2020–21 Primera División de El Salvador

The 2020–21 Primera División de El Salvador (also known as the Liga Pepsi) is the 22nd season and 43rd and 44th Primera División tournament, El Salvador's top football division, since its establishment of an Apertura and Clausura format. Alianza F.C. and Once Deportivo de Ahuachapan are the defending champions of both Apertura and Clausura tournaments respectively. The league will consist of 12 teams. There will be two seasons conducted under identical rules, with each team playing a home and away game against the other clubs for a total of 22 games per tournament. At the end of each half-season tournament, the top six teams in that tournament's regular season standings will take part in the playoffs.

Primera División de El Salvador
Season2020–21
ChampionsAlianza (Apertura)
FAS (Clausura)
RelegatedC.D. Sonsonate
CONCACAF LeagueAlianza
FAS
Once Deportivo
Top goalscorerNicolas Munoz (12 goals Apertura 2020)
Rodolfo Zelaya (8 goals Clausura 2021)
Biggest home winIsidro Metapán 6-0 Once Deportivo (TBD, 2020)
Biggest away winC.D. Sonsonate 0–3 Isidro Metapán (TBD, 2021)
Longest winning rungames by: TBD
Longest unbeaten rungames by: TBD
Longest winless rungames by: TBD
Longest losing rungames by: TBD
All statistics correct as of 3 April 2020.

The champions of Apertura or Clausura with the better aggregate record will qualify for the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League. The other champion, and the runner-up with the better aggregate record will qualify for the 2020 CONCACAF League. Should the same team win both tournaments, both runners-up will qualify for CONCACAF League. Should the final of both tournaments features the same two teams, the semifinalist with the better aggregate record will qualify for CONCACAF League.

Team informationEdit

A total of 12 teams will contest the league, including 10 sides from the 2019–20 Primera División, 1 promoted from the 2019–20 Segunda División and 1 returning from self imposed exile.

No teams were relegated to 2020–21 Segunda División the previous season as that season was cancelled.

Further changesEdit

Personnel and sponsoringEdit

Team Chairman Head Coach Captain Kitmaker Shirt Sponsors
Águila   Jose Alexander Menjivar   Hugo Coria   Andres Quejada Umbro Mister Donut, Canal 4, Tigo, Pilsener, Boston
Alianza   Adolfo Salume   Juan Dieguez   Marvin Monterroza Umbro Canal 4, Mister Donut, Tigo, Gatorade, Pepsi
Atletico Marte   TBD   Cristian Domizi   TBD Arijam Sports Sevisal, Canal 4
Chalatenango   Bertilio Henríquez   Juan Ramón Sánchez   Henry Noe Reyes Aqua Sport Electrolit, Eurofarma, mnicom, Powerade, Aqu del Campo
Jocoro F.C.   Leonel Hernández   Carlos Romero   Giuviny Esquivel Milan Caja de Credito Jocoro, Electruit
FAS   Guillermo Moran   Jorge Humberto Rodriguez   Xavier Garcia Joma Pilsener, Tigo, Canal 4, Hospital Cader, Sol
Firpo   TBD   William Renderos Iraheta   Tardelis Pena TBD TBD
Isidro Metapán   Rafael Morataya   Victor Coreas   Milton Molina Milan Canal 4, Arroz de San Pedro, Agroamigo, Morataya
Limeño   TBD   Alvaro Misael Alfaro   Francisco Jovel Álvarez Innova Sports GSR, Chilos Seafood Restaurant, TuriTravel, Disturbidora Torres
Once Deportivo   José Antonio Salaverría   Bruno Martinez   Christian Sánchez Rush Claro, Mister Donut, Pepsi, La Geo, Alcasa
Sonsonate   Pedro Contreras   Ruben da Silva   Jorge Morán Milan ProACES, Aldasa, Alcadia Municipal Sonsonate, Canal 4, Leche salud, Ferreteria Santa Sofia, Coop-1
Santa Tecla   José Eduardo Amaya   Juan Andrés Sarulyte   Rodrigo Rivera Maca Pilsener, Tigo, Plaza Mertio, Pala-grip, Ferreteria Sumersa

Notable eventsEdit

El Vencedor cessation of spotEdit

El Vencedor announced that due to ongoing cost and lack of sponsorship, they would be ceding their spot to Atletico Marte.[2]

Change of ownershipEdit

On 3 April, Chalatenango president Rigoberto Mejia announced that Chalatenango had been acquired by a new ownership group [3]

Change of license ownerEdit

At the end of the 2020 season, Pablo Herrera (owner of the franchise license) announced that Independiente will lose their license and he will be giving the license to Luis Angel Firpo for the Clausura 2020.[4]

Notable death from Clausura 2020 season and 2021 Apertura seasonEdit

The following people associated with the Primera Division have died between the middle of 2020 and middle of 2021.

  • Miguel Herrera (ex Dragon player)
  • Hugo Ernesto Burgos Ventura (ex Chalatenango player) [1]
  • Rodolfo Alvarado Barrientos (Ex Fuerte San Francisco, Cojutepeque and Chalatenango)
  • Hugo Ottenson (Chilean, ex Alianza Player)
  • Marco Pereira (Brazilian, ex Aguila, Metapan, Chalatenango, Luis Angel Firpo, Once Lobos, FAS and Dragon player)
  • Jesus Velázquez Chacon (Ex Platense Plyaer)
  • Peter Sandoval (Guatemalan, ex Once Lobos player)
  • Delvani Quaresma (Brazilian, ex Dragon player)
  • Ruben Plaino "La Bruja" (Argentinian, ex Firpo player)
  • Mario Tiorra Castro (Ex Sonsonate, Atletico Marte and Aguila)
  • Hernan Sosa (Uruguayan, ex Alianza Player)
  • Juan Carlos Masnik (Uruguayan, ex coach of Atlético Marte, FAS, Firpo and Alianza)
  • Agustin Balbueno Mencho (Argentinian, Ex FAS player)
  • Mario Carlos Rey (Argentinian, Ex Juventud Olimpica and Alianza player and coach of the latter)
  • Daniel Mena Luna (current Firpo player)

Managerial changesEdit

Before the start of the seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Aguila   Daniel Messina Contract finished April 2020   Hugo Coria [5] April 2020 th (Apertura 2020)
Atletico Marte   Juan Carlos Carreño Contract finished May 2020   Cristian Domizi May 2020 th (Apertura 2020)
Alianza   Wilson Gutierrez [6] Contract rescinded due to difficulty of travel July 2020   Juan Cortés August 2020 th (Apertura 2020)
Once Deportivo   Juan Cortés [7] Resigned July 2020   Bruno Martinez August 2020 th (Apertura 2020)
Santa Tecla   Osvaldo Escudero Contract rescinded due to difficulty of travel August 2020   Juan Andrés Sarulyte August 2020 th (Apertura 2020)

During the Apertura seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Limeno   Misael Alfaro Sacked October 2020   Nelson Ancheta October 2020
Santa Tecla   Juan Suralyte Resigned October 2020   Jaime Medina (‘’’Interim’’’) October 2020 Th (Apertura 2020)
Firpo   William Renderos Iraheta Resigned November 2020   Roberto Gamarra November 2020 Th (Apertura 2020)
Aguila   Hugo Coria Sacked November 2020   Ernesto Corti November 2020 Th (Apertura 2020)
Chalatenango   Juan Ramón Sánchez Sacked December 2020   Ricardo Montoya December 2020 Th (Apertura 2020)
Isidro Metapan   Victor Coreas Sacked December 2020   Osvadlo Figueroa (Interim) December 2020 Th (Apertura 2020)
Alianza   Juan Cortés Sacked December 2020   Milton Meléndez (Interim) December 2020 Th (Apertura 2020)

Between Apertura and Clausura seasonsEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
A.D. Isidro Metapan   Oswaldo Figueroa Interim finished January 2021   Juan Cortés Dieguez January 2021 th (Apertura 2021)
C.D. Sonsonate   Rubén da Silva Contract finished, not renewed January 2021   Fabio Castromán January 2021 th (Apertura 2021)
Alianza F.C.   Milton Meléndez Interimship finished, made it official head coach January 2021   Milton Meléndez January 2021 th (Apertura 2021)
Santa Tecla F.C.   Jaime Medina Interimship finished, contract not renewed January 2021   Rubén da Silva January 2021 th (Apertura 2021)
C.D. Aguila   Ernesto Corti Resigned February 2021   Armando Osma Rueda February 2021 th (Apertura 2021)

Clausura seasonsEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Once Deportivo   Bruno Martinez Sacked April 2021   Mario Elias Guevara April 2021 th (Clausura 2021)

AperturaEdit

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teams will divided into groups of three: Orientale Group, Central Group and Occidentale Group.[2] The first game would start 10 October 2020.

The games will be divided into three different stages:

Phase 1Edit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Isidro Metapán 6 3 1 2 13 9 +4 10
2 FAS 6 3 1 2 9 5 +4 10
3 Once Deportivo 6 3 1 2 8 9 −1 10
4 Sonsonate 6 1 1 4 4 11 −7 4
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Alianza 6 5 1 0 14 3 +11 16
2 Chalatenango 6 1 3 2 8 10 −2 6
3 Santa Tecla 6 1 3 2 6 10 −4 6
4 Atletico Marte 6 1 1 4 7 12 −5 4
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Jocoro 6 4 0 2 9 8 +1 12
2 Firpo 6 3 1 2 5 4 +1 10
3 Municipal Limeño 6 2 1 3 7 8 −1 7
4 Águila 6 2 0 4 7 8 −1 6
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Phase 2Edit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Águila (Q) 10 6 4 0 15 6 +9 22 Advance to Playoffs
2 Alianza (Q) 10 6 1 3 18 12 +6 19
3 Jocoro 10 2 5 3 10 12 −2 11
4 Sonsonate 10 1 7 2 12 13 −1 10
5 Atletico Marte 10 1 5 4 15 21 −6 8
6 Isidro Metapán 10 1 4 5 10 16 −6 7
Updated to match(es) played on 4 January 2021. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(Q) Qualified for the phase indicated

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 FAS (Q) 10 6 2 2 15 10 +5 20 Advance to Playoffs
2 Municipal Limeño (Q) 10 5 2 3 15 11 +4 17
3 Once Deportivo (Q) 10 5 2 3 12 8 +4 17
4 Firpo (Q) 10 3 3 4 8 11 −3 12
5 Santa Tecla 10 2 3 5 9 14 −5 9
6 Chalatenango 10 1 4 5 9 14 −5 7
Updated to match(es) played on 4 January 2021. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(Q) Qualified for the phase indicated

Aggregate TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Alianza 16 11 2 3 32 15 +17 35
2 Jocoro 16 6 5 5 19 20 −1 23
3 Isidro Metapán 16 4 5 7 23 25 −2 17
4 FAS 16 9 3 4 24 15 +9 30
5 Firpo 16 6 4 6 13 15 −2 22
6 Chalatenango 16 2 7 7 17 24 −7 13
7 Once Deportivo 16 8 3 5 20 17 +3 27
8 Municipal Limeño 16 7 3 6 22 19 +3 24
9 Santa Tecla 16 3 6 7 15 24 −9 15
10 Águila 16 8 4 4 22 14 +8 28
11 Sonsonate 16 2 8 6 16 24 −8 14
12 Atletico Marte 16 2 6 8 22 33 −11 12
Updated to match(es) played on 4 January 2021. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Phase 3Edit

PlayoffsEdit

QuarterfinalsEdit

First legsEdit
Firpo0-2Aguila
Nil Nicolas Munoz   61'
Yan Maciel   90'
Once Deportivo de Ahuachapan1-2Alianza
Henry Romero   12'
Rodolfo Zelaya   30'
Tony Rugamas   7'
Jocoro0-0Limeno
Nil Nil
Sonsonate0-1FAS
Nil Diego Areco   5'
Estadio
Second legsEdit
Aguila1-0Firpo
Yan Maciel   42' Nil
Estadio

Aguila won 3-0 on aggregate

Alianza3-1Once Deportivo
Bryan Tamacas   39'   58'
Rodolfo Zelaya   82'
Elvin Alvarado   18'
Estadio

Alianza won 5-2 on Aggregate

Limeno1-2Jocoro
Hugo Oviedo   26' Ovidio Lanza   34'
Oscar Rodriguez   49'
Estadio

Jocoro won 2-1 aggregate

FAS2-2Sonsonate
Diego Areco   9'   45' Alexis Montes   13'
David Boquin   48'
Estadio

FAS won 3-2 on aggregate

SemifinalsEdit

First legsEdit
Alianza3-0FAS
Bryan Tamacas   5'   26'
Narciso Orellana   41'   59'
Nil
Estadio Cuscatlan, San Salvador
Jocoro1-0Aguila
Nicolas Munoz own goal   41' Nil
Estadio
Second legsEdit
FAS0-0Alianza
Nil Nil
Estadio Oscar Quiteno , Santa Ana

Alianza advances 3-0 on aggregate.

Aguila2-0Jocoro
Andres Quejada   42'
Marlon Silva   74'
Nil

Aguila advances 2-1 on aggregate.

FinalEdit

Final
Alianza3-0Aguila
Jonathan Jiménez   41'
Rodolfo Zelaya   79'
Dixon Rivas own goal   84'
[3] Nil
Attendance: TBD
Referee: Ivan Barton


 Apertura 2020 Champions 
Alianza
15th title

Individual awardsEdit

[4]

Hombre GOL (Top goalscorer) Hernán Carrasco Vivanco (Best Coach Award) Fair player Award Revelation player of the tournament Best Goalkeeper Award
    Nicolas Munoz
Aguila
  Jorge Humberto Rodriguez
FAS
  Jomal Williams
Isidro Metapan
  Diego Chévez
Atletico Marte
  Yonathan Guardado
Once Deportivo

RecordsEdit

  • Best home records: TBD (0 points out of 33 points)
  • Worst home records: TBD (0 points out of 33 points)
  • Best away records : TBD (0 points out of 33 points)
  • Worst away records : TBD (0 points out of 33 points)
  • Most goals scored: Alianza F.C. (32 goals)
  • Fewest goals scored: C.D. Luis Angel Firpo (13 goals)
  • Fewest goals conceded : C.D. Aguila (14 goals)
  • Most goals conceded : Atletico Marte (33 goals)
No. Player Club Goals
1     Nicolas Munoz C.D. Aguila 12
2   Ovido Lanza Jocoro F.C. 9
3   Hugo Oviedo Municipal Limeno 8
4   David Rugamas Once Deportivo 7
5   Juan Carlos Portillo Alianza FC 6
6   Jomal Williams A.D. Isidro Metapan 6
7   Oswaldo Blanco Alianza F.C. 5
8     Guillermo Stradella C.D. FAS 5
9   Eduardo Rodriguez Atletico Marte 5
10   David Boquin C.D. Sonsonate 4

ScoringEdit

ClausuraEdit

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ÁGU ALI FIR CHA FAS ATM MET JOC LIM ONC STE SON
Águila
Alianza
C.D. Luis Angel Firpo
Chalatenango
C.D. FAS
Atletico Marte
Isidro Metapán
Jocoro
Limeño
Once Deportivo
Santa Tecla
Sonsonate
Source:[citation needed]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Phase 3 (Playoffs)Edit

QuarterfinalsEdit

First legsEdit
Firpo1-0Isidro Metapan
Jefferson Polio   74' Nil
Estadio Sergio Torres Rivera
Aguila0-1Alianza
Nil Michel Mercado   86'
Estadio Juan Francisco Barraza
FAS2-1Limeno
Wilma Torres   46'
Dustin Corea   89'
Romulo Villalobos   5'
Estadio Oscar Alberto Quiteno
Santa Tecla1-1Once Deportivo
Roberto Gonzalez   71' David Rugamas   74'
Estadio Las Delicias
Second legsEdit
Isidro Metapan1-3Firpo
Marvin Marquez   43' Eduardo Vigil   47'
Eder Caicedo   70'
Jefferson Polio   85'
Estadio Jorge Calero Suazo

Firpo won 4-1 on aggregate

Once Deportivo de Ahuachapan1-2Santa Tecla F.C.
David Rugamas   80' Roberto González   68' Irvin Herrera   70'
Estadio

Santa Tecla won 3-2 on aggregate

Alianza F.C.2-1C.D. Aguila
Rodolfo Zelaya   81'   86' Nicolas Munoz   18'
Estadio

Alianza won 3-2 on aggregate

Limeno2-1FAS
Rómulo Villalobos   83' Víctor Torres   85' Wilma Torres   57'
Estadio

2-2. FAS won 3-2 on Penaties

SemifinalsEdit

First legsEdit
Santa Tecla F.C.0-1FAS
Nil Dustin Corea   89'
Estadio Las Delicias
Referee: Ismael Cornejo
C.D. Luis Angel Firpo1-2Alianza F.C.
Jefferson Polio   70' Juan Portillo   43'
Rodolfo Zelaya   98'
Estadio Sergio Torres Rivera
Referee: Ivan Arcides Barton
Second legsEdit
Alianza F.C.0-1C.D. Luis Angel Firpo
Nil Luis Canales   74'
Estadio Cuscatlan
Referee: Germany Stanley Martinez

2-2. Alianza advances 5-4 on penalties.

FAS0-1Santa Tecla F.C.
Nil Diego Areco   74'
Estadio Quiteno, Santa Ana
Referee: Jaime Alfredo Herrera

1-1. FAS advances 4-2 on penalties.

FinalEdit

Final
Alianza1-1FAS
Andres Flores Jaco own goal   56' [5] Kevin Reyes   39'
Penalties
3-4
Attendance: TBD
Referee: Edgar Ramirez


 Clausura 2021 Champions 
FAS
18th title

RecordsEdit

  • Best home records: TBD (0 points out of 33 points)
  • Worst home records: TBD (0 points out of 33 points)
  • Best away records : TBD (0 points out of 33 points)
  • Worst away records : TBD (0 points out of 33 points)
  • Most goals scored: Alianza F.C. (38 goals)
  • Fewest goals scored: Jocoro F.C. (9 goals)
  • Fewest goals conceded : C.D. Aguila (10 goals)
  • Most goals conceded : Atletico Marte (34 goals)
No. Player Club Goals
1   Rodolfo Zelaya Alianza 8
2   Kemal Malcolm Chalatenango 7
3   Edgar Medrano Once Deportivo 7
4   Irvin Herrera Santa Tecla F.C. 6
5   Jorge Cordoba Alianza FC 6
6   Wilma Torres FAS 6
7   Craig Foster Chalatenango 6
8   Michel Mercano Alianza 5
9   David Rugamas Once Deportivo 5
10     Nicolas Munoz Aguila 5

ScoringEdit

List of foreign players in the leagueEdit

This is a list of foreign players in the 2020–21 season. The following players:

  1. Have played at least one game for the respective club.
  2. Have not been capped for the El Salvador national football team on any level, independently from the birthplace

A new rule was introduced this season, that clubs can have four foreign players per club and can only add a new player if there is an injury or a player is released and it is before the close of the season transfer window. [6] [7]

  (player released during the Apertura season)   (player released between the Apertura and Clausura seasons)   (player released during the Clausura season)   (player naturalised for the Clausura season)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "El Vencedor confirmo cesion de su categoria al Atletico-Marte". elGrafico.com. 2020-04-01. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "El Vencedor confirmo cesion de su categoria al Atletico-Marte". elGrafico.com. April 3, 2020. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  3. ^ "Rigoberto Mejía deja la presidencia del AD Chalatenango". elGrafico.com. April 3, 2020. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  4. ^ "Herrera: "Estamos hablando con Firpo"". elGrafico.com. April 15, 2020. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "Hugo Coria vuelve como tecnico de Aguila". elGrafico.com. 2020-04-01. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  6. ^ "Alianza confirma la salida del tecnico Wilson Gutierrez". elGrafico.com. 2020-07-29. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  7. ^ "Juan Cortés renuncia al Once Deportivo". elGrafico.com. 2020-07-29. Retrieved July 29, 2020.