Real Salt Lake's CONCACAF Champions League group — Group G — features two teams that most of probably don't know much about: Santa Tecla FC, from El Salvador, and CSD Municipal, from Guatemala.
El Salvador: Santa Tecla FC
Santa Tecla is a relatively new club — newer than Real Salt Lake, even — and they won their first championship only this year.
Last (and first) championship: 2015 Clausura
U.S. connections: Derby Carillo, formerly of NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks and USL's FC New York and a former Seattle Sounders trainee, was Santa Tecla's starting goalkeeper last season. Gerson Mayén, a midfielder born in Los Angeles, played for Chivas USA and Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. Edgar Alvarez, a Salvador-American and the brother of former RSL player Arturo Alvarez, played for Santa Tecla for a time as well. Irvin Herrera played college soccer in the U.S. at Gardner-Webb University, Southern Wesleyan, and Wesleyan.
Guatemala: CSD Municipal
Municipal is one of the storied clubs of Guatemalan soccer — the second-most successful team behind Comunicaciones, from where we plucked Elias Vasquez.
Last championship: 2011
Qualification: Most combined points between 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura.
MLS connections: Carlos Ruiz, former LA Galaxy, FC Dallas, and Philadelphia Union forward. He's on the older side (35) but he scored 25 goals across the 2014-15 Apertura and Clausura in Guatemala. Jaime Alas, who played five matches for San Jose Earthquakes in 2013 — none of which were against RSL.