Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
OBITUARY: Christian 'Chucho' Benitez
July 30th, 2013 2:37AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Christian "Chucho" Benitez, who won three scoring titles in the Mexican league and played for Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup, died at age 27 on Monday after making his debut for Qatar club El Jaish on Sunday.

Benitez was hospitalized with severe stomach pain hours after the Sheikh Jassem Cup and died shortly afterward. Early reports cited cardio-respiratory arrest.

"This morning we woke feeling profound pain, a pain that all Ecuadorans share, after losing an extraordinary human being, a son, friend, husband and player," Ecuadoran federation president Luis Chiriboga said in a statement.

The Quito native left El Nacional for Mexico’s Santos Laguna at age 21. He scored 17 goals in his first season and was named the best player in the 2008 Torneo Clausura as Santos, where he was teammates with U.S. defender Edgar Castillo, won the title.

After a second season at Santos, Benitez joined Birmingham City, then playing in the English Premier League, on loan, but eventually returned to Mexico when an agreement on a transfer fee could not be reached between Santos and Birmingham.

After his return to Mexico in 2010, he won one scoring title with Santos and two with Club America, with which he lifted the league championship last May.


3 comments
  1. John Paz
    commented on: July 30, 2013 at 9:04 a.m.
    I wonder if the heat of Qatar had anything to do with this. One can't help but wonder.

  1. Shane Watkins
    commented on: July 30, 2013 at 12:55 p.m.
    I doubt that the games are played in Qatar at peek heat times, but it is 108 degrees there as we speak. I really wonder how many and how much FIFA officials got paid off to vote for a Qatar world cup. They are going to have to make some serious changes somehow to host a summer world cup in Qatar. All the games after the sun goes down? Such a sad story for such a promising young footballer.

  1. Joe Smith
    commented on: July 30, 2013 at 6:28 p.m.
    Stomach pain (Nausea) is one of the symptoms of heat stroke!!!. Anybody playing above a 100degrees it is at very high risk for heat stroke or anything related, due to the physiology of the body, trying to compensate for such critical temperatures imposed in the human body, specifically the brain. Can anyone imaging yourself playing in a much higher temperature during the summer- Above 110 degrees?(I work in the healthcare field for the past 22 years.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. U-18s split two-game series with Germany    
The U.S. under-18 men's national team dropped a 3-2 decision to Germany's U-18s to finish with ...
MLS Trade Central: Friday's deals    
After two disastrous years in England, Brek Shea is back in MLS, signing with expansion club ...
MLS lines up exciting tripleheader for first Sunday    
MLS will open its 2015 season on March 6 when the defending champion LA Galaxy hosts ...
Video Pick: Alex Meier on Fire     
The leading scorer in the Europe's highest scoring league is a player you may not have ...
What They're Saying: Chris Wondolowski    
"I'm not over it. I'm not sure I'll ever get over it. [Pause] I actually think ...
U.S. U-20s win at San Pedro Sula    
San Pedro Sula is no easy place to play as the USA (2-1 loser in the ...
Press and Lloyd combine for all seven in U.S. win    
After a tie and loss in its first two games at the Torneio Internacional da Brasilia, ...
What They're Saying: Juergen Klopp    
"He took a wrong turn at some point. But everything is back to normal now. He ...
TV Report: MLS expansion teams ink local deals    
As expected, New York City FC has entered into a multi-year agreement with YES Network, while ...
Timbers land Wake's Vidovich to run T2    
The Portland Timbers, who dipped into the college ranks to get head coach Caleb Porter, have ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives