Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
United States of America will be aiming to kick off the third stage of the World Cup qualifiers in style when they face El Salvador at Estadio Cuscatlan on Friday morning. The Yanks are brimming with confidence following the Gold Cup triumph, but they can’t afford any complacency in their opener. Christian Pulisic should be cleared in time to face El Salvador despite his positive test for coronavirus, while teenage attacker Ricardo Pepi has been included as well.
La Selecta, on the other hand, were beaten by Qatar (2-3) in the Gold Cup quarter-finals. El Salvador were hammered by USA (0-6) in a last year’s friendly, and, taking everything into account, we do not believe that the hosts are capable of grabbing something from Friday’s qualifier. It has to be noted that Denis Pineda has received his first call-up under Hugo Perez.
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.