Our football match prediction:
Qualcomm Stadium will host Monday’s football game between Mexico and El Salvador, who take on each other at the start of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. El Tri did well to beat Jamaica in the 2-15 Gold Cup final and they are now on a quest to defend their trophy. Star players Javier Hernandez Chicharito, Carlos Vela and Hector Herrera have been omitted, but the likes of Luis Reyes, Edson Alvarez and Alejandro Mayorga will be added to the squad after the FIFA Confederations Cup. Anyhow, the Mexicans are regarded as hot favourites to beat El Salvador in their opener and we predict that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in their Gold Cup opener. El Salvador experienced all sorts of problems at the back in their last warm-up game against Ecuador and, taking everything into account, they are unlikely to upset El Tri in the opening match of their Gold Cup campaign.
Highlighted Player (Diego Reyes):
Diego Antonio Reyes is a young 23-year-old Mexico centre back who plays for Spanish club Real Sociedad on loan from Porto. The defender has often been described as intelligent in his positioning and strong in the air. He is considered to be a natural ball-playing defender who is comfortable in possession. Although he is primarily a defender, Reyes has played as a defensive midfielder too. He made his professional debut with Club America in 2010 starting as a midfielder but quickly moving into his more naturally suited central defender role. He was quickly snapped up by Porto in 2013 although his playing time at the Portuguese club was limited. Reyes has played for Mexico at various national youth team levels including the gold-medal winning under-23 squad at the 2012 London Olympics. He was called up to the senior team in 2011 and has already participated in Confederations Cup and FIFA World Cup.
Highlighted Team (El Salvador):
El Salvador are a national football team that play their home games at Estadio Cuscatlan. La Azul y Blanco turned down an invitation from Brazil to take part in the 1950 World Cup finals, but in 1970 they made it to the finals of the showpiece tournament in Mexico 20 years later. They participated at the 1982 World Cup finals as well, but they have yet to advance the first round of the finals competition. El Salvador hosted the first CONCACAF Championship, but they failed to win the trophy, with the team suffering a loss to Costa Rica in the title game. Speaking of the Central American and Carribean Games, la Selecta won the trophy on two occasions (1954, 2002) and in 1968 they booked their place at the Olympic Games in Mexico. The likes of Magico Gonzalez, Rodolfo Zelaya, Arturo Alvarez, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Ronald Cerritos, Raul Diaz Arce, Alexander Larin, Eliseo Quintanilla, Jaime Alas and Alfredo Pacheco are some of the notable footballers who played for El Salvador.