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Efraín Antonio Burgos Jr. (born August 14, 1988), better known as Junior Burgos, is a Salvadoran professional footballer who currently plays for the New York Cosmos [3] and is a member of the El Salvador national team.

Junior Burgos
Personal information
Full name Efraín Antonio Burgos Jr.
Date of birth (1988-08-14) August 14, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Santa Ana, El Salvador
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
New York Cosmos
Number 33
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 San Jose State Spartans
2009–2010 Cal Poly Mustangs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 San Francisco Seals
2009 Bakersfield Brigade
2010 Chicago Fire U-23
2012 Toronto FC 2 (0)
2014 Atlanta Silverbacks 22 (7)
2015 Jaguares de Córdoba 2 (0)
2015 Orange County Blues 12 (2)
2015 Atlanta Silverbacks 17 (4)
2016 Atlanta United 0 (0)
2016Tampa Bay Rowdies (loan) 8 (1)
2017 Reno 1868 17 (1)
2018 FAS[1] 17[2] (2)
2019– New York Cosmos 15 (10)
National team
2014– El Salvador 20 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


College and AmateurEdit

Burgos grew up in San Bruno, California, attended Westmoor High School, and played two years of college soccer at San Jose State University before transferring to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California as a junior in 2008.[citation needed] He scored seven goals in 28 appearances as a Mustang before graduating in the fall of 2010.[citation needed] Burgos became the first Cal Poly player in history to ever be drafted in the MLS SuperDraft.[citation needed]

During his college years Burgos also played in the Premier Development League, for the San Francisco Seals, Bakersfield Brigade and Chicago Fire Premier.[citation needed]


On January 13, 2011, Burgos was selected in the third round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by Toronto FC.[4] He signed with Toronto FC on March 21, 2012.[5] Burgos made his debut for Toronto as a second half sub for Julian De Guzman against Columbus Crew on March 31, 2012.[6] Burgos was released by Toronto FC on June 28, 2012.[7]

He spent time training abroad including places such as Germany with FC Energie Cottbus of the 2. Bundesliga and Chile with Club Deportivo Universidad Católica.[citation needed] On February 26, 2014, he signed with Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League.[8] Burgos led the Silverbacks with 3 goals and 3 assists in the club's historic 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, eliminating Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids before being eliminated by Chicago Fire in the quarterfinal stage.[9]

On February 4, 2015 it was announced that Burgos had signed to Colombian club Jaguares de Córdoba, which plays in the Categoría Primera A Colombians highest league, where he would rejoin former Silverbacks teammate Junior Sandoval.[10]

He decided to part ways with the Colombian side after the club refused to meet the terms of the signed contract between both parties. Shortly after, he signed temporarily with Orange County Blues FC of USL in April 2015, as a transition move before the summer window opened up.[11]

After appearing in 4 games for Orange County Blues, Burgos rejoined Atlanta Silverbacks on July 7, 2015.[12] Burgos, went on to score 4 goals and 6 assists making it a successful return to Atlanta. Burgos free kick goal vs San Antonio was nominated as the 2015 NASL Goal of the year. He was presented with an award during half time at the NASL Championship match.

On February 2, 2016 it was announced that Burgos signed with Major League Soccer's Atlanta United FC, becoming the second signing in the club's history, ahead of their 2017 MLS debut. Burgos was loaned out to the Tampa Bay Rowdies for the 2016 campaign in the North American Soccer League.

Burgos was waived by Atlanta in December 2016, ahead of their inaugural season.[13]


Burgos is a member of El Salvador's national team. He made his international debut on June 31, 2014 vs Dominican Republic, where he assisted on the 2–0 win.

In September, 2014 he was named to the UNCAF cup 21 men roster, making his official international debut on all competitions in the 1–0 win over Honduras.[14]

Burgos first got called in to represent his country prior to the country's September 2010 friendlies versus Honduras and Guatemala, and was previously invited to the El Salvador camp prior to a 2009 friendly versus Peru and World Cup qualifiers versus the United States and Costa Rica.[15]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first.[16]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 November 2014 Estadio Independencia, Esteli, Nicaragua   Nicaragua 0–1 0–2 Friendly

Personal lifeEdit

Burgos has one older sister, Sofia, and two younger siblings, Gerardo and Fatima.[citation needed] His mother is Morena Del Carmen de Burgos and his father is Salvadoran international Efrain Burgos, who played professional football for 16 years, mainly for Salvadoran clubs.[17]



  1. ^ "FAS regresó al segundo lugar del Clausura 2018".
  2. ^ "Efraín Burgos Jr. :: Efraín Antonio Burgos, Jr. :: CD FAS".
  3. ^ "New York Cosmos Sign Salvadoran International Junior Burgos". New York Cosmos.
  4. ^ "Burgos Selected by Toronto in Major League Soccer SuperDraft". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
  5. ^ "Toronto Signs Burgos Jr". 21 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Toronto Turns Up Short". 31 March 2012.
  7. ^ "404". TSN.
  8. ^ "SoccerAmerica – Atlanta signs Carrillo and Burgos, sets sights on Adu 02/26/2014".
  9. ^ "Rafa Burgos: "Por algo nos han traído a Sonsonate"".
  10. ^ "Deportes -".
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-02. Retrieved 2015-08-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Silverbacks Sign Burgos For Fall Season Return".
  13. ^ "2017 MLS Transactions". 21 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Efraín Burgos, nuevo jugador del FAS".
  15. ^ "Efraín Burgos tuvo su debut con El Salvador en Copa Oro".
  16. ^ Cite error: The named reference NFT was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  17. ^ "Junior Burgos". San Jose State Athletics. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2017.

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