AD Isidro Metapán vs LA Galaxy, October 24, 2013. (Photo: Mexsport)
A seven-time Salvadoran champion, Isidro Metapán is one of two teams to qualify for all seven editions of the CONCACAF Champions League, joining Honduras’ Olimpia. In 2011/12, the Jaguares became the first Salvadoran team to reach the quarterfinals, falling to Pumas, despite winning the first leg 2-1 at home. Metapán’s crowning moment domestically came in 2007, when it won the first of nine league titles, beating Luis Angel Firpo in extra time to win the Clausura crown. Founded by Adan Martinez and Professor Jose Castro, the club was first known as Club Deportivo Isidro Menendez, but in 2000, it merged with Metapán FC to form Isidro Metapán. The squad is led by Panama international Nicolas Muñoz, who has 11 career CCL goals (6 in 2012/13, 5 in 2013/14) in and was the joint-top scorer in the 2012/13 Champions League with Santos’ Carlos Darwin Quintero. Remarkably, Muñoz has scored 11 of Metapán’s last 13 goals in the competition. Isidro Metapán will face Leon (Mexico) and Belmopan Bandits (Belize) in Group 7 play.