Now they will look to build a winning streak at the expense of Canada in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Instead, he fired a shot horribly high and wide.
It would have been a goal against the grain, as El Salvador’s fleet-footed XI cut through the Canadians at will. It’s first test beginning with a tournament opener against El Salvador at StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Herrera continued to be the central figure in all El Salvador’s attacks; pressing hard and pinning Canada’s back line into their own half. Those saves kept the match getting away from Canada at a time when El Salvador was in the ascendency.
Frankly, the second half was pretty disjointed. Moments later, Canadian goalkeeper Kiriakos Stamatopoulos misplayed a punch-out, but he recovered to block Irvin Herrera’s close-range shot. Marcus Haber had a chance late on that Carrillo collected, and most other chances were taken from outside the 18. After drawing blood, he was substituted out just 10 minutes into the game.
Tosaint Ricketts had another chance for Canada in the 43rd minute – beating two defenders during a breakaway – but his shot from 15 yards out went high. Ultimately neither team was able to break the deadlock, wasting an opportunity to go top of the group in the process after group favourites Costa Rica dropped what was expected to be a win.
The Spanish tactician also claimed his side were pushing for the win as much as the Salvadorans, who made Canada goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos work for his clean sheet.
Torono FC’s Quillan Roberts, Ashtone Morgan and Jonathan Osorio, Kyle Bekker and Tesho Akindele of FC Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Russell Teibert, Maxim Tissot of the Montreal Impact, the New York Red Bulls’ Karl Ouimette and veteran defender Marcel de Jong of Sporting Kansas City round out the MLS contingent.
“The analysis of all four teams in Group B after one matches is that all teams are very equal”, said Floro.