A.D. Isidro Metapán
|Full name||Asociación Deportiva
|Founded||1950(as Isidro Menendez)|
|Ground||Estadio Jorge Calero Suárez,
Metapán, El Salvador
|Manager||Jorge Humberto Rodríguez|
|Apertura 2013||Primera Division, Champions, 1st|
|Website||Club home page|
Asociación Deportiva Isidro Metapán, also known simply as Isidro Metapán, is a Salvadoran football club based in Metapán, El Salvador. The club currently plays in the Primera División, which is the top tier football league in the country. Isidro Metapán recently has emerged as one of the top clubs of El Salvador, having won a total of ten first division titles in the last fifteen seasons.
- 1 History
- 2 Sponsorship
- 3 Home stadiums
- 4 Honours
- 5 Performance in International competitions
- 6 Records and statistics
- 7 Current squad
- 8 Personnel
- 9 List of Notable players
- 10 List of Coaches
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The team's history goes back to calero in the 1950s. They were founded by Adan Heredia Martínez and Professor José Castro under the name of Club Deportivo Isidro Menéndez. In 1986, the team, now named CESSA, were promoted to First Division. Before the start of the competition, a general meeting of partners and organisations, decided to change the club name from CESSA to Metapán F. C. and changed their kit colors to yellow shirt, blue shorts and white short Their first two seasons in the First Division saw them finished in eighth place. For the 1988 season they finished in seventh place. After the 1991–92 season the club was relegated to the Segunda División after losing the race against Cojutepeque F.C..
The owners decided to change name and remodel to Metapán F.C. and through a partnership with Isidro Menéndez were reformed to Asociación Deportiva Isidro Metapan . The club returned to the Primera Division in 2001, after defeating Jocoro F.C. 3–2 in the final promotion. Since being promoted they have achieved great consistency, playing in seven finals, winning six and only losing one. In their first ever final for the Apertura 2005, they lost to Vista Hermosa 2–0. A.D. Isidro Metapán's greatest moment in their history came in the Clausura 2007 when they defeated Luis Ángel Firpo 1–0 in extra time to win their first title. Isidro Metapán qualified to their first CONCACAF Champions League in the 2008–09 edition. They however did not manage to get past the Preliminary Round and exited early from the competition. A.D. Isidro Metapán achieved its second title in the Apertura 2008 when they won a penalty shootout against C.D. Chalatenango 4–3 after a three all draw. On 24 May 2009, they won their third title in history against L.A. Firpo in a 1–0 win with a goal from Alexander Amaya in the 58th minute. That one goal would be enough to give the club the victory as well as the title. With that title, Metapán crowned themselves champions for a second consecutive time, winning the previous tournament as well. The club qualified to the 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League, making their second appearance in this competition. Unfortunately, the club showed a poor performance, and were eliminated in the group stage. On 23 May 2010, they won their fourth title in history against Águila in a 3–2 win with goals from Léster Blanco and Paolo Suárez. That title made history for the club, enabling them to win the league at least once from 2007–2010. Paolo Suárez is the best striker in the long history of the club.
On 19 December 2010 Metapan went on to win their fifth title in the club history thanks to a penalty shootout victory over San Salvadorian Alianza F.C. 4–3 after both side couldn't score in both normal and extra time.
The club went on to have their most successful season reaching the quarter final of the CONCACAF Champions League with impressive victory over Mexican team Santos Laguna (2–0) and UNAM Pumas (2–1), Honduran team Real España (2–1) and (3–2), and Puerto Rican team Puerto Rico Islanders (2–0). However in the quarter final despite winning the first leg against UNAM Pumas at home they went on to lose the away leg (8–0) ending their journey in the competition.
On 8 December 2011 Metapan went on to win their sixth title in the club history after a 1–0 victory over Once Municipal the lone goal coming from Paolo Suárez in the 51st minute. On December 16, 2012 Isidro Metapan faced Alianza F.C. in the Apertura Final, making it the second time these two teams face each other in the Primera Division cup final. Metapans top goal scorer Nicolas Munoz scored a free-kick in extra time. However Sean Fraser from Alianza equalized the final with a header just three minutes later, making it 1-1. Going into penalties for their second time against Alianza F.C. in a cup final, Isidro Metapan Won 6-5. Winning their seventh historic cup win in the Primera Division.
Isidro Metapan on 15 December 2013 went on to win their eighth title in the history of the club after a 1-0 victory over C.D. FASthe lone goal coming from Andres Flores in the 85th mintue. On May 25, 2014 Isidro Metapan won the Primer Division title for the ninth time in the club history, defeating C.D. Dragon on penalties 6-5.
On December, 2014 Metapan won their 3rd straight title and their tenth overall title in the club history, defeating C.D. Aguila in penalties 3-2. The game was tied 1-1 after extra time thanks to goals by Nicolas Munoz for Metapan and Gilberto Baires for Aguila.
The team currently plays in the Estadio Jorge Calero Suárez. The stadium is located in Metapan, Santa Ana. A new stadium is currently being built and is expected to be finished in the year 2015 or 2016
- Estadio Jorge Calero Suárez (2000–)
- Primera División: 10
- (10) – ::Clausura 2007, Apertura 2008, Clausura 2009, Clausura 2010, Apertura 2010, Apertura 2011, Apertura 2012, Apertura 2013, Clausura 2014, Apertura 2014
Performance in International competitions
- Copa Interclubes UNCAF: 1 appearance
- CONCACAF Champions League: 7 appearances
- Copa Mesoamericana: 1 appearance
Records and statistics
Squad Changes for Clausura 2015
Players with dual citizenship
Numbers of honour
15 – retired in 2011 in recognition of goalkeeper Alvaro Misael Alfaro. Alfaro was a major player for Metapan who suffered a neck injury which forced him to retire from the game. In 2011, the number was brought out of retirement and given to back-up goalkeeper 
18 – retired in 2011 in recognition of midfielder Nelson Rivera. R Rivera was shot in the head and died after unknown gunmen attacked the car he was traveling in. The number was brought out of retirement in 2012 .
Current coaching staff
- As of December 2014.
|Manager||Jorge Humberto Rodríguez|
|Assistant manager||José Oswaldo Figueroa|
|Goalkeeper coach||Adolfo Menéndez|
|Physical Trainer||René Ramírez|
List of Notable players
|Hector Omar Mejia||MF||2000||TBD|
List of Coaches
Isidro Metapan has had 8 permanent managers since the club was formed after the merger of Metapan F.C. and Isidro Melendez FC. Edwin Portillo holds the record for most championships won withe club with 7, longest-serving manager in terms of time consecutively of time with 8 years between 2006 and 2013, and most tenures as coach of Metapan with 4. Jorge Humberto Rodriguez the current manager holds the record with most consecutive titles with three. This list also includes the coaches who coached CESSA/Metapan F.C. and Isidro Melendez
- Official Website
- Municipal news of Metapán
- http://www.geocities.com/maradona1o/ (Archived 2009-10-24)
A.D. Isidro Metapán
|Primera División de Fútbol Profesional
Clausura 2009 (Third title)