Posted on August 29, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. – The Los Angeles Blues will face defending Guatemalan champions Club Xelajù MC in an international friendly at East Los Angeles College in Monterrey Park, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. ET.
Xelajù, which has won the most domestic titles of all Guatemalan teams outside the capital city, is coming off a 1-0 victory over Mexico’s Guadalajara in the CONCACAF Champions League, having earned a berth in the tournament by winning their fifth Guatemalan championship.
The club features Guatemalan international forwards Edwin Villatoro and Carlos Villa, one current and one former Costa Rican international in Alejandro Alpízar and Allan Alemán, as well as prolific Brazilian goal-scorer Israel Silva. The 31-year-old rejoined the “Superchivos” in 2010 after scoring 23 times in 44 matches with Kerkyra FC and helping the Greek side win promotion to the country’s First Division.
The team also boasts a stingy defense led by two Guatemalan internationals in holding midfielder Manuel León and goalkeeper Ricardo Trigueño, as well as by former Guatemala defender Nelson Morales.
Today’s stars follow in the footsteps of many famous Xelajù players, including Mario Camposeco, who was the team captain in the 1940s and guided the side to 10 consecutive titles in the Quetzaltenango Department before dying in a plane crash in 1951. In honor of the attacker, the name of the club, which was founded as “Germania” in 1928 and was subsequently renamed “ADIX,” was changed once again to “Club Xelajù Mario Camposeco.”
The Blues play in the USL PRO league.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 714-738-8011 or by visiting www.ticketon.com. Spanish-language information is available at 213-925-9072.
Categories: Central America, Guatemala
Tags: LA Blues, USL PRO, Xelaju MC