306-guevara-091124

Amado Guevara was one of eight players left unprotected by Toronto FC in advance of the 2009 MLS expansion draft for the Philadelphia Union. ((Nathan Denette/Canadian Press))

Amado Guevara is going home.

The talented playmaker has signed with hometown side Club Deportivo Motagua in his native Tegucigalpa, Honduras, after being let go by Major League Soccer's Toronto FC.

Guevara's contract with Toronto expires at the end of December and the MLS club decided not to ink the Honduran to an extension. Guevara's deal with Motagua is for two years, according to newspaper reports in Honduras.

Toronto also announced Thursday it would not pick up the contract options of Argentine forward Pablo Vitti and Haitian midfielder Lesly Fellinga.

"After sitting with [coach] Preki, and the rest of the coaching staff, we have decided this is the direction the club would like to go," Toronto general manager Mo Johnston said in a news release.

"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."

The departure of Guevara, 33, hardly comes as a surprise.

In October, prior to Toronto FC's last game of the regular season, he told CBCSports.ca that he was unsure about his future, and whether or not he would be back in 2010.

He was also left unprotected by Toronto during last month's MLS expansion draft.

Nicknamed El Lobo (The Wolf), Guevara joined Toronto in April 2008 via a trade with Chivas USA.

Prior to his stint with Chivas, Guevara played for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars (later renamed the New York Red Bulls) where he won the 2004 MLS scoring title and league MVP award.

Guevara's speed, dribbling ability, vision and creativity in midfield — along with his free kick expertise — made him one of the most dangerous and entertaining players to watch in MLS.

He also occasionally flashed his temper. After being subbed out of a game while playing for New York in 2006, Guevara left the field and went straight to the locker room and eventually ended up watching the rest of the game in the stands with his wife.

Predrag (Preki) Radosavljevic, who was named Toronto FC's new coach last month, also had history with Guevara. The Honduran played under the veteran coach with Chivas in 2007, but he appeared in only a handful of games and was traded to Toronto after Preki publicly questioned his desire.

Guevara received mixed reviews during his time as a member of Toronto FC.

While he wowed the fans from time to time with moments of brilliance, he just as often left them frustrated with his uneven and inconsistent performances.

His hefty salary ($323,750 in 2009), the arrival of Canadian midfielder Julian de Guzman in September, and his past run-ins with Preki appear to have paved the way for his departure from Toronto.

Guevara is the captain and all-time appearances leader (130) of the Honduran national team set to compete in South Africa at the 2010 World Cup. Honduras's only previous World Cup appearance came in 1982 in Spain when it bowed out in the first round.