Alfredo Pacheco

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Alfredo Pacheco
Personal information
Full name Alfredo Alberto Pacheco
Date of birth (1982-12-01) December 1, 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth Santa Ana, El Salvador
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender/Left Wing-back
Youth career
1996–1999 FAS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2010 FAS 239 (31)
2009 New York Red Bulls (loan) 14 (0)
2010–2011 Águila 25 (3)
2011–2013 Isidro Metápan 78 (15)
National team
2000–2002 El Salvador U20 14 (2)
2002 El Salvador U21 5 (2)
2003 El Salvador U23 6 (2)
2002–2013 El Salvador 86 (7)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 12, 2012.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2012

Alfredo Pacheco (born December 1, 1982 in Santa Ana) is a Salvadoran footballer who has the record for most appearances for his national team.



Pacheco has spent his entire career with one of El Salvador's biggest clubs, FAS. After moving through the junior ranks and into the first team reserves, he was given his first chance to play in the Salvadoran Primera División in 2001. He made his professional debut on March 3, 2001, in a league match against C.D. Municipal Limeño. In 2005, he was named club captain, and has been so ever since.

On February 18, 2009 it was announced that New York Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio had traveled to El Salvador with the hopes of bringing Pacheco to Major League Soccer. Pacheco had been scouted for several months, most notably during FIFA World Cup qualification matches, as well as during the UNCAF Nations Cup tournament. It was initially announced that Pacheco signed with New York Red Bulls on March 5, 2009,[1] but due to difficulties surrounding his International Transfer Card [2] the New York front office did not officially announce his signing until April 17, 2009.[3] In the meantime Pacheco started training with the Red Bulls on April 7, 2009 [4] and after his official signing made his first appearance on April 18, 2009. After a bright start, Pacheco struggled on the field for New York, and the team terminated his loan deal before the end of the season.[5] Pacheco signed a two-year contract with C.D. Águila on June 30, 2010.[6] However, he left the club just one year into his contract with Aguila to join Isidro Metápan starting with the 2011/12 season.


Pacheco began his international career with El Salvador's U-20 national team in 2000. He took part in the 2003 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament, which was held throughout 2002. Unfortunately, El Salvador failed to qualify for the FIFA World Youth Championship that was to be held in the United Arab Emirates.

That same year Pacheco was also part of the El Salvador U-23 team that won the Central American and Caribbean Games gold medal, after defeating Mexico in the final.

Again, that same year, Pacheco received his first cap with the men's national team. This was on November 17, 2002 in a friendly match against the USA. Pacheco scored his first goal for El Salvador, off a free-kick vs Costa Rica in a 2003 Gold Cup Quarterfinals match. Pacheco is currently the top most capped player of all-time for El Salvador with 86 caps.

On September 20, 2013, Pacheco was one of 14 Salvadoran players banned for life due to their involvement with match fixing.[7]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list El Salvador's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 19 July 2003 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States  Costa Rica 1-1 2-5 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2 20 June 2004 Bermuda National Stadium, Hamilton, Bermuda  Bermuda 1-1 2-2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 20 June 2004 Bermuda National Stadium, Hamilton, Bermuda  Bermuda 2-2 2-2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 22 January 2008 Norman Broaster Stadium, San Ignacio, Belize  Belize 1-0 1-0 Friendly match
5 24 January 2009 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Belize 1-0 4-1 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup
6 24 January 2009 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Belize 2-0 4-1 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup
7 12 June 2012 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Mexico 1-1 1-2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification


C.D. FAS[edit]

A.D. Isidro Metapán[edit]



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