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Nicaragua Soccer Betting - Gold CupOfficial name: Federación Nicaragüense de Fútbol

Foundation: 1931

Affiliated to CONCACAF: 1961

Head coach: Henry Duarte (Costa Rica)

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With Haiti needing only to avoid a two-goal loss against host Nicaragua in the second leg of their qualifying playoff to secure a berth in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Juan Barrera happened.  The 28-year-old attacker scored three goals in the last eight minutes as the Nicaraguans earned a stunning 3-0 win over the Caribbean power and progressed via a 4-3 aggregate triumph.

Such success has been a rare treat for Nicaraguan football fans, but since Henry Duarte’s arrival as head coach in December 2014, the Pinoleros have demonstrated clear improvement.

In order to reach the playoff series against Haiti, Nicaragua finished fifth in the 2017 Copa Centroamericana standings with a 1W-1D-3L record.  It opened with a pair of narrow losses to eventual-champion Honduras (1-2) and host Panama (1-2), before a momentous draw with two-time defending champion Costa Rica (0-0).  A 3-1 win over Belize followed thanks to goals by Barrera (30'), Daniel Cadena (84'), Bryan Garcia (90'), setting up a decisive last encounter against El Salvador.  Nicaragua would have locked up direct passage to the Gold Cup with a draw, only for the Salvadorans to prevail, 1-0.

Under Duarte’s leadership, the Nicaraguans nearly pulled off the surprise of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  After getting past Anguilla in the first round (agg: 8-0) and Suriname in the second round (agg: 4-1), a drama-filled series with 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup runner-up Jamaica ensued.  Nicaragua posted a 3-2 historic road win in the opener, gaining the ability to advance automatically with a win, draw or even a 1-0 loss in the second leg.  Down 1-0 with the clock elapsing, Nicaragua appeared on course to progress, when Simon Dawkins’ 89th-minute goal gave the Reggae Boyz a 2-0 win.

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If Nicaragua is to better a 0-0-3 record from its only Gold Cup appearance in 2009, Barrera – who entered as a substitute three times in that competition -- will be counted on to produce once again.  In 2015, he became the first Nicaraguan to play in Europe, making two appearances in both the domestic league and the UEFA Europa League for Austria’s Rheindorf Altach.

Forwards Raul Leguias (35) and Carlos Chavarria (23) were Nicaragua’s joint-top scorers in 2018 World Cup Qualifying on three goals each, while winger Bryan Garcia (22) netted a team-high two goals in the Copa Centroamericana.

Nicaragua National Soccer Team - Player Roster

GOALKEEPERS DATE OF BIRTH CLUB
1 Justo Lorente 27-02-1984 UNAN Managua
23 Henry Maradiaga 05-02-1990 Real Estelí
12 Diedrich Téllez 31-10-1984 Diriangén
DEFENDERS DATE OF BIRTH CLUB
6 Luis Copete 12-02-1989 Comerciantes Unidos
22 Cyril Errington 30-03-1992 Real Estelí
20 Oscar López 27-02-1992 Managua
4 Henry Niño 03-10-1997 Jaco Rays FC
2 Josue Quijano 10-03-1991 Real Estelí
3 Manuel Rosas 14-10-1983 Real Estelí
5 Erick Tellez 28-01-1989 Diriangén
17 Bismarck Véliz 10-09-1993 Chinandega
MIDFIELDERS DATE OF BIRTH CLUB
9 Daniel Cadena 09-02-1987 UMF Njardvik
16 Elvis Figueroa 18-12-1988 Real Estelí
10 Luis Galeano 15-10-1991 Real Estelí
13 Bryan Garcia 21-08-1995 Real Estelí
8 Marlon López 02-11-1992 Real Estelí
18 Maykel Montiel 27-01-1993 UNAN Managua
15 Bismarck Montiel 05-03-1995 Managua
19 Luis Peralta 12-10-1988 Walter Ferreti
STRIKERS DATE OF BIRTH CLUB
11 Juan Barrera 02-05-1989 Comunicaciones
7 Carlos Chavarria 02-05-1994 Real Estelí
21 Jorge Hurtado 27-08-1998 Walter Ferreti
14 Eulises Pavón 06-01-1993 Suchitepéquez

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