High Point, NC | August 9, 2023 - Carolina Core FC (CCFC), the newest independent club in MLS NEXT Pro, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Amado Guevara as the Assistant Coach for the upcoming 2024 season. Guevara brings a wealth of experience and an impressive track record in the soccer world, making him an ideal addition to the coaching staff alongside Eddie Pope - Chief Sporting Officer, Roy Lassiter - Head Coach, and Andy Williams - Head Scout. Amado Guevara is a distinguished figure in the world of soccer, known for his illustrious career as a player and his continued success as a coach.
As a former international soccer star, Guevara represented the Honduran National Team as captain and all-time cap leader, earning him the title of "The Golden Boy" in his home country. With an impressive 139 appearances for Honduras, Guevara’s dedication and contribution to his national team is unquestionable. His experience also extends to the grand stage of the World Cup, where he showcased his skills as a seasoned veteran. As a player in MLS, Guevara garnered numerous accolades and achievements, including being named the MVP of Copa America in 2001, CONCACAF Player of the Year in 2003, and receiving the MLS MVP, MLS Best XI, MLS All-star, MLS Golden Boot, and MLS Most Valuable Player awards in 2004 – highlighting his exceptional talent and impact on the game.
Having played across various countries, including Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, and the US, Guevara’s versatility and adaptability are second to none. His extensive experience playing at the highest levels has endowed him with an exceptional understanding of the nuances of the game.
Following his retirement as a player, Guevara seamlessly transitioned into a coaching role, showcasing his passion for the sport and dedication to developing future talent. His coaching journey began at various youth academies, where he proved to be an inspirational mentor, nurturing youth talents and shaping them into top-tier players.
Guevara's coaching expertise is further evidenced by his time as an Assistant Coach for the Honduras National Team, contributing to their success on the international stage. Additionally, he served as the Head Coach of Puerto Rico's U20 team, where he demonstrated his leadership skills and tactical acumen, guiding the team to significant improvements and commendable performances.
Notably, Guevara later ascended to the position of Head Coach for Puerto Rico's National Team, where his strategic approach and ability to motivate players resulted in notable advancements for the team under his guidance. His tenure as head coach has been marked by remarkable progress and a commitment to instilling a winning mentality among the players.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have Amado join our technical staff. He has vast coaching experience having served as the head coach of the Puerto Rican National Team in addition to working with the Olympic and Senior Men's National Teams in Honduras. Given that he has played in the World Cup and is a former MLS MVP and Golden Boot winner, his playing career is even more spectacular. Having made well over 100 appearances for Honduras, Amado's inclusion to our staff makes it four out of four members who have significant national team experience,” said Chief Sporting Officer Eddie Pope.
"Amado Guevara’s addition to our coaching staff is a monumental step forward for Carolina Core FC. His extraordinary playing career, complemented by his international coaching experience, brings a unique blend of experience to our team. Amado’s deep- rooted understanding of the game and his commitment to nurturing talent align perfectly with our vision for success. I am truly excited to collaborate with Amado as we embark on our journey in MLS NEXT Pro,” said Roy Lassiter, Head Coach of Carolina Core FC.
Carolina Core FC is confident that under the guidance of Head Coach Roy Lassiter and Assistant Coach Amado Guevara, the team will make a significant impact in MLS NEXT Pro and become a force to be reckoned with in the league.
Carolina Core FC is excited to invite fans to join Carolina Core FC: Out of the Box - Brand Reveal Celebration at Gypsy Road Brewing on September 14th.
This event will be an unforgettable experience, as CCFC unveils its official logo, brand, and team colors for the very first time. The party will be filled with excitement, featuring a DJ, food trucks, giveaways, and an exclusive opportunity to purchase CCFC's new merchandise before it hits the shop of the public!
RSVP here: https://www.carolinacorefc.com/carolina-core-fc-out-of-the-box.
As sections of the stadium continue to sell out, Carolina Core FC is thrilled to offer fans the opportunity to secure their seats at affordable prices with monthly payment plans available. To reward their founding fans and loyal supporters, each season seat purchase will include a free game jersey, allowing fans to proudly display their team colors and support Carolina Core FC in style.
Fans interested in purchasing season tickets can do so by visiting www.carolinacorefc.com/tickets.
Carolina Core FC is thrilled to bring professional soccer to the Core of North Carolina and is looking forward to a successful inaugural season in 2024.
Don't miss the action; join us as we make history and become a part of the Carolina Core FC family today!
About Carolina Core FC
Founded in 2022, Carolina Core FC is an independent professional men’s soccer club that will begin play in MLS NEXT Pro in 2024. The club’s local owners are dedicated to community development through its on-field and off-field activities. Carolina Core FC has diligently worked behind the scenes to build together its experienced executive staff, including former U.S. Men’s National Team and MLS legend Eddie Pope as the Chief Sporting Officer. #CCFC will play its home matches in High Point, N.C. at Truist Point, the $38 million stadium located in the revitalized downtown social district. Supporters can join the club by securing a season seat deposit and ordering limited-edition Carolina Core FC merchandise at www.carolinacorefc.com.
About MLS NEXT Pro
Launched in 2022 by Major League Soccer, MLS NEXT Pro is a professional men’s soccer league in the United States and Canada that completes the pro player pathway. MLS NEXT Pro continues to grow the game through innovation and diversity, bringing professional soccer to new communities and creating global opportunities both on and off the field. MLS NEXT Pro enters its second season in 2023 with 27 teams, all affiliated with MLS clubs. Seven are new to MLS NEXT Pro in 2023: Atlanta United 2, Austin FC II, Crown Legacy FC (Charlotte FC), Huntsville City FC (Nashville SC), LA Galaxy II, Los Angeles Football Club 2 and New York Red Bulls II. Additional MLS-affiliated and independent clubs will join in the years ahead, including Carolina Core FC in 2024 and Cleveland in 2025. The majority of MLS NEXT Pro matches in 2023 will be available to watch live and on-demand on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app as part of the groundbreaking partnership between Apple and MLS. For more information about MLS NEXT Pro, visit mlsnextpro.com.