Ronald Cerritos

Ronald Osvaldo Cerritos Flores (born January 3, 1975 in San Salvador) is a former Salvadoran footballer, who played as a striker.

Ronald Cerritos
Personal information
Full name Ronald Osvaldo Cerritos Flores
Date of birth (1975-01-03) January 3, 1975
Place of birth San Salvador, El Salvador
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1997 ADET
1997–2001 San Jose Earthquakes 118 (55)
2002–2003 Dallas Burn 38 (7)
2003–2004 D.C. United 20 (2)
2004 Alianza
2005 San Jose Earthquakes 30 (6)
2006 Houston Dynamo 15 (0)
2006–2007 San Salvador 48 (9)
2008 Real Maryland Monarchs 15 (2)
2008 Carolina RailHawks 7 (1)
National team
1993–2008 El Salvador 70 (8)
Teams managed
D.C. United Academy U-14/15
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Cerritos is the all-time leader in assists of the Major League Soccer team, the San Jose Earthquakes, with 47.

Club career

Cerritos has spent the bulk of his career playing in MLS, being signed by the league on March 21, 1997 and allocated to the San Jose Clash. While with San Jose he achieved great success, being named in the MLS Best XI in his first year with the club. In the offseason after 2001, however, Cerritos was traded to the Dallas Burn for Ariel Graziani. He never was able to settle in Dallas, having trouble earning a starting spot, and struggling with injuries.

After a year and a half at Dallas, during which he scored seven goals, Cerritos was traded to D.C. United for Ali Curtis and a first-round pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. Cerritos again was largely unproductive in D.C. and was cut midway through the 2004 season because his performances were not justifying his large salary, and returned to play for Alianza in his native El Salvador. After the season with Alianza he returned to MLS and his original team, with San Jose acquiring him from DC for a draft pick. During his returning season, Cerritos scored an additional 6 goals. He is 2nd on San Jose's all-time scoring list, with 61 goals and also has the honor of having the most assists, with 47. Shortly after his return to the Earthquakes, however, Cerritos was moved to Houston for the 2006 season along with his teammates. Despite his success with San Jose his resulting stint with the Houston Dynamo was short-lived, as he was released in August 2006.

He was later signed by San Salvador F.C. on a two-year deal and became an outstanding performer week in and week out, soon being recalled to the El Salvador national team to participate in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States.

In November 2007, Cerritos signed a two-year contract with expansion Real Maryland FC USL Second Division.[1] He played fifteen games, scoring two goals,[2] but was released by the team after their 6–0 loss to the Richmond Kickers, a game in which he did not play. On July 31, 2008, Cerritos signed with the Carolina RailHawks of the USL First Division. He finished the season with the RailHawks, but was not signed by the team for the 2009 season.

At half time of the match between the San Jose Earthquakes and Chicago Fire on September 29, 2010, Cerritos became the second player inducted into the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame.[3][4]

International career

Cerritos has been a mainstay in the El Salvador national team, having made over 60 appearances.[5] He made his debut for the national team against the USA on 5 December 1993 and scored his first goal for El Salvador in a 3–2 victory over Trinidad and Tobago on January 10, 1996 in a 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup match.

On March 5, 2000 in a FIFA World Cup qualification match against Belize, Cerritos scored El Salvador's 400th goal in all senior international matches.

International goals

Scores and results list El Salvador's goal tally first.
110 January 1996Edison International Field, Anaheim, United States Trinidad and Tobago2–03–21996 CONCACAF Gold Cup
225 September 1996Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States Guatemala1–12–1Friendly match
329 May 1999Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, United States Colombia2–12–1Friendly match
45 March 2000Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador Belize3–05–02002 FIFA World Cup qualification
56 February 2008Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador Anguilla5–012–02010 FIFA World Cup qualification
66 February 2008Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador Anguilla10–012–02010 FIFA World Cup qualification
76 February 2008Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador Anguilla12–012–02010 FIFA World Cup qualification
826 March 2008RFK Stadium, Washington D.C., United States Anguilla1–04–02010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life

Cerritos' son, Alexis Cerritos, is also a professional footballer who plays for the El Salvador national football team.[6]

In his spare time, Cerritos enjoys playing cards and playing basketball with his friends. He enjoys spending time with his two sons and his favourite basketball team are the Los Angeles Lakers. He currently lives in Montgomery County, Maryland.

He now coaches his own soccer team for kids named International Cerritos Soccer Academy. He also coaches two U-15 club teams Calverton Revolution and Potomac Warriors.


Major League Soccer

San Jose Earthquakes

  • MLS Cup Winners (1): 2001
  • Inducted to San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame: 2010


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