Gonzalo Pineda

Gonzalo Pineda Reyes (born October 19, 1982) is a Mexican retired footballer. He last played as a defensive midfielder for Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer (MLS) and became assistant coach of the Sounders beginning with the 2017 MLS season.

Gonzalo Pineda
Personal information
Full name Gonzalo Pineda Reyes
Date of birth (1982-10-19) October 19, 1982
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 UNAM 63 (1)
2006–2013 Guadalajara 128 (5)
2010San Luis (loan) 14 (1)
2010–2011Cruz Azul (loan) 35 (1)
2011–2012Puebla (loan) 31 (1)
2012–2013Querétaro (loan) 27 (1)
2014–2015 Seattle Sounders FC 56 (4)
Total 354 (14)
National team
2004–2008 Mexico 44 (1)
Teams managed
2017– Seattle Sounders FC (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Pineda made his professional debut in the Mexican Division in 2002-2003 season playing for UNAM Pumas in a 0-1 defeat against Morelia. Gonzalo is known as an excellent marker and for his powerful left foot. He helped UNAM to the Clausura and Apertura titles in 2004.

In the 2005-2006 Season, Pineda was transferred to Chivas de Guadalajara. Pineda was a notable starter in his first season with Chivas. However, in Apertura 2006 he had a difficult season, starting as a substitute for Juan Pablo Rodriguez and rumors rose that he might walk out of Chivas after the season since he wasn't playing. He was quoted by the press saying that he had not enough level to be playing for Chivas. Eventually, after bad performances by Rodriguez, Pineda made it to the starting lineup again and proved that he was worthy of the starting team. He played well the remainder of the games and eventually became champion for the third time in his career. Gonzalo's solid skills in the midfield and his consistent performances had earned him an indisputable spot with Chivas.

After the Clausura 2008, Chivas put Pineda in their summer transfer list. As of June 17, 2008 Pineda was due to play the Apertura 2008 with Atlante F.C.; however, he made it clear that he would not leave Chivas and remained with the team. Gonzalo was sent on a 6-month loan with San Luis for the Torneo Bicentenario in 2010. In his debut for San Luis he got a red card in the 39th minute and was suspended for three games.

On May 24, 2010, the press revealed that Pineda would play for Cruz Azul in The Centenario 2010 Tournament, which was confirmed by Sport Director Alberto Quintano. In one season at the club, Pineda made 35 appearances and scored one goal. Pineda played two seasons with Puebla F.C. on loan in 2011 and in 2012, then went on loan to Queretaro F.C.. In 2013, after his loan deal expired, he went into free agency after not finding a new club.

Following his release, Pineda joined Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer on a preseason trial. He signed with the club on March 5, 2014.[2]

On January 7, 2016, Pineda announced his retirement from football and his intention of becoming a coach.[3] Pineda joined Univision, working as a soccer analyst for the American Spanish-language national broadcast network.

On January 20, 2017, Pineda rejoined Seattle Sounders FC as an assistant coach on Brian Schmetzer's staff.[4]

International career

Gonzalo Pineda was part of Mexico's Olympic football team, which exited in the first round, having finished third in group A, below group winners Mali and South Korea.

Pineda made his international debut for the senior Mexico national team against Trinidad & Tobago on September 8, 2004 in Mexico's qualification matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

He played mainly as a substitute in ten of Mexico's qualification matches for the 2006 World Cup and played five games in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany, where he converted a Panenka-style penalty kick against Argentina. In June 2006, he was selected by coach Ricardo Lavolpe, to be part of the 23 man Mexican squad to play in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Tournament in Germany. He started in Mexico's first three World Cup games.

Pineda was once again called to the Mexico national team during Hugo Sánchez's tenure as coach. He played for Mexico in Copa América 2007.

International goals

GoalDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.July 17, 2005Reliant Stadium, Houston, United States Colombia1–11–22005 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Personal life

Pineda earned his U.S. green card in June 2015.[5] This status also qualified him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes. Since his family had achieved US citizenship, Pineda felt it was in their best interest to stay in this country and not return to Mexico after retirement. Pineda lives in Seattle with his wife, Reyna, and their two children.

Honors

Player

UNAM
Guadalajara
Seattle Sounders FC

Manager

Seattle Sounders FC - Assistant Manager

References

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