Ronald Cerritos

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Cerritos and the second or maternal family name is Flores.
Ronald Cerritos
Personal information
Full name Ronald Osvaldo Cerritos Flores
Date of birth (1975-01-03) January 3, 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth San Salvador, El Salvador
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1997 ADET
1997–2001 San Jose Clash 118 (55)
2002–2003 Dallas Burn 38 (7)
2003–2004 D.C. United 20 (2)
2004 Alianza
2005 San Jose Earthquakes 30 (6)
2006 Houston Dynamo 15 (0)
2006–2007 San Salvador 48 (9)
2008 Real Maryland Monarchs 15 (2)
2008 Carolina RailHawks 7 (1)
National team
1993–2008 El Salvador 70 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ronald Osvaldo Cerritos Flores (born January 3, 1975 in San Salvador) is a former Salvadoran footballer, who played as a striker.

Cerritos is the all-time leader in assists of the Major League Soccer team, the San Jose Earthquakes, with 47.

Club career[edit]

Cerritos has spent the bulk of his career playing in MLS, being signed by the league on March 21, 1997 and allocated to the San Jose Clash. While with San Jose he achieved great success, being named in the MLS Best XI in his first year with the club. In the offseason after 2001, however, Cerritos was traded to the Dallas Burn for Ariel Graziani. He never was able to settle in Dallas, having trouble earning a starting spot, and struggling with injuries.

After a year and a half at Dallas, during which he scored seven goals, Cerritos was traded to D.C. United for Ali Curtis and a first-round pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. Cerritos again was largely unproductive in D.C. and was cut midway through the 2004 season because his performances were not justifying his large salary, and returned to play for Alianza in his native El Salvador. After the season with Alianza he returned to MLS and his original team, with San Jose acquiring him from DC for a draft pick. During his returning season, Cerritos scored an additional 6 goals. He is 2nd on San Jose's all time scoring list, with 61 goals and also has the honor of having the most assists, with 47. Shortly after his return to the Earthquakes, however, Cerritos was moved to Houston for the 2006 season along with his teammates. Despite his success with San Jose his resulting stint with the Houston Dynamo was short-lived, as he was released in August 2006.

He was later signed by San Salvador F.C. on a two-year deal and became an outstanding performer week in and week out, soon being recalled to the El Salvador national team to participate in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States.

In November 2007, Cerritos signed a two-year contract with expansion Real Maryland FC USL Second Division.[1] He played fifteen games, scoring two goals,[2] but was released by the team after their 6–0 loss to the Richmond Kickers, a game in which he did not play. On July 31, 2008, Cerritos signed with the Carolina RailHawks of the USL First Division. He finished the season with the RailHawks, but was not signed by the team for the 2009 season.

At half time of the match between the San Jose Earthquakes and Chicago Fire on September 29, 2010, Cerritos became the second player inducted into the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame.[3][4]

International career[edit]

Cerritos has been a mainstay in the El Salvador national team, having made over 60 appearances.[5] He made his debut for the national team against the USA on 5 December 1993 and scored his first goal for El Salvador in a 3–2 victory over Trinidad and Tobago on January 10, 1996 in a 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup match.

On March 5, 2000 in a FIFA World Cup qualification match against Belize, Cerritos scored El Salvador's 400th goal in all senior international matches.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list El Salvador's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 January 1996 Edison International Field, Anaheim, United States  Trinidad and Tobago 2–0 3–2 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2 25 September 1996 Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Guatemala 1–1 2–1 Friendly match
3 29 May 1999 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, United States  Colombia 2–1 2–1 Friendly match
4 5 March 2000 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Belize 3–0 5–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 6 February 2008 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Anguilla 5–0 12–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 6 February 2008 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Anguilla 10–0 12–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 6 February 2008 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Anguilla 12–0 12–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 26 March 2008 RFK Stadium, Washington D.C., United States  Anguilla 1–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

In his spare time, he enjoys playing cards and playing basketball with his friends. He enjoys spending time with his two sons and his favourite basketball team are the Los Angeles Lakers. He currently lives in Montgomery County, Maryland.

He now coaches his own soccer team for kids named International Cerritos Soccer Academy. He also coaches two U-15 club teams Calverton Revolution and Potomac Warriors.

Honors[edit]

Major League Soccer

San Jose Earthquakes[edit]

  • MLS Cup Winners (1): 2001
  • Inducted to San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame: 2010

References[edit]

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