• Wednesday Dec 20, 2017

    Zelaya delighted by Alianza’s historic title run

    Alianza forward Rodolfo Zelaya (white jersey) in action against Santa Tecla during the Salvadoran Apertura final on December 17, 2017, in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Photo courtesy of Primera División de Fútbol Profesional de El Salvador)

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – After striking for two goals in Alianza’s 4-1 win over two-time defending champion Santa Tecla in the 2017 Salvadoran Apertura final on Sunday, Rodolfo Zelaya was ecstatic.

    It was his third domestic title with the Albos, which lifted the trophy for only the second time in the last 13 short tournaments.

    “We are the country’s best team,” said the 29-year-old Zelaya. “We have the best fans and now we showed it on the field. It was a job done by the entire team. We deserved the title. This title comes thanks to the support of everyone. We did a great job.”

    Making the accomplishment even more significant is the fact that Alianza completed the season unbeaten with an overall record of 16W-11D-0L, overcoming a Santa Tecla side that defeated it in the previous two finals (2016 Apertura, 2017 Clausura).

    “We enter into Salvadoran football history,” finished Zelaya. “Santa Tecla believed that it had won the final before playing it, but a final is played on the field. We lost the previous two finals (against Santa Tecla), but now it’s time to celebrate.”

    By virtue of its championship, Alianza will compete in either the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League or the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.

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