Club: DC United
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Marco Antonio Etcheverry Vargas (born September 26, 1970 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra) is a former Bolivian football (soccer) midfielder, considered as one of the best Bolivian players of all time.
Etcheverry, nicknamed El Diablo, joined D.C. United of Major League Soccer in its inaugural season of 1996, and led the team to three MLS Cups and was named MLS MVP in 1998. In eight years with the team, Etcheverry played 191 league games, scoring 34 goals and registering 101 assists (the games and assists are DC records). He retired at the end of the 2003 season. In 2005, he was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI.
Etcheverry was trained at Bolivia's Tahuichi Academy, after which he played professionally with Bolivian sides (Destroyers, Bolivar, Oriente Petrolero), Spain (Albacete), Chile (Colo-Colo), Colombia (América de Cali) and Ecuador (Barcelona, Emelec).
On September 23, 2006, Etcheverry was honored at a home game against the New York Red Bulls. During halftime he was put up on the "D.C. United Tradition of Excellence" sign in the stadium. The only other person on that wall is John Harkes. After all of this Etcheverry walked over to the La Barra Brava part of the stadium and did his trademark clap in front of them, he would do after every game win or lose.
On October 20, 2007, Etcheverry was honored with a tribute match at RFK Stadium, prior to United's regular-season finale versus Columbus. Etcheverry is the first United player to be so honored. Etcheverry, playing with teammates from the club's 1997 MLS Cup winning side, defeated Hollywood United (a collection of former players and actors), 2–1, with Etcheverry drawing and scoring the winning penalty in the final minute.
Etcheverry compiled 71 caps and scored 13 goals for the Bolivian national team between 1989 and 2003. He played for them in the 1994 World Cup, where he is remembered most for getting sent off just minutes after entering the tournament's opening game against Germany for kicking Germany's striker Lothar Matthaus. However, he was a critical part of Bolivia's qualifying campaign for that tournament, scoring an especially vital goal to help Bolivia beat Brazil.
Bolivia: 71 appearances | 13 goals
1984-1989 Deportivo Quito 147 appearances | 38 goals
1986–1989 Destroyers 81 appearances | 17 goals
1990–1991 Bolívar 99 appearances | 29 goals
1992–1993 Albacete Balompié 15 appearances | 2 goals
1994 Colo Colo 28 appearances | 8 goals
1995 América de Cali 21 appearances
1996–2003 D.C. United 190 appearances | 34 goals
1997 Barcelona SC (loan) 13 appearances | 6 goals
1998 Emelec (loan) 6 appearances
1999 Barcelona SC (loan)
2001Oriente Petrolero (loan)
2004 Bolívar 7 appearances
1996 MLS Cup - D.C. United
1996 U.S. Open Cup - D.C. United
1997 MLS Cup - D.C. United
1997 Serie A de Ecuador - Barcelona S.C. Ecuadorian League Championship
1998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
1998 Copa Interamericana - D.C. United
1999 MLS Cup - D.C. United
2001 Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano - Oriente Petrolero
*MLS All-Time Best XI
*1996 - MLS Cup
*1998 - Major League Soccer MVP
*2002 - MLS All-Star Game MVP
*3rd with more assists in the history of the MLS (101)
*Participated in seven "All-Star Games"
*Selected the best team in the league four consecutive seasons from 1996-1999.