15 Years On | Alejandro Hurtado | Football Manager Stories

In the previous part of VivaGlobetrotting you will have found out that Alejandro Hurtado has left Chicago Fire in the MLS to join an unnamed Spanish La Liga team.

As it is 2031, it seems an appropriate point to take a look back at some of Hurtado’s past clubs to see how they are getting on now.

It also serves the purpose of a reminder of our journey so far since we began this save back in November 2016.

So, let’s begin with Alejandro Hurtado’s first job in management: Deportes Puerto Montt.

Deportes Puerto Monttdeportes puerto montt

Under Hurtado

2016-2017 (221 days in charge)

  • Matches: 17
  • Wins: 1

8th January 2017: Sacked after six months in charge.

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Since Hurtado

deportes puerto montt 2031

2023 table for dpm

Deportes Puerto Montt came so close to winning promotion to the Primera Division in 2023, finishing 2nd in the league behind Deportes Melipilla.

They’ve remained a Primera B side but will certainly look at the career of their sacked manager Hurtado and wonder what could have been.

Union San Felipeunion san felipe badge

Under Hurtado

2017-2023 (2433 days in charge)

  • 1 Primera title
  • 2 Primera B titles

Alejandro Hurtado took Union San Felipe from the depths of the second tier of Chile to the very top, beating the likes of Colo Colo and Universidad de Chile to win the Primera in 2022.

  • Matches: 253
  • Wins: 134

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Since Hurtado

Union San Felipe have dropped off from their title winning highs.

usf 2031

Since coming 3rd in Hurtado’s final season, USF have become a mid-table Primera side and have not been able to replicate the successes from earlier in the decade.

hurtado and guede

Alejandro Hurtado vs Pablo Guede. A clear winner emerges.

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Under Hurtado

2023-2026 (897 days in charge)

The 2025 seasons under Hurtado’s leadership remain the most infamous year in Tolima’s history.

3 penalty shootout losses in 3 finals (Apertura, Finalizacion and Colombian Cup) put the wheels in motion for Hurtado’s departure the following summer.

  • Matches: 140
  • Wins: 68

Since Hurtado

tolima in 2031

Like Union San Felipe, Deportes Tolima have been unable to build on the progress made by Hurtado throughout his time in Colombia. In two full seasons, Hurtado built Tolima into a top five club.

But Tolima have now dropped off, and in their most recent season finished 10th and 14th. An identical finish to that of Hurtado’s first season in charge of the Colombian side.

Club Atletico River Plateriver plate logo

Under Hurtado

2026-2028 (776 days in charge)

  • Matches: 111
  • Wins: 65

River Plate won the Argentine Primera two years in a row prior to Hurtado’s arrival at the club. This showed that he had a good squad capable of winning the league again and perhaps pushing for Copa Libertadores success.

But in two full seasons at the club, Hurtado failed to live up to the high expectations, finishing 3rd in both seasons. He did, however, win one Argentinian Cup to lift his spirits slightly.

Since Hurtado

River Plate have improved to become the top side in Argentina once more. In three seasons without the Chilean, their league finishes have been 2nd, 1st and 1st.

river plate 2031

The latest season won’t show on the graph, but two league wins since Hurtado’s departure proves that River Plate will be seen as a failure on Hurtado’s CV.

Chicago Firechicago fire

Under Hurtado

2028-2031 (962 days in charge)

  • Matches: 76
  • Wins: 21

Hurtado took charge of Chicago Fire in 2028 when they had just eight playable players. The rest of the squad were made up of greyed out players.

Over three years at the club, Hurtado built a side that were competitive and difficult to beat but left before any successes could be had with the team. He led Chicago to a 14th place finish in his final full season in the MLS.

Since Hurtado

Despite having only just left Chicago Fire, we have actually completed one full season at our new club. Let’s take a peek at how Chicago Fire performed in the 2031 season!

mls supporters shield 2031

An incredible season saw Chicago Fire come second in the MLS Supporters Shield, winning their Eastern Conference in the process.

Would Chicago have performed this well with Hurtado in charge? Perhaps. But it must be said that the squad that Hurtado built, from just eight playable players in 2028, is a truly brilliant achievement.

Chicago owe a lot to the Chilean manager.

Colombia

In 2025 Alejandro Hurtado took up the role of Colombian national manager. He oversaw the team progress through to the 2026 World Cup where he led them to a Quarter Final.

To see more about our World Cup campaign follow this link.

Hurtado resigned as manager of Colombia after the 2026 World Cup to focus on his club career.

15 Years as a Manager

  • Matches: 608
  • Wins: 296
  • Draws: 136
  • Losses: 176

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hurtado history

Top Honours

2x Chilean Primera B

1x Chilean Primera

1x Copa Argentina

Alejandro Hurtado’s next move

So where has our manager ended up. In the last part of VivaGlobetrotting we said that he had been offered a role at a well established club in the Spanish La Liga.

And it can be confirmed that Celta Vigo have signed Alejandro Hurtado on a two year deal!

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Thanks for reading this 15 year review of our VivaGlobetrotting adventure.

It has certainly been one of my favourite ever FM saves and I hope it can continue until a satisfying end with Alejandro Hurtado winning the Champions League with Sevilla.

Let’s hope we can make it there!

VivaLaVidaFM

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