SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The New York Red Bulls fined midfielder Amado Guevara $4,000 on Tuesday for leaving the field after being replaced in the 55th minute of their 1-1 tie against the Chicago Fire.
Guevara, Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player Award winner in 2004, also was suspended for Saturday's home game against Chivas USA.
"I'm very disappointed in Amado," Red Bulls coach Mo Johnston said. "The name of the front of the jersey is more important than the name on the back."
The Red Bulls were leading 1-0 Saturday when Johnston replaced Guevara with rookie defender Marvell Wynne, drawing an exasperated look from the Honduran. Guevara walked off the field, showered and returned to watch the rest of the game in the stands with his wife.
Guevara said through an interpreter he saw no reason to remain on the bench since he could not return to the field. Johnston said he replaced Guevara for lack of hustle and creativity.
This was the latest squabble between Guevara and management. He received permission to train with a former club in Honduras over the New Year's holiday, but he played in games against orders. He arrived late for preseason training and criticized then general manager Alexi Lalas.
The Red Bulls have played five ties this season and are the only winless team in MLS.