Darwin Cerén

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Darwin Cerén
Cerén playing for San Jose Earthquakes in 2017
Personal information
Full name Darwin Adelso Cerén Delgado
Date of birth (1989-12-31) 31 December 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Quezaltepeque, El Salvador
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
San Jose Earthquakes
Number 17
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 Juventud Independiente 84 (17)
2014 Orlando City (USL) 23 (2)
2015–2016 Orlando City 44 (2)
2016– San Jose Earthquakes 24 (0)
National team
2012 El Salvador U23 3 (0)
2012– El Salvador 41 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 July 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 July 2017

Darwin Adelso Cerén Delgado (born 31 December 1989) is a Salvadoran footballer who plays for the Major League Soccer club San Jose Earthquakes and is captain of the El Salvador national team.[1][2][3]

Club career[edit]

Juventud Independiente[edit]

Darwin began his professional career with Juventud Independiente in 2009 along with his brother Oscar. He helped lift them from the second division to the first division. In total, he made 83 appearance for the club and scored 15 goals before departing in February 2014.[1] In the summer of 2013, he went on trial with Balıkesirspor of the Turkish second division, but a deal was never worked out.[4]

Orlando City SC[edit]

Darwin Cerén.jpg

It was announced on 6 February 2014 that Ceren had signed for Orlando City SC of the USL Pro for the 2014 USL Pro season and for 2015 as OCSC enter Major League Soccer, becoming the club's third addition to their MLS roster.[1] Cerén went on to make 22 league appearances for the club, scoring two goals and assisting on three others, during the 2014 USL Pro season, Orlando City's last in the league before making the jump to Major League Soccer.[5] Cerén also won the Commissioner's Cup with the club during his first season before Orlando's surprise defeat to the Harrisburg City Islanders in the first round of the playoffs which saw Orlando eliminated.[6]

San Jose Earthquakes[edit]

Darwin Cerén was acquired by the San Jose Earthquakes on 3 August 2016 in exchange for midfielder Matías Pérez García and an international roster slot through the end of the 2016 MLS season.[7]


In early 2015, Cerén received his U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[8]

Cerén is married to Delia, and has three children.

International career[edit]

Darwin Cerén made his debut for El Salvador in a friendly against New Zealand on 24 May 2012. The game ended in a 2–2 draw.[1] He scored his first goal against Venezuela in a 2–1 loss.[9][10][11][12]

Cerén captained El Salvador in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup through four matches and led the squad to a 2–0 defeat in the quarterfinals to the United States, in the process drawing heated criticism for biting US defender Omar Gonzalez in the back on a corner kick during the game.[13] He received a three-match international ban for this.[14]

International goals[edit]

As of 15 July 2015[15]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 22 May 2013 Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida, Mérida, Venezuela  Venezuela
2 16 June 2015 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Saint Kitts and Nevis
2018 FIFA World Cup Q

International career statistics[edit]

As of match played 6 February 2014.[15]
El Salvador national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 4 0
2013 12 1
2014 7 0
2015 0 0
Total 23 1


Latino Del Año MLS 2015



  1. ^ a b c d "ORLANDO CITY SC ANNOUNCES DARWIN CEREN AS THIRD MLS PLAYER SIGNING". Orlando City SC. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Gráfica, La Prensa. "Revelan razón por la que Darwin Cerén aún no está con la selección". La Prensa Gráfica. 
  3. ^ Gráfico, El. "Darwin Cerén ya se incorporó a la selección salvadoreña". 
  4. ^ Melara, Gabriela. "Darwin Cerén no fichará con Balikesirspor de Turquía". laprensagrafica.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "2014 Stats". USL Pro. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Hoppenot, City Islanders Stun Lions". USL Pro. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Earthquakes acquire Darwin Ceren in trade with Orlando City SC". 3 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Tenorio, Paul. "Carolina Challenge Cup Game 1: Orlando City vs. New York City FC". 
  9. ^ "VENEZUELA VS. EL SALVADOR 2 – 1". soccerway.com. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Gráfico, El. "Darwin Cerén ya luce la nueva camisa de la selección salvadoreña". 
  11. ^ Gráfica, La Prensa. "Darwin Cerén motiva a sus compañeros con esta foto en Instagram". La Prensa Gráfica. 
  12. ^ Gráfico, El. "Darwin Cerén pide acierto en la delantera de El Salvador". 
  13. ^ Steve Goff (20 July 2017). "Beyond ‘nipple-gate’: CONCACAF looks into alleged bite during U.S.’s odd Gold Cup win". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "Gold Cup: Henry Romero & Darwin Ceren get bans after bites". BBC. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "Darwin Ceren". National Football Teams. 

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