “When FC Dallas was playing its best soccer of the year,
Marvin was on the field for us. He is extremely athletic, very quick and fast.
He is able to penetrate from the flanks with a dribble, a pass or on a penetrating
Chavez picked up his first MLS game-winning assist in a 1-0
win against Toronto on Sept. 4. He netted his first MLS goal in a 3-1 win over
the Kansas City Wizards on Sept. 25, and then he tallied his second goal in the
very next match, a 3-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Oct. 2.
Chavez was at his best during FC Dallas’ run to MLS Cup in
2010, scoring a goal and two assists in four playoffs appearances. He assisted
David Ferreira on Dallas’ 26th minute goal against the Los Angeles
Galaxy in the Western Conference Final and then added an MLS playoff goal to
his resume 47 minutes later, when Ferreira split the Galaxy defense with a
through ball. In behind the Los Angeles defense, Chavez collected the pass and
beat Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts for a 3-0 lead in the 73rd
Currently on international duty with Honduras in the Copa Centreamericana
Tournament, Chavez made his first appearance for FC Dallas on Sept. 12, 2009
versus the Galaxy. Prior to joining Dallas, Chavez tallied 11 goals and 11
assists with Club Deportivo Marathon of Honduras’ Primera Division. He scored
the game-winning goal against D.C. United to propel Marathon into the quarterfinal
round of the 2008/2009 CONCACAF Champions League tournament.
“I am very pleased to renew my contract,” Chavez said. “I am
happier still for the gratitude of the coaching staff, the board of executives
and the fans. Since I have been back in Honduras I’ve been hoping that things
would turn out positive to be back with FC Dallas.
“The challenge is to keep the same level I had at the end of
the season. More than anything the mindset for this season is to try and be
champions because we were so close last year, but unfortunately we failed.
Personally, my goal this year is to be a starting player on the team.”
About the Copa Centroamericana Tournament
South Africa 2010 participants Honduras clinched a spot in
this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup on Tuesday with a 3-1 victory over Guatemala in
the Copa Centroamericana that saw los Catrachos advance to the semifinals of the tournament. Marvin Chávez played in
the opening game of the tournament, coming on for Oscar Garcia in the 74th
minute against Costa Rica. Against Guatemala, Chavez saw more activity after
coming on for Mario Martinez in the 58th minute.
The top five finishers in the Copa Centroamericana qualify for the Gold Cup.
Honduras joins El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama as Central American
participants in this summer's CONCACAF championship. The fifth and final spot
will be decided by Friday’s fifth-place match between Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Honduras faces El Salvador in the semis on Friday while hosts Panama meet Costa
Rica. A host of MLS players are in action in the Copa, including Arturo Alvarez
and Deris Umanzor for El Salvador; Roy Miller and Dario Delgado for Costa Rica;
and Chávez for Honduras.