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El Salvador Soccer Betting - Gold CupOfficial name: Federación Salvadoreña de Fútbol

Foundation: 1935

Affiliated to CONCACAF: 1962

Head coach: Eduardo Lara (Colombia)

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El Salvador will feature for a 10th time in the CONCACAF Gold Cup after capturing third place in the 2017 Copa Centroamericana, the squad’s first international tournament under head coach Eduardo Lara, who replaced Ramon Maradiaga in December 2016.

The Copa Centroamericana could prove to be a milestone in El Salvador’s football evolution.  The Cuscatlecos opened with a scoreless draw against two-time defending champion Costa Rica and then were edged 2-1 by Honduras.  From that point, wins over Belize (3-1) and Nicaragua (1-0) sandwiched a narrow 1-0 loss to runner-up and host Panama.

Defeating Nicaragua in the last match was essential to avoiding a two-game playoff against Haiti for the final Gold Cup berth, since the Pinoleros needed only a draw to qualify.  A 54th-minute goal by Irvin Herrera, though, was enough to see El Salvador seal a sixth straight trip to CONCACAF’s premier biennial event.

Interestingly, each of the Salvadorans five Copa goals were notched by players who had never scored in the competition previously.  In addition to Herrera, Rodolfo Zelaya, Gerson Mayen, Juan Barahona and Henry Romero found the back of the net.  Zelaya, though, is El Salvador’s all-time leading Gold Cup scorer with eight goals.

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If El Salvador is going to experience success in the 2017 Gold Cup, its defense will need to show improvement on its record in the fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  The Salvadorans were eliminated from the competition after the completion of that stage, going winless in six games (0W-2D-4L) and conceding two goals or more in five of those outings.

Lara, though, appears to have his back line heading in the right direction.  At the Copa, it allowed four goals in five matches, but leaked more than one only once.  Youthful defenders Juan Barahona (22), Alexander Larin (24) and Bryan Tamacas (22) are the core of what could be a formidable unit for years to come.

Offensively, forwards Herrera, Zelaya and Nelson Bonilla (team-best five goals in 2018 WCQ) should offer sufficient firepower, but the midfield – led by Darwin Ceren – must ready to step up its performances against high-level opposition

El Salvador National Soccer Team - Player Roster

GOALKEEPERS DATE OF BIRTH CLUB
1 Óscar Arroyo 28-01-1990 Alianza FC
18 Derby Carrillo 19-09-1987 IBV Vestmannaeyjar
22 Benji Villalobos 15-07-1988 CD Águila
DEFENDERS DATE OF BIRTH CLUB
13 Alexander Larín 27-06-1992 FC Juárez
5 Iván Mancia 01-05-1989 Alianza FC
23 Ruben Marroquín 15-10-1992 Alianza FC
2 Milton Molina 02-02-1989 Isidro Metapán
4 Henry Romero 17-10-1991 Alianza FC
21 Bryan Tamacas 21-02-1995 Santa Tecla
MIDFIELDERS DATE OF BIRTH CLUB
15 Efraín Burgos 14-08-1988 Reno 1868 FC
7 Darwin Cerén 31-12-1989 San José Earthquakes
16 Óscar Cerén 23-10-1991 Alianza FC
3 Roberto Domínguez 09-05-1997 Santa Tecla
14 Andrés Flores 31-08-1990 New York Cosmos
17 Víctor García 15-06-1995 CD Águila
10 Gerson Mayen 09-02-1989 Santa Tecla
6 Richard Menjivar 31-10-1990 New York Cosmos
12 Narciso Orellana 28-01-1995 Alianza FC
8 Denis Pineda 10-08-1995 Santa Clara
19 Edwin Sánchez 21-02-1990 CD Águila
STRIKERS DATE OF BIRTH CLUB
20 Harold Alas 19-09-1989 Santa Tecla
9 Nelson Bonilla 11-09-1990 Gaziantepspor
11 Rodolfo Zelaya 03-07-1988 Alianza FC

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