World Cup Qualifying Preview: El Salvador - Mexico
El Tri heads to Estadio Cuscatlan as it continues its campaign to qualify for Brazil 2014.
By Seth Vertelney
|El Salvador (4-5-1): Villalobos; Moises, Purdy, Pacheco, Turcios; D. Alas, Romero, Sanchez, J. Alas, Burgos; Blanco|
After drawing 2-2 with Costa Rica, El Salvador will head home to the Cuscatlán in search of their first win in the current round of World Cup qualifying.
|Mexico (4-4-2): Corona; Meza, Rodriguez, Moreno, Salcido; Barrera, Zavala, Guardado, Dos Santos; De Nigris, Hernandez.|
No major changes are foreseen for a Mexican team that struggled at times against Guyana but still pulled out an easy, expected win against the South American nation.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Mexico opened its qualifying campaign with a 3-1 home win against Guyana on Friday night.
- In Group B's other match, El Salvador traveled to San Jose and earned a very credible 2-2 draw against Costa Rica.
- Mexico was left unsatisfied with its two-goal win at home against one of the region's minnows. Head coach Chepo de la Torre said of the performance: "The fans are right [to boo]. They're right because they came here to watch us win and we owed them tonight."
- El Salvador has qualified for two World Cups in its history: 1970 and 1982.
Mexico lost its last trip to Estadio Cuscatlan, falling 2-1 in 2010 World Cup qualifying. El Tri defeated El Salvador 5-0 in the 2011 Gold Cup.
Several major media outlets may refuse to cover the match as a boycott for the Salvadoran federation charging $25 to $50 for credentials.
Top 3 Predictions
El Salvador 2-1 Mexico
- 22.16 %
El Salvador 1-3 Mexico
- 17.06 %
El Salvador 0-3 Mexico
- 9.62 %
|WCQ 2014 (Concacaf) (WCQN)||Oct 16, 2012||Mexico 2 - El Salvador 0|
|WCQ 2014 (Concacaf) (WCQN)||Jun 12, 2012||El Salvador 1 - Mexico 2|
|Gold Cup (GC)||Jun 5, 2011||Mexico 5 - El Salvador 0|
|WCQ 2014 (Concacaf) (WCQN)||Oct 10, 2009||Mexico 4 - El Salvador 1|
|WCQ 2014 (Concacaf) (WCQN)||Jun 6, 2009||El Salvador 2 - Mexico 1|
|Jul 21, 2013||USA 5 - El Salvador 1||GC|
|Jul 15, 2013||El Salvador 1 - Haiti 0||GC|
|Jul 12, 2013||Honduras 1 - El Salvador 0||GC|
|Jul 8, 2013||El Salvador 2 - Trinidad & Tobago 2||GC|
|May 22, 2013||Venezuela 2 - El Salvador 1||FR|
|-||Alfredo Alberto Pacheco|
|9||Rafael Edgardo Burgos||Striker|
|18||Jose Andrés Guardado||Midfielder|
|-||Jorge Emmanuel Torres|
|10||Giovani dos Santos||Striker|
|-||Pablo Edson Barrera|
|1||Francisco Guillermo Ochoa||Goalkeeper|
|-||A. De Nigris|