SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has acquired Salvadoran national team midfielder Jaime Alas on loan from Rosenborg BK pending receipt of his ITC and P-1 visa. Per league and team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Alas, 23, appeared in three Tippeligaen games for Rosenborg BK in 2012 and also came off the bench in two Europa League matches, including a 1-0 loss against German power Bayer Leverkusen. He joined the Norwegian side on Aug. 1, 2012 on a transfer from Salvadoran side CD Luis Angel Firpo. Alas began his professional career with CD Firpo where he parlayed his success to a Salvadoran national team call-up in 2010 at the age of 21.
“We’re really excited to have Jaime,” said Earthquakes interim head coach Mark Watson. “We’ve been monitoring him for a long time and we’re delighted to finally have him on board.”
Alas has been a mainstay on the Salvadoran national team. He has 33 caps and six goals since debuting with La Selecta in 2010. He scored his first goal with the national squad in a 2-0 win against Nicaragua in the 2011 Copa Centroamericana. Alas was also a key piece of La Selecta’s 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying squad; he started in each of his country’s four games in the tournament and scored a 94th-minute goal in a 3-3 draw against the United States to knock the Americans out of contention while advancing El Salvador to the semifinals.
“Jaime’s a player who we had in a year ago and during our preseason. We’ve kept tabs on him and are excited to bring him into the fold,” said Earthquakes general manager John Doyle.
Transaction: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) – San Jose Earthquakes acquire M Jaime Alas on loan from Rosenborg BK.
Jaime AlasPosition: Midfielder Height: 5-8 Weight: 150 Born: July 30, 1989 in San Salvador, El Salvador Hometown: San Salvador, El Salvador Last Club: Rosenborg BK (Norway) Citizenship: El Salvador