HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Alianza and signed on Jan. 30, 2019.
Zelaya is a proven goalscorer at the club and international levels who joins LAFC in 2019 to add another dimension to the Black & Gold attack.
INTERNATIONAL: Following his national team debut on May 30, 2008, Zelaya has earned 44 caps (36 starts) for El Salvador. The center forward has tallied 21 goals across all competitions, including 9 goals at four different Concacaf Gold Cups.
OUTSIDE MLS: Zelaya arrives in Los Angeles after helping Alianza FC to four league titles from 2014-18. During the Clausura 2018, Zelaya finished sixth with 10 goals in 21 matches, while captaining the team to its 13th league title. Since rejoining Alianza in 2014, Zelaya scored 82 goals in 178 matches across all competitions, including 29 goals in 2017/18. He is Alianza’s all-time leading goalscorer with 122, and has also won the league’s golden boot on three different occasions. Zelaya began his professional career with A.D.I. Intipucá in 2006, notching 19 goals in 31 games. A year later, he would tally 8 goals in 17 matches for CD Chalatenango before joining Alianza for the first time in 2008. Oversees, Zelaya enjoyed stints with Mexico’s Club Leon (2009-10) and Russia’s FC Alania Vladikavkaz (2011-12 & 2013).