Toronto FC midfielder Amado Guevara will be playing in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after a dramatic end to the CONCACAF Qualifying stages last night. Guevara played the full 90 minutes as he captained Honduras to a 1-0 win in El Salvador.
That result alone would not have been enough to secure Honduras a place on the World's biggest stage next summer, but the United States made a stunning comeback to tie 2-2 with Costa Rica in Washington, a result that allowed Guevara's team to jump over Costa Rica in the standings and claim the third automatic qualifying place.
36 year old Carlos Pavon scored the winning goal for Honduras in the 64th minute in San Salvador, but at that stage Costa Rica were leading 2-0 against the U.S. Michael Bradley pulled a goal back with 18 minutes remaining, and in stoppage time, Chivas USA's Jonathan Bornstein scored an equalizer to break Costa Rica hearts and earn Honduras a place in the World Cup for just the second time.
Guevara is expected to return to Toronto on Friday night and could play for the Reds in the final home game of the regular season against Real Salt Lake on Saturday afternoon (kick off 4:00 p.m. live on CBC and The FAN 590).