Fraser at El Salvador club for new season

BY PAUL BURROWES Observer writer

Thursday, January 05, 2012

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JAMAICAN international 28-year-old Sean Fraser will lace up for one of the most popular and successful top-flight football clubs in El Salvador when the new season of the Clausura 2012 gets underway on Saturday.

Fraser, who played for Premier League clubs Harbour View FC and Portmore United in Jamaica, transferred from Once Municipal where he has been for two seasons to Alianza FC this year.

Alianza FC, the first Central American and Salvadorean club to win the CONCACAF Champions Cup (in 1967), are also the defending champions in the Clausura, which is an 18-round competition in El Salvador's Premiera Division, usually ending by mid-year.

The five-foot, 11-in tall Fraser scored 15 goals from 20 matches for Once Municipal in the Apertura 2011.

Apertura and Clausura are Spanish words for 'opening' and 'closing', respectively. In El Salvador, the Apertura is held in the second half of the calendar year, while the Clausura takes places during the first half of the year.

Each of the tournament is a national championship, so two national titles are awarded each year.

Alianza FC have the second biggest stadium in El Salvador with a capacity of almost 46,000, compared to Once Municipal whose home venue holds no more than 5,000.

Having failed to reach the play-offs of the Apertura last season after finishing in sixth in the regular season, Alianza FC discarded eight players to make room five new ones, including Fraser.

Despite representing Jamaica at the Under-17 World Cup in 1999 and the Under-20 World Cup in 2001, Fraser has only eight senior team caps, having never scored when given the opportunity so far.

When Jamaica won the 2008 Digicel Caribbean Cup, he failed to deliver as Eric Vernan stole the show.

In his last match for the Reggae Boyz against Barbados on December 3, 2008 in the Caribbean Cup, he was replaced by Dane Richards in the 63rd minute.

Jamaica won 2-1, with Rudolph Austin and Luton Shelton scoring in the 79th and 84th minutes, the latter being a penalty.

Fraser, who also played for Miami FC, Puerto Rico Islanders and North East Stars of Trinidad & Tobago, is hoping to make his name with Alianza FC, who boast 10 national titles.

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