Colorado Springs, CO (June 1st, 2022) – The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced today the signing of Central American midfielder Jairo Henriquez, current captain of the El Salvador International Team. Per club policy, the details of thesigning have not been made public and is pending league and federation approval.
Henriquez will join the Switchbacks following the upcoming FIFA international window, during which El Salvador will play three games in the Concacaf Nations League A over the next two weeks. La Selecta will face Grenada on Saturday, June 4 at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador before a return fixture between the countries in Grenada at the Kirani James National Stadium on Tuesday, June 7. El Salvador will then host the United States Men’s National Team at the Estadio Cuscatlan on Tuesday, June 14 to close its upcoming schedule.
“Jairo’s recent World Cup qualifying experience, as well as his club accomplishments in El Salvador grabbed our attention,” said GM and Head Coach Brendan Burke. “He is a hard working and creative player that will add quite a bit of technical quality to our midfield. We are looking forward to Jairo joining training and getting settled in Colorado Springs later this month.”
Henriquez, 28, began his professional career in 2013, after being signed to Turin FESA FC after growing up within the club. He made 35 appearances with Linces de Tlaxcala between 2013 and 2015, before being signed to FAS (Club Deportivo Futbolistas Asociados Santanecos) in January 2015. While there he made 84 appearances. Henriquez signed with Municipal Limeno for the Clausaura 2018, and then signed with Santa Tecla for the Apetrutra 2018. He currently plays for Aguila (Club Deportivo Águila) one of the most successful clubs in El Salvador football history.
Henriquez is most known for his international play, standing for the El Salvador national team on the 2012 and 2013 U-20 teams, the 2014 U21 team, the 2015 U23 team, and making 26 appearances since 2015 with the El Salvador national team. In 2021 he helped lead the team to a Gold Cup victory over Trinidad and Tobago, and won both their rounds for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He has represented the El Salvador team as Captain since 2021.
“I am very excited for this opportunity, to play for the Colorado Springs Switchbacks,” said Henriquez on the signing. “I am ready to get to work, meet the staff, and my teammates.”
Name: Jairo Henriquez
Height: 5′ 6″
Date of Birth: August 31st, 1993
Hometown: San Salvador, El Salvador