SAN ANTONIO, Texas – El Salvador international Richard Menjivar has signed with the San Antonio Scorpions, the North American Soccer League club announced Tuesday.
The 23-year-old midfielder, born in the United States, earned selection to the 2013 NASL Best XI after completing an outstanding season with the Atlanta Silverbacks, where he scored two goals in 24 games.
"Menjivar is the quintessential type of player we are looking to add to our roster…a very driven, young player coming off of a Best Eleven year in the NASL, and with the experience of winning a championship in our league.” Said San Antonio head coach Alen Marcina. “He's a dynamic box to box player who not only generates and facilitates attacks, but also astutely reads the game defensively.
“He's a fantastic signing for our organization."
An emerging international talent, Menjivar started in all four of El Salvador’s encounters at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and appeared in all but one of the team’s 11 total matches last year.
He also helped the Cuscatlecos to a third-place finish at the 2013 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana, the region’s championship for national teams that doubles as a qualifying tournament for the Gold Cup.
In 2012, Menjivar represented El Salvador in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying finals. Against the U.S., he went 90 minutes in a 3-3 draw - a result that eliminated the Americans from London 2012 contention.
The Scorpions will start preseason training on February 10 with the home opener at Toyota Field scheduled for April 12 against Minnesota United.