Eliseo Quintanilla

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Eliseo Quintanilla
Personal information
Full name Eliseo Antonio Quintanilla Ortíz
Date of birth (1983-02-05) 5 February 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Santa Tecla, El Salvador
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Winger, Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1998–1999 Municipal Tecleño[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 FAS 19 (7)
2001–2002 Águila 50 (18)
2003–2004 D.C. United 27 (5)
2005 Alianza 18 (1)
2005–2007 San Salvador 47 (19)
2008 Alajuelense 30 (10)
2008–2009 Águila 11 (6)
2009 Ermis Aradippou 17 (3)
2009–2010 Correcaminos 17 (1)
2010–2011 Luis Ángel Firpo 35 (9)
2011–2012 Municipal 39 (9)
2012–2013 Isidro Metapan 15 (6)
2014 Águila 1 (0)
National team
2000–2012 El Salvador 66 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 July 2011.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2012
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Quintanilla and the second or maternal family name is Ortíz.

Eliseo Antonio Quintanilla Ortíz (born 5 February 1983 in Santa Tecla, La Libertad) is a Salvadoran footballer.

Club career[edit]

Nicknamed Cheyo, Quintanilla started his professional career at Salvadorian giants FAS, making his professional debut in 1999 at age 16. In 2001, he moved to rivals Águila and while with them, he played in a friendly in Los Angeles.

Major League Soccer[edit]

The management at Major League Soccer outfit D.C. United watched the game tapes and signed the small playmaker with the club in 2002. Injuries however curtailed his MLS career. He scored just five goals and five assists in two years in the league, missing all of 2004 with an injury, and was subsequently released.[2] In 2004, he was injured at a preseason training camp and was unable to play the entire season.

He returned to play in his native country but in 2008, Quintanilla signed a five-month deal with Costa Rican football club L.D. Alajuelense.[3] After being released he again returned to El Salvador, where he rejoined Águila for two years.


In May 2009, Quintanilla signed to newly promoted Cypriot team Ermis Aradippou for the 2009/2010 season.[4] His stay was somewhat short-lived, only playing 10 domestic league games and scoring one goal in the Cypriot Cup.

On 16 December 2009, it was confirmed by Mexican lower league side Correcaminos UAT that they had acquired Quintanilla on a six-month contract.[5] Shortly after Correcaminos were eliminated in the quarter-finals, it was announced that Quintanilla would no longer continue with the club. Quintanilla made 17 league appearances and only scored one goal for the club.

In May 2010, Quintanilla signed a one-year contract with Luis Ángel Firpo and on 24 May 2011, Quintanilla signed with Guatemalan club Municipal. Quintanilla scored an amazing goal from a free kick on 1 December 2011 against Marquense. The goal won the prize called "Premios Matador" on ESPN Deportes. He received 96%, from the 10 players voting, which broke the voting record for "Premios Matador".

Match-fixing ban[edit]

On September 20, 2013, Quintanilla was banned for 6 months due to his involvement with match fixing.[6]

International career[edit]

Quintanilla made his debut for El Salvador, aged 16 years, in a February 2000 friendly match against Honduras and has, as of December 2011, earned a total of 59 caps, scoring 15 goals. He has represented his country in 19 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[7] and played at the 2007[8] and 2009 UNCAF Nations Cups,[9] as well as at the 2007,[10] 2009[11] and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[12]

On 22 June 2008, Eliseo scored two goals as El Salvador came back in a thriller to defeat Panama, 3–1. With the win, El Salvador advanced to Round 3 in the CONCACAF Zone in the World Cup Qualifiers for Africa 2010.

On 28 March 2009, Quintanilla scored his twelfth, and quite possibly most memorable goal with the national team. The goal came in a World Cup qualification match against the USA and marked the first time in over eleven years that El Salvador had managed to score a goal against them. The match ultimately ended in a 2 all draw.

International goals[edit]


Club honours[edit]


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