El Salvador focuses on finishing
Gerson Mayen (left) and Rodolfo Zelaya (right) each have scored one goal for El Salvador in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup titles. (Photo: A

DENVER, Colorado – El Salvador striker Nelson Bonilla covered his face with both hands.  He had just sent a shot off target Thursday night during a 2-0 win against Curacao in a Group C match.  

It was one of numerous shots by La Selecta, 13 of which were on goal and another eight off the mark.  Those are stats that head coach Eduardo Lara wants to see improve if his team is to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.

“It’s a bad streak for the forwards,” Lara said.  “When they are on, they score…even with their backs or with what they can, it will always go in.  We hope that we can complete these type of plays in the next game and have a good dose of those.”

The Salvadorans are working on finishing efficiency, but as for the overall functionality of the squad against Curacao, Lara was pleased with the team’s defensive effort.

“We want to find a team with good ball control,” remarked Lara.  “We got some of that (Thursday).  It’s hard to do it for the 90 minutes.  We are not going to change the tactical idea we have because of a result.” 

El Salvador (1W-0D-1L, 3 points) sits third in the Group C standings and will face second-place Jamaica (1-1-0, 4) on Sunday in San Antonio, Texas.  A draw will be enough for the Cuscatlecos to advance as one of the two best third-place teams.

 “I like to be under pressure because that is when you are really going to get to know the player,” Lara said.  “The next game has to be the same because we need to win and qualify.  We want to qualify playing well and make an identical game, leave everything on the field.”