Gerson Mayen

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Gerson Mayen
Personal information
Full name Gerson Levi Mayen Villavicencio
Date of birth (1989-02-09) 9 February 1989 (age 33)
Place of birth Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
2008 Chivas USA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Chivas USA 20 (0)
2010Miami FC (loan) 9 (0)
2011Fort Lauderdale Strikers (loan) 11 (1)
2012 Los Angeles Misioneros
2012–2014 CD FAS 57 (5)
2014–2019 Santa Tecla 211 (39)
2017Cafetaleros de Tapachula (loan) 9 (1)
2020 Cobán Imperial 12 (2)
2020– Águila 57 (8)
National team
2008–2009 United States U20
2013– El Salvador 47 (5)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 13 January 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 15 June 2021

Gerson Levi Mayen Villavicencio (born 9 February 1989) is a Salvadoran professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for the El Salvador national team.



Mayen attended Manual Arts High School, and started playing soccer when he was young with a club named Gilbert Lindsay Youth Soccer Club, then with the club soccer with Alta Loma Arsenal where he won four Cal South State Cups, four Regional Championships and three National Championships. Mayen also won two Golden Boot awards. Rather than opting to play collegiate soccer, Mayen joined the Chivas USA U-18 team.


Mayen was signed to a full professional contract by Chivas USA on 27 March 2008, after training with the club throughout preseason. He did not make an appearance with the first team in his rookie season, but made 12 appearances in the MLS Reserve Division, playing primarily as a defender and defensive midfielder. He made his professional debut on 29 March 2009, in Chivas's game against FC Dallas.[1]

On 6 August 2010, Chivas USA sent Mayen, along with teammate Chukwudi Chijindu, on loan to USSF Division 2 Professional League side Miami FC.[2] Mayen returned to Florida in July 2011 when he was loaned to NASL club Fort Lauderdale Strikers.[3]

Mayen was traded with Justin Braun to MLS expansion side Montreal Impact for James Riley and allocation money on 23 November 2011.[4] However, Mayen was waived by Montreal on 1 March, prior to the start of the 2012 season.[5]


United States[edit]

Mayen has made one appearance for the United States U-20 men's national soccer team, in the Campos Verdes International Tournament in Portugal in 2008. Mayen was also named to the 2009 Under 20 World Cup in Egypt where he started and played 90 minutes against Germany.

El Salvador[edit]

On July 5, 2011, Mayen was given permission by the FIFA to be part of the El Salvador team. "After a thorough review of the documentation submitted by the Salvadoran Football Federation, the judge concluded that the player Gerson Mayen Villavicencio meets the objective conditions stipulated in Article 18, paragraph 1 of the Regulations Applicable Statutory of the FIFA: in particular, the player Gerson Mayen has never played an international "A" match in an official competition representing the U.S. Soccer Federation," reads the resolution of FIFA.[6] Mayen made his international début at the 2013 Copa Centroamericana, coming on as substitute at the 86' minute in El Salvador 1–1 draw with Honduras.[7]


International goals[edit]

Scores and results list El Salvador's goal tally first.[8]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 January 2017 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Belize 1–0 3–1 2017 Copa Centroamericana
2. 13 July 2017 Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, United States  Curaçao 1–0 2–0 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3. 13 October 2018 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Barbados 3–0 3–0 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualification
4. 25 March 2021  Grenada 1–0 2–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 15 June 2021  Saint Kitts and Nevis 2–0 2–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 April 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "West". FOX Sports.
  3. ^ "Goat Notes: Fraser shoots down rumor of forward signing". 19 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Montreal take Riley, ship him to Chivas for Braun, Mayen". 23 November 2011. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Mallace, James and Garcia under contract". 1 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Gerson Mayén recibió aval de FIFA" [Gerson Mayen was endorsed by FIFA] (in Spanish). July 5, 2011. Archived from the original on January 22, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  7. ^ Gráfico, El. "Gerson Mayén: "El Salvador puede acabar en el segundo lugar"".
  8. ^ "Mayén, Gerson". National Football Teams. Retrieved 22 January 2017.

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