After a one-year hiatus following the retirement of his 13-year professional career, Gonzalo Pineda returned to Sounders FC as an Assistant Coach on January 20, 2017. The 34-year-old brings a wealth of experience to the coaching staff, with a playing career that included over 200 appearances in Mexico from 2002-2013 before two successful seasons in MLS. Pineda joined Sounders FC prior to the 2014 season, making 56 league appearances over two seasons and recording four goals and nine assists.
The central midfielder began his professional career with UNAM Pumas, where he spent three seasons and captured the 2004 Liga MX Clausura and Apertura titles. He joined Chivas Guadalajara in 2006, where he made over 100 appearances in three seasons before separate one-year loan stints with San Luis, Cruz Azul, Puebla and Queretaro. With Sounders FC, Pineda was an integral part of the 2014 squad that won the Supporters’ Shield and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Born in Mexico City, Pineda earned 44 career caps for the Mexican National Team and participated in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, where he made four appearances as Mexico advanced to the Round of 16. His lone international goal came in 2-1 loss to Colombia during the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Following his retirement on January 7, 2016, Pineda joined Univision, working as a soccer analyst for the American Spanish-language national broadcast network.
Pineda lives with his wife, Reyna, and their two children.