Who is Municipal?

Get to know the Crew's first CONCACAF Champions League opponent

Guillermo “El Pando” Ramirez

Photo Credit: 
CSD Municipal (GUA)


Municipal futbol logo

Hometown: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Manager: Guilherme Farinha (Portugal)

Qualification Method: 2009 Guatemalan Apertura champions

Champions League Appearances: 1; 2008-’09 Group Stage

Honors: 1974 CONCACAF Champions Cup, 28-time Guatemalan league champions

The most storied team in Guatemala has a new manager in charge
after Uruguayan coach Manuel Keosseian moved on to head up legendary
club Peñarol. With new Portuguese manager Guilherme Farinha at the helm,
the defending Guatemalan champions are a relatively young team that
will contribute 10 players to the Guatemalan national team’s September
matches in the USA and Japan.

The squad features a few names American fans will be familiar
with: former LA Galaxy midfielder Guillermo “El Pando” Ramirez, whose
MLS Cup golden goal captured MLS Cup 2002, and former Guatemalan
internationals Pablo Melgar and Juan Carlos Plata, who will retire at
the end of the season. Municipal, the only Guatemalan side to win the
old Champions Cup (1974), are just four games into their Guatemalan
Apertura season and their fitness level still has room for improvement.

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