|OFFICIAL NAME||Club Deportivo Aguila (El Salvador)|
|HEAD COACH||Jorge Casanova|
|QUALIFICATION MENTHOD||non-champion with 2nd best aggregate record in 2016/17 season|
|BEST FINISH||first-ever CONCACAF League appearance|
|PREVIOUS APPEARANCE||first-ever CONCACAF League appearance|
One of El Salvador’s most successful clubs, Aguila adds another chapter to its history by participating in the first-ever Scotiabank CONCACAF League. It secured a place in the competition by being the non-champion with the second best aggregate record in the 2016/17 season.
Aguila, which earned the last of its 15 Salvadoran titles in the 2012 Clausura, captured its only CONCACAF club title by overcoming Suriname’s Robinhood in the 1976 final (agg: 8-3).
In its only Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League appearance, Aguila went 0W-0D-4L (1GF, 17GA). Yaikel Perez (37’) scored the only goal in a 1-5 away loss v Toronto FC on August 1, 2012.
Three players were on El Salvador’s roster for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup: Benji Villalobos (goalkeeper), as well as Victor Garcia and Edwin Sanchez (midfielders).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Benji Villalobos, Goalkeeper: the 29-year-old played only 76 minutes in 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup after suffering a left-knee in El Salvador’s opener against Mexico (1-3 loss) … appeared in three games for Aguila in 2012/23 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League … played in two matches during El Salvador’s qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup (1-2 home loss v Mexico; 2-2 away draw v Costa Rica)
Victor Garcia, Midfielder: the 22-year-old midfielder is one of the top young players in Salvadoran football … was on El Salvador’s roster for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but did not see any action … earned his first cap for El Salvador in a 2-2 draw with Honduras on May 28, 2017
Edwin Sanchez, Midfielder: the 27-year-old joined Aguila from UES ahead of the 2017 Apertura season … competed in two Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League editions (2011/12: Isidro Metapan; 2012/13: FAS) … appeared in one game at 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup (entered as a substitute in 0-2 quarterfinal loss to the USA) … one goal in six career World Cup Qualifying games (scored in 3-1 away win Suriname on November 11, 2011)