Salvadoran int’l Alas loaned to Municipal

El Salvador's Jaime Alas (black jersey), shown playing for the San Jose Earthquakes against Heredia in the 2013/14 CONCACAF Champions League, joined Municipal on January 20, 2015. (Photo: Omar Solís Díaz).

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala - Municipal announced Monday that it acquired El Salvador international Jaime Alas on loan from CD FAS.

The midfielder joins his compatriot Kevin Santamaria at the Guatemalan club, which is searching for its first title since the 2011 Apertura.

"It's a motivation for me, it's something I have to make the most of," Alas expressed.  "I have maturity to bring to the team.  I go with the peace and humility that has always characterized me.

"Kevin (Santamaria) told me that they (Municipal) was interested, it was as such that they made contact with the president of FAS.”

Alas revealed that he also spoke with Carlos Ruiz, Municipal’s captain and Guatemalan football legend as well.

"He told me to come with the best attitude and with the necessary tranquility, that he is confident in my abilities, that he has seen me in the national team,” said the 25-year-old, who played with the USA’s San Jose Earthquakes in the 2013/14 CONCACAF Champions League.

The 25-year-old’s career began in 2006 with San Salvador FC, before moving to Argentina’s River Plate (2006-09).  In 2010, he returned to El Salvador with Luis Angel Firpo, performing well enough to earn a contract in Europe with Rosenborg (2012-13).  The Norwegian power loaned Alas to the San Jose Earthquake (2013).  Less than a year later, he joined Ballenas Galeana (2014) in Mexico and was then sold to Irapuato (2014), prior to moving on to FAS.

"I have to thank everyone who supported me FAS from the time I arrived,” remarked Alas.  “In El Salvador, I will only play with FAS as I grew fond of the team.”

Under the guidance of recently-named head coach Enzo Trossero, Municipal opened the 2015 Clausura season with a 1-0 win over visiting Halcones FC on Sunday.