July 22, 2002
CHANTILLY, VA -
D.C. United announced today that the club has acquired 19-year-old El Salvador National Team forward Eliseo Quintanilla as a Discovery player. Quintanilla has signed a contract with Major League Soccer, however terms of the pact were not released. Quintanilla, who has trained with the Black-and-Red since July 11, will be available for selection upon obtaining a work visa.
“We’re pleased to have signed a quality young player with great potential for the future,” said United Technical Director Dave Kasper.
Quintanilla will be classified as a Transitional International, thus he does not count as one of United’s three Senior Internationals. The left-footed Quintanilla is one of El Salvador’s most promising young prospects. He starred for El Salvador’s U-17 National Team during CONCACAF qualifying for the 1999 FIFA World Championship in New Zealand, scoring five goals in his country’s failed bid to earn a berth to the youth world cup. The United States U-17s led by Bobby Convey, Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley eventually eliminated Quintanilla and El Salvador by a combined 10-1 score in a home-and-away playoff series to capture CONCACAF’s last berth to New Zealand ‘99. Quintanilla tallied El Salvador’s lone goal in a 6-1 defeat to the U.S. in the first leg played in San Salvador on May 9, 1999.
“Eliseo is a naturally gifted, well balanced, quick footballer,” commented United Head Coach Ray Hudson. “He’s creative with an excellent finishing touch in front of goal. Eliseo is a fine young prospect.”
Quintanilla has been a mainstay over the past few years, either as a left-sided striker or as a playmaker in the middle of the park for his country and former clubs, C.D. FAS and most recently with C.D. Aguila. Quintanilla made his full international debut with El Salvador on February 9, 2000, in a 5-1 loss to Honduras in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He has since earned three senior CAPS for his country.
Quintanilla made his professional debut in El Salvador’s First Division at the tender age of 16 with current Salvadoran champion C.D. FAS midway through the 1999 Apertura tournament on September 25. He entered in the second half in FAS’s 3-0 victory over Juventud Olimpica Metalio at FAS’s home ground, Estadio Oscar Quiteño in Santa Ana, El Salvador. Quintanilla scored his first professional goal against archrival Aguila in a 1-1 draw on November 3, 1999, and finished the year with three tallies.
For his career, he has amassed 24 goals in First Division play. During the 2000 season, Quintanilla accounted for seven goals in both the Clausura and Apertura tournaments. He tallied three goals for FAS in the 2001 Clausura before moving to C.D. Aguila of San Miguel, one of El Salvador’s most popular clubs. With Aguila, Quintanilla registered six goals in the 2001 Apertura tournament and most recently finished the 2002 Clausura in May with five goals.