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Guiterrez cleared to join national team, is called in for Costa Rica match.

U.S. soccer MIDFIELDER / DEFENDER
Diego Gutierrez
Height: 5-7 (1.71 m).
Weight: 155 (70 kg).
Born: November 3, 1972, in Bogota, Colombia.
Hometown: Chicago, IL.
College: Rockhurst College.
Club: Chicago Fire (MLS).

National Team
Year Record GP/GS G A Pts
2000 - - - - -
Total - - - - -
Professional
Year Club GP/GS G A Pts
1996 Kansas City Wizards (MLS) 28/24 0 4 4
1998 Chicago Fire (MLS) 13/8 0 3 3
1999 Chicago Fire (MLS) 28/25 3 5 11
2000 Chicago Fire (MLS) 24/23 2 13 17
Total (MLS) 93/80 5 25 35
MLS Champion - 1998
College
Year Team GP/GS G A Pts
1992 Univ. of Evansville - - - -
1994 Rockhurst College 21/21 16 10 42
1995 Adelphi Univ. 21/21 23 18 64
Total 42/42 39 28 106

U.S. National Team: First Appearance: none.

Colombia National Team: Played for the Colombian Under-17 and Under-20 National Teams from August 1987 to January 1990 ... Played in the Youth World Championship in Scotland in 1989 after helping Colombia to the Youth South American Championship in 1988.

Professional: 1998: Missed the first 15 games due to a devastating knee injury in March of 1997 ... Filled in after an injury to Ritchie Kotschau in late July and played so well he retained the job the rest of the way ... Showed why he was one of the most sought-after players after MLS' inaugural season, as he helped lead Chicago to a title, getting forward and being an offensive threat as well as playing excellent defense ... Scored the second goal for Chicago - and his first ever MLS goal - at MLS Cup '98, helping Chicago to its first championship ... Started and played in all but one minute of Chicago's five playoff matches for 449 minutes ... 1997: Missed the '97 season due to a ruptured ACL and MCL in his left knee ... 1996: Made five assists ... Appeared in 28 of 32 Wizards games, starting 24 of them and playing a total of 2,069 minutes ... 1995: Played as an amateur with the Colorado Springs Stampede (USISL) during the summer of 1995, twice being named to the USISL Team of the Week.

College: Closed out his collegiate career with an MVP performance in the Umbro Select NAIA All-Star Game played prior to the MLS College Draft on March 4 ... Earned first-team NAIA All-America and NSCAA All-America honors in his two seasons at Rockhurst before turning pro after his junior season.

Personal: Likes watching the Discovery Channel ... Is fluent in Spanish ... Plans for life after soccer include broadcasting. Likes walking along Chicago's "Magnificent Mile" ... Enjoys educational books, Latin music and drama films ... Likes spending time with wife Ginna and newborn, Mia.

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