SANTA TECLA, El Salvador - For the third time in three years, Santa Tecla will feature in a CONCACAF tournament as one of the two Salvadoran teams in the 2018 CONCACAF League.
In that span, MF Gerson Mayen has been one of the leaders of a team that played both the 2015/16 and 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.
Born in Los Angeles, California to Salvadoran parents, Mayen has been a fixture with Santa Tecla since 2014 and is already looking forward to representing the club in the second installment of the CONCACAF League.
"For me playing a CONCACAF tournament is always special. It is good to have that international experience and play those kind of games," said Mayen in an exclusive interview with CONCACAF.com.
Mayen enjoyed a hugely impressive 2018 SCCL campaign with Santa Tecla, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders in the first leg of their Round of 16 series.
The El Salvador international said he was keen to show the region that Santa Tecla could go toe-to-toe with anyone.
"MLS teams are tough to play against, but it was a great opportunity to show what we have here in El Salvador. It's a very competitive league with good players and in those CONCACAF matches you never know who is watching," said Mayen.
But before Mayen and Santa Tecla find out their 2018 SCL Round of 16 opponent when the draw takes place on May 23 in Miami, Florida, they will first take on Alianza in the 2018 Salvadoran Clausura final on Saturday.
It promises to be a titanic clash between two teams that have met in the previous three Salvadoran finals.
"We're expecting a physical game. We won the first two finals against them but they won the last one, so we'd like to get some revenge. Playing against Alianza in a final is special so we'll be fully prepared," concluded Mayen.