Salvadoran Power L.A. Firpo to Play Monarchs
By Max Lom
Real Maryland will have the chance to test themselves against one of Central America’s top club teams as Salvadorian champions Luis Angel Firpo travel to the Maryland SoccerPlex for a game between the two sides on Friday, June 27 at 8:00pm.
Tickets will cost $20 and can be purchased in advance over the phone, or at the gate. Fans are encouraged to call Real Maryland at 301-933-6460 for tickets to the game.
The game can be used as a measuring stick by both teams. The Monarchs can use it to see how far they have come in their inaugural season, while Firpo will find out how well prepared they are for the upcoming season in El Salvador, where they will have to defend their title, as well as make their first appearance in the brand new CONCACAF Champions League.
Firpo has won the Salvadoran Premier League 9 times in its history, including the last two league titles, and finished second in the CONCACAF Champions Cup in 1995.
The club, which plays its home games at Estadio Sergio Torres in Usulután, has been home to some of El Salvador’s best players of the modern era. Both striker Raul Diaz Arce, the country’s all-time leading goal-scorer with 39 goals, and midfielder Mauricio Cienfuegos have played for the team.
In five years with the club in the early 1990’s, Diaz Arce scored 150 goals and won the league title three times. Cienfuegos joined the team in 1988 and also won three trophies there, before leaving for Mexico, and then returning once again in 1994. In 1996, both players signed for Major League Soccer clubs in the league’s first year, and were major contributors in the early years of the league.Currently, the club’s goalkeeper, Juan Jose Gomez, is a regular in the El Salvador squad which is in the midst of a tough Concacaf World Cup qualifying tie with Panama.