Here’s some good stuff on the Sounders FC opponent Wednesday night from the CONCACAF Champions League website. For you die-hard fans optimistically looking forward to a long run by Seattle in this competition, I recommend scrolling around the tournament site.
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Club: Asociacion Deportiva Isidro Metapan
City: Metapan, El Salvador
Stadium: Estadio Jorge Calero Suarez (CCL: Estadio Cuscatlan)
Manager: Edwin Portillo
Qualification method: El Salvador Clausura champion
Previous Champions League appearances: 2 (2008-09, 2009-10)
Honors: El Salvador League: 4 (Clausura 2007, Apertura 2008, Clausura 2009, Clausura 2010)
Official Web site: http://www.isidrometapan.com
While CD FAS is the most decorated Salvadoran squad, Isidro Metapan has been the most successful in the past decade, winning four first-division titles in the last seven seasons. Its crowning moment came in 2007 when a 1-0 victory against Luis Angel Firpo clinched its first title, the Clausura championship. Los Caleros won the Apertura title a year later on a penalty shootout against CD Chalatenango and in May 2009, Metapan won its third crown, again beating Firpo by a lone goal. Founded by Adan Martinez and Professor Jose Castro, the club was first known as Club Deportivo Isidro Menendez. In 2000, CESSA por el de Metapan FC and Club Deportivo Isidro Menendez merged to form Isidro Metapan. Edwin Portillo has been the manager during the club’s recent successful run. Young Salvadoran international Lester Blanco scored twice to help Metapan claim the 2010 Clausura title with a 3-1 victory against Aguila, while midfielder Josue Flores was named most valuable player for the Apertura 2009 for FAS before moving to Metapan. The club plays at Estadio Jorge Calero Suarez, an 8,000-seat multi-purpose stadium.