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Eduardo Hurtado
EDUARDO "TANQUE" HURTADO (27081602773).jpg
Hurtado in June 2016
Personal information
Full name Eduardo Estíguar Hurtado Roa
Date of birth (1969-12-02) 2 December 1969 (age 54)
Place of birth Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1986–1991 Centro Juvenil
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Valdez 50 (18)
1993 St. Gallen 22 (7)
1993 Colo-Colo 11 (4)
1994 Correcaminos 14 (1)
1994 Emelec 61 (33)
1995–1998 Los Angeles Galaxy 50 (30)
1996 Barcelona S.C. (loan) 7 (2)
1997 L.D.U. Quito (loan)
1998–1999 MetroStars 55 (17)
1998 L.D.U. Quito (loan) 11 (3)
1999 L.D.U. Quito (loan) 11 (3)
2000 New England Revolution 3 (0)
2000 L.D.U. Quito 20 (10)
2001 Argentinos Juniors 27 (7)
2001–2002 Hibernian 12 (1)
2002–2003 Barcelona S.C. 26 (8)
2003 El Nacional 6 (1)
2003 U. de Concepción 13 (6)
2004–2005 Audaz Octubrino 23 (19)
2005–2006 → Olmedo (loan) 51 (13)
2006 → Técnico Universitario (loan) 7 (5)
2006–2007 → Norte America (loan) 20 (11)
2007 Deportivo Pereira 1 (0)
2008 San Camilo 8 (0)
2010 Patria 6 (0)
Total 515 (189)
National team
1992–2002 Ecuador 74 (26)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Eduardo Estíguar Hurtado Roa (born 2 December 1969) is an Ecuadorian former footballer who played as a striker. He holds the record of being the 3rd all-time top goalscorer for the Ecuador national football team with 26 goals in 74 caps. He has played for teams in his home nation as well as Mexico, the United States, Scotland, Switzerland, Chile and Argentina. He was one of the early stars of America's Major League Soccer (MLS) scoring the second most goals in the league's opening season and helping the Los Angeles Galaxy make a run for the playoffs. He was active for nearly 20 years, retiring at 40 years old in 2010.


Hurtado, nicknamed El Tanque ("The Tank") for his towering frame and his aggressive playing style (trying to roll over everything in his path), has played for many teams in different countries. His first teams were now defunct Valdez Sporting Club from Milagro and Emelec from Guayaquil, in his native Ecuador. He also had stops in Switzerland, Chile, Mexico, the United States, Argentina, and Scotland. He later returned to Ecuador.

Major League Soccer

Hurtado was one of the early stars of Major League Soccer (MLS). In 1996, the league's first year, he finished second in goals, scoring 21 for the Los Angeles Galaxy. He scored three goals in the playoffs as the Galaxy fell short in the MLS Cup final and he was named to the MLS Best XI at the end of the season. After only scoring eight goals in 1997, Hurtado was traded to the MetroStars after two games into the 1998 season and finished the year with 11 goals and 15 assists (10 and 14 of those for the Metros), plus a goal in the playoffs.

After scoring two goals in the Metro season opener in 1999, Hurtado scored just five goals throughout the rest of the season. Playing for one of the worst teams in league history, he was criticized for missing easy goalscoring chances game after game. El Tanque became known as El Tanque, and the Metros let him go on waivers after the season. The New England Revolution picked him up, but he only lasted three goalless games there before getting released.

Post-MLS Career

Since his departure from MLS, Hurtado played for Liga Deportiva Universitaria, Argentinos Juniors, and then Hibernian, where he joined international teammate Ulises De La Cruz. Hurtado's spell with Hibernian was an unhappy one, as he was signed by Alex McLeish, who soon left the club to join Rangers. Hurtado was ineffective and was given a free transfer by Bobby Williamson.

He then played for Barcelona S.C., El Nacional, the team of Universidad de Concepción, and Audaz Octubrino from Machala. In 2004, he came back to the United States to play indoor soccer, signing with the Cleveland Force of the MISL in December. However, he couldn't adjust to the indoor game and was released in less than a month, returning to Ecuador to play for Olmedo. In 2006, he played for the 2nd Division club C.S. Norte América.

He surprisingly announced that he would transfer to Colombian football to sign for the 1st Division Club Deportivo Pereira. The Recordman said: "I feel like I'm 20 years old, I want to score in Colombia" in an interview with a local TV.

In 2008, he played in San Camilo of the Ecuadorian Second Division.

Finally, he decided to play his final season at 40 years old with the oldest team in Ecuador, Club Sport Patria, in the Second Division.



  •  Ecuador
    • Canada Cup: 1999
    • Korea Cup: 1995


  • MLS All-Star: 1996
  • MLS Best XI: 1996

See also

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