Mauricio Cienfuegos (born 12 February 1968) is a Salvadoran retired professional soccer player who played as a midfielder.
|Full name||José Mauricio Cienfuegos|
|Date of birth||12 February 1968|
|Place of birth||San Salvador, El Salvador|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|1988–1991||Luís Ángel Firpo|
|1994–1995||Jaibos Tampico Madero|
|1994–1996||Luís Ángel Firpo|
|1996–2003||Los Angeles Galaxy||206||(35)|
|2011–||Los Angeles Galaxy (academy)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Cienfuegos moved to Mexico to play for Morelia in the 1991, and then signed with Santos in 1992. However, after just one season at Santos Laguna, Cienfuegos became unhappy with how he was being used at the club and decided to try his luck in Europe. In the summer of 1993, he had trials with Swiss champions Servette and La Liga side Lleida. Cienfuegos was close to signing with the Spanish side, but ultimately he was not offered a contract, and he returned to El Salvador.
Los Angeles Galaxy
Cienfuegos played two more seasons with Luis Ángel Firpo before joining Major League Soccer for its inaugural 1996 season. Cienfuegos played for Los Angeles Galaxy for eight years as a midfielder, from 1996 until his retirement after the 2003 season. During those years, he established himself, along with Carlos Valderrama, Marco Etcheverry, and Peter Nowak, as one of the best playmakers in the league. He was elected to the MLS Best XI three times, in 1996, 1998, and 1999, and played in seven MLS All-Star Games as a central midfielder. During his MLS career, Galaxy won the 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup, the 2001 U.S. Open Cup, and the 2002 MLS Cup. He finished his MLS career with 78 assists and 35 goals in 206 games for the club.
Cienfuegos was an important player for ElSalvador national team, joining the team as a teenager, and continuing to lead his national side well into his thirties. He has earned a total of 68 caps, scoring 8 goals, all of them during a home game. He has represented his country in a massive 32 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played at the 1995 UNCAF Nations Cup as well as the 1996 and 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cups.
- Scores and results list El Salvador's goal tally first.
|1||23 July 1992||Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador||2–0||5–1||1994 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||1 November 1992||Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador||3–0||4–1||1994 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3||23 March 1993||Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador||2–2||2–2||Friendly match|
|4||29 November 1995||Estadio Oscar Quiteno, Santa Ana, El Salvador||1–0||3–0||1995 UNCAF Nations Cup|
|5||3 December 1995||Estadio Flor Blanca, San Salvador, El Salvador||2–1||2–1||1995 UNCAF Nations Cup|
|6||8 September 1996||Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador||5–0||5–0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7||14 September 1997||Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador||3–1||4–1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8||16 July 2000||Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador||2–5||2–5||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
Cienfuegos was appointed head coach of Nejapa in El Salvador's Primera División de Fútbol Profesional in 2008. Despite having a good first season, a poor start to his second season in charge and non-payment of his players led to him to resign as head coach of the team. On 22 June 2011, it was announced that Mauricio Cienfuegos had been appointed as a technical coach for the LA Galaxy Academy.
- 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92
- (Runner-up 1997)
- MLS Cup: 1
- (Runner-up : 1996, 1999, 2001)
- MLS Best XI: 3
- (Runner-up : 2002)
Cienfuegos lives with his wife and three children in the San Gabriel Valley, California.
- "Mauricio Cienfuegos llega a los 50 años". Retrieved 19 March 2018.
- Mauricio Cienfuegos – FIFA competition record
- UNCAF Tournament 1995 Archived 14 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine – RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1996 – Full Details Archived 21 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine – RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 1998 – Full Details Archived 10 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine – RSSSF
- Cienfuegos se va del Nejapa – El Gráfico (in Spanish)
- Cienfuegos appointed as a technical coach – lagalaxy.com
- What Ever Happened To: Mauricio Cienfuegos – LA Galaxy
- Mauricio Cienfuegos at National-Football-Teams.com