C.D. Dragón

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C.D. Dragón
CD Dragon.jpg
Full name Club Deportivo Dragón
Nickname(s) "Los Mitológicos", "Monstruo Verde", 'Escupefuego'
Founded 18 September 1939
Ground Estadio Juan Francisco Barraza,
San Miguel, El Salvador
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman El Salvador Juan Rivera
Manager Colombia Henry Vanegas[1]
League El Salvador Primera División
Clausura 2017 Primera División 11th place[2]

Club Deportivo Dragón is a Salvadoran football club, based in San Miguel, El Salvador; founded in 1939.

Dragón has won the league title twice in the 1951 and 1953 and finished as runner-up on three occasions. CD Dragón have played their home games at the 10,000 capacity Estadio Juan Francisco Barraza since 1956 when the stadium was built. Their traditional home kit consists of Green and White shirts (striped) with white shorts and green socks. The club has a long-standing rivalry with national opponents Águila, and matches between the two sides are known as the "Derby Migueleño".


C.D. Dragón was founded on 18 September 1939; during this period no national league was available, so they played against teams from different zones. Dragón represented San Miguel department. Dragón played their matches at the Estadio Charlaix, which would be their home stadium for several decades. Under the coaching of player-coach Esteban Blanco, the direction of Samuel Córdoba and key players such as Juan Francisco Barraza, Rómulo Granados and Domingo Flores, the club experienced their most successful period in the 1950s, when they won two league titles (1950–51, 1953–53) and lost two other championship finals.[3]

However, Dragón's fortune would change when a new club was founded during the latter part of the 1950s, Águila. Águila began to assume the mantle as the top representative of San Miguel and began to drain Dragón of quality players such as (Barraza, Blanco and others), sponsorship and fans which led to Dragón not only developing a fierce rivalry with Águila but also led to the club being relegated to the Second Division after the conclusion of the 1963–64 season.[4]

The club spent 13 years in the Second Division, during this time they were one of the founding members of UCLA (Unión de Clubes de Liga de Ascenso) in 1971. However, on 12 February 1977, under Brazilian coach Jorge Tupinambá who had previously coached ANTEL and Platense to the First Division, helped Dragón win their promotion game against Santiagueño 1–0 and helped elevate Dragón back to the First Division.[5]

Dragón's stay in the First Division was a short one (four years), the club only achieved two final series participations during the 1977–78, 1978–79 where they were quickly eliminated and the club was relegated to the Second Division after the conclusion of the 1980 season.

Under the coaching of former player and idol Juan Francisco Barraza, the club almost achieved promotion back to the First Division during the 1984–85 season; however, they lost their promotion game to CESSA and had to wait another four years to gain promotion.[6]

Mario Martínez, whose name will become entwined with Dragón, helped the club gain promotion to the First Division thanks to a 2–1 aggregate victory over Halcón de San Cayetano Istepeque, during this period a new crop of talented players were identified including future highest goalscorer for the El Salvador national football team Raúl Díaz Arce, Moisés "Pecho de Mono" González, and others. Despite the success, the club were struck with financial troubles and had to sell those players and in just one season the club was relegated back to the Second Division.

The club waited four years to achieve promotion once again thanks to the coaching of Miguel Aguilar Obando, who helped Dragón win their promotion game 4–0 over Arcense.

Their most recent spell in the top tier lasted from 1996 through 2003; during this period several players shone including Honduran Williams Reyes, William Torres and others and they achieved a few final series. However they were relegated back in 2003 to the Second Division and have played there for ten years.

Dragón won promotion to the First Division mainly due to the coaching of Mario Martínez second time in which he helped C.D. Dragón gain promotion, Dragón defeated Ciclón del Golfo over the two legs with an aggregate score of 3–1.[7]

Despite having a very poor Apertura campaign in which Mario Martínez was sacked and replaced by Nelson Ancheta, with the recruitment of club legend Williams Reyes and the emergence of stars like Rommel Mejía, Santos Ortíz, and Aurelio Vásquez the club reached the Clausura grand final (after disposing Santa Tecla in a play-off series 2–1, and defeating league leaders FAS in the semi-finals 1–0 on aggregate), However, despite the game ending 0–0 after 120 minutes, two missed penalties in the shootout meant that Isidro Metapán would win the grand final 6–5 on penalties.

On 29 of May, 2016, the club had its most successful period in its modern history under the guidance of Salvadorian Omar Sevilla, the club were able to win their first championship in 63 years (the Clausura 2016 final). Dragón won the match 1–0, Wilman Torres was the lone goal-scorer for Dragón in the final.[5].


Men's section[edit]

National titles[edit]


  • El Salvador Benefit Tournament: 1
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) (1) – :: 2000
  • Copa de la Historia: 0
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) (0) – :: 2015
  • Copa Roberto “Burra” Rivas: 1
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) (1) – :: 2016

Individual trophies[edit]

  • League Top Scorers (3):
1990–91 – El Salvador Raúl Díaz Arce (21 goals)
Apertura 2000 – Honduras Williams Reyes (17 goals)
Clausura 2014Honduras Williams Reyes (13 goals)

Performance in CONCACAF competitions[edit]

Best: Group stage in 2016
2016–17 : Group stage


Dragón plays its home games at Estadio Juan Francisco Barraza located in San Miguel, The stadium has a capacity of 10,000 people.

Club culture[edit]


There is currently one officially recognized supporters group, El Monstruo Verde[6].


Throughout their history, a dragon was the club's official mascot. On March 9, 2014, the club, after consultation with the fans, decided to call their mascot Mito [7].


Dragón's main rival is Águila. This stems from the fact that both teams come from the San Miguel region, and Águila, early in their history, were able to recruit several key Dragón players[citation needed]. The derby has been labelled Derbi Migueleño (the San Miguel Derby).


Shirt Manufacturer
  • Galaxia
  • Hotel Real Centro
  • Texas Casino
  • Arambaca

Current squad[edit]

As of Clausura 2017: [8][9] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 El Salvador GK Óscar Sánchez
2 El Salvador DF Luis Hernández (Vice-captain)
3 El Salvador DF Otoniel Carranza
4 El Salvador MF Edwin Lazo
5 Honduras MF Marcio Ayala
6 El Salvador MF Jefferson Polío
8 Brazil FW Jackson de Oliveira
9 Brazil FW Josielson Moraes
10 El Salvador FW Christian Bautista
11 Honduras FW Georgie Welcome
12 El Salvador DF Ronald Torres
14 El Salvador FW Kevin Melara
15 El Salvador DF Aurelio Vásquez
No. Position Player
16 El Salvador MF Óscar Portillo
17 El Salvador MF Áxel López
19 El Salvador MF Bladimir Osorio
20 El Salvador DF René Urrutia
21 El Salvador MF Blas Lizama
22 El Salvador GK Manuel González Capitán.
23 El Salvador MF Kerín Perlera
24 El Salvador DF Sergio Cruz
29 El Salvador MF Herberth Ulloa
30 El Salvador MF Carlos Monteagudo
47 El Salvador MF Zidane Martínez
48 El Salvador MF Jordy Bonilla

Out on loan[edit]

The following former first team players are currently on loan at other clubs

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
El Salvador MF TBD (at TBD for the 2017–18 season)
El Salvador FW TBD (at TBD for the 2017–18 season)
No. Position Player
El Salvador FW TBD (at TBD for the 2017–18 season)

Reserve Category Football[edit]

As of Apertura 2016:[10] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
36 El Salvador GK Amílcar Cabrera
37 El Salvador Fernando Fonseca
38 El Salvador Misael Enrique Alfaro
39 El Salvador Alfredo Orellana
41 El Salvador Ronald Torres
42 El Salvador Hugo Martínez
43 El Salvador Gérson Colato
No. Position Player
44 El Salvador Herberth Gómez
45 El Salvador Melvin Ochoa
46 El Salvador Kevin Martínez
48 El Salvador Jordy Bonilla
49 El Salvador Ronald Arias
53 El Salvador Diego Reyes
29/63 El Salvador Kelvin Melara


Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Colombia Henry Vanegas
Assistant Managers El Salvador Adonay Franco
Reserve Manager & Goalkeeping coach El Salvador Abel Blanco
Under 17 Manager El Salvador Santos Rivera
Fitness Coach Argentina Wálter Gómez
Team Doctor El Salvador César Douglas García
Sports Director El Salvador Luis René Granados


Position Staff
Owner El Salvador
President El Salvador René Ventura
Vice President El Salvador
Administrative Manager El Salvador René Sorto
TBD El Salvador
TBD El Salvador
TBD El Salvador

Notable managers[edit]

Period Manager Notes
1950–51 El Salvador Jorge El Choco Méndez[11] Won 1 Primera Division Titles (1950–51)
1951–53 El Salvador Miguel Herrera Won 1 Primera Division Titles (1953–54)
1954 El SalvadorArmando Chacón
1955–56 Argentina Gregorio Bundio First manager from outside El Salvador
1970–71 El Salvador Guillermo Gutiérrez
1976–78 Brazil Jorge Tupinambá Segunda Division champion/Promoted to First Division 1977–78 season.
1984–85 El Salvador Juan Francisco Barraza
1987–89 El Salvador Mario Martínez Segunda Division champion/Promoted to First Division 1987–88 season.
1993–94 El Salvador Juan Ramón Paredes
1994–95 El Salvador Miguel Obando
1999–Dec 00 Paraguay Nelson Brizuela[12]
2000–01 El Salvador Saúl Molina
2001 El Salvador Miguel Obando[13]
2001–02 El Salvador Saúl Molina
2001 Ecuador Alfredo Encalada
2002 Brazil Carlos Vieira
2002 Paraguay Nelson Brizuela[14]
2003 El Salvador Mario Martínez
2003 El Salvador Domingo Ramos (Interim)
2005–06 El Salvador Saúl Molina
TBD El Salvador José Efraín Núñez
2009–Oct 09 El Salvador Mario Martínez
Oct 2009–Dec 10 Brazil Eduardo Santana
2011 El Salvador Joaquín Pérez
2011–March 12 El Salvador Marvin "La Perica" Benítez
March–May 2012 El Salvador Abel Blanco
June 2012–Aug 13 El Salvador Mario Martínez Clausura 2013 Segunda Division champion and winner of promotion play-off /
Promoted to First Division 2013–14 season.
Aug 2013 -May 14 El Salvador Nelson Ancheta Runner-up in the Clausura 2014
May 2014–Feb 15 Argentina Roberto Gamarra
Feb 2015 El Salvador Santos Rivera Interim (Coached two games)
Feb–March 15 El Salvador Guillermo Rivera
March–April 2015 El Salvador Santos Rivera Interim (Coached 2 games)
April–May 2015 El Salvador Abel Blanco Interim (Coached 3 games)
June 2015–September 2016 El Salvador Omar Sevilla Won 1 Primera Division Titles (2016 Clausura)
September 2016- February 2017 El Salvador Nelson Ancheta
March 2017 El Salvador Víctor Coreas
March 2017- Colombia Henry Vanegas


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