Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Curacao El Salvador moved one step closer to booking their place in the Gold Cup quarter-finals. La Selecta are brimming with confidence ahead of the Group C derby, but coach Carlos de los Cobos must warn his men against complacency. Under 2.5 goals have been netted in seven of El Salvador’s last eight games at the Gold Cup finals and yet another low-scoring affair is on the horizon.
The Reggae Boyz, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 3-2 win over Jamaica, with Dever Orgill scoring a brace. The Ankaragucu attacker is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders, whilst a man to watch in the home team will be Nelson Bonilla, who scored the winner against Curacao. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that they are going to share the spoils at BBVA Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Andres Flores):
Nicknamed Ruso, Andres Flores joined River Plate youth academy in 2006. Flores played for River Plate’s Reserves from 2006 to 2008 and he was producing terrific displays with los Millonarios. However, he began his professional career in his homeland club Isidro Metapan, scoring ten goals in 95 appearances for the Salvadorian outfit. In 2012 he signed a loan deal with Danish club Viborg, but he played only one game for the Greens.
Andres Flores was then sent on a loan to New York Cosmos and after making eight appearances for the MCU Park outfit, he signed a permanent contract with the club in 2015. The El Salvador midfielder, who is capable of playing as a striker as well, made his debut for New York Cosmos on August 2, 2014 in a 1-0 loss to Carolina RailHawks.
Speaking of his international career, Andres Flores received his first call-up for the El Salvador national football team in March, 2008 in a friendly against Trinidad & Tobago.
Highlighted Team (Jamaica):
The Reggae Boyz are enjoying in their 2014 Copa Centroamericana title and are looking forward to their second-ever entry into the Copa America. Jamaica took positives from their debut in the competition last year in Chile despite going out in the group stage and will now be willing to make one step further.
The country had more success later in the summer when Winfried Schafer’s men knocked off the United States in the semi-finals of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Reggae Boyz were ultimately stopped in the final as they lost to Mexico, but the ticket to 2016 Copa America was enough of a reward itself as four highest finishers were guaranteed a place at the competition.
Jamaica stepped onto the international scene with a 2-1 win over Haiti in 1925 and have so far qualified only once for the FIFA World Cup in 1998. It was not until 1965 that Jamaica made their first attempt to qualify for the World Cup though.