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Menjivar joins Scorpions

Richie Menjivar on the ball against the USA at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Richie Menjivar on the ball against the USA at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
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The San Antonio Scorpions have added to their 2014 roster with the signing of Richie Menjivar being announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Menjivar joins the club from Atlanta where he was a star for the Silverbacks, particularly in their spring Season, starting all bar three matches and playing in the Soccerbowl.

Atlanta was Menijvar’s second professional club, after playing in Denmark with Blokhus where he failed to make a real impact sending him back to the USA, and in to the arms of Atlanta where he was able to link-up with former coach Eric Wynalda.

The midfielder comes with international experience, representing El Salvador he played in all four Gold Cup matches for El Salvador, but he had played at youth level for the United States, the nation of his birth, in 2008 before switching to El Salvador ahead of 2012 Olympic qualifiers, playing in the match that would eliminate the United States from the Olympics.

Such was Mejivar’s performances in 2013 for the Silverbacks that he earned a place in the midfield of the NASL Best XI for the year.

Menjivar started playing college soccer at the lower divisions playing for the University of Evansville for two years before moving to CSU Bakersfield, a Division One school, for his final two years of his NCAA eligibility.

There was at least a small level of MLS interest for Menjivar with Portland trialing the youngster at the end of 2013 but his effort was unsuccessful and so he comes to join the Scorpions.

Menjivar is the second member of the 2013 NASL Best XI to join the Scorpions for the 2014 season after Walter Restrepo joined the club earlier.

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