El Salvador excited for Panama rematch

Action from the match for third place in the 2014 Central American Cup between El Salvador (blue jersey) and Panama in Los Angeles. (Photo: Mexsport) 

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – After falling in friendlies last month to a pair of 2014 FIFA World Cup participants – Colombia and Ecuador -- El Salvador returns to action on Friday against visiting Panama at the Estadio Cuscatlan.

Midfielder Efrain Burgos is expecting a difficult encounter against the Canaleros, who won the previous meeting between them, 1-0, in the 2014 Central American Cup’s match for third place on September 13 in Los Angeles.

“Panama is a strong team,” said the Atlanta Silverbacks midfielder.  “They have some interesting players, a system that is similar to ours and in the last match they got an early goal against us, so we are thinking about doing things better in order to grab a positive result.”

Included on the Cuscatleco roster is a pair of newcomers in FAS goalkeeper Luis Contreras and winger Marlon Trejo of Águila.

Contreras is thankful for the opportunity to be representing his country.

“I am happy for the opportunity to have the trust of the coaches,” said the 32-year-old.  “I am going to work in the way of giving my best and hope to contribute.”

Even though it is his first call-up, Trejo is eager to earn a regular spot on the national team and is looking forward to facing off against Panama.

“I want to demonstrate that they have to take me into account for the long term,” he said.  “Panama will be a difficult challenge for the squad.  Panama is a difficult match.  It is the first time that I have faced a rival with that characteristic.  All that is left is to work and on the day of the match show what we’ve been working on.”

El Salvador will also visit Nicaragua on November 18.