Our prediction for this Gold Cup 2017 match:
2017 Gold Cup hosts failed to impress in their opener, with the team sharing the spoils with Panama at Nissan Stadium. The Yanks, though, did well to beat Martinique in their second group game (3-2) and they put icing on the cake with a routine 3-0 triumph over Nicaragua at the weekend. Bruce Arena does not count on his star players at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but his men are definitely capable of beating El Salvador in front of home fans at Lincoln Financial Field. A man to watch in the home team will be Jordan Morris, who was rested in the 3-0 win over Nicaragua. Despite suffering a 2-0 loss to Mexico in the opening match of their Gold Cup campaign, El Salvador eventually booked their place in the quarter-finals of the tournament. La Azul y Blanco produced a fine performance in their final group game against Jamaica (1-1), but they face an uphill task in Thursday’s football match against the Yanks.
Highlighted Player (Alfredo Morales):
Alfredo Morales is an American football player who was born in Berlin on 12 May, 1990. The USA midfielder moved to Germany as a boy and he played for the likes of BSC Reinickendorf 21, Borussia Pankow, FC Concordia Wilhelmsruh and Hertha BSC during his youth career.
Morales played 81 games for Hertha II at senior level, scoring 11 league goals for the capital club. He made 20 appearances for the first team as well, but in 2013 he joined Ingolstadt on a two-year deal. Alfredo Morales was eligible to play for both Germany and USA, but he decided to represent the Yanks on the international level.
The 183-cm-tall midfielder made his USA debut on 29 January, 2013 against Canada. He came as a substitute 15 minutes before the final whistle. It has to be noted that Morales represented United States of America at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both centre back and a defensive midfielder.
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 Gonzales, 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.