NEW YORK -- There is little doubt which team the New York Cosmos will root for at next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup: El Salvador.
That's because three players from the two-time defending North American Soccer League champion were named to the Cuscatlecos’ provisional roster for the biennial competition.
Midfielders Andres Flores and Richard Menjivar and forward Irvin Herrera earned invites from head coach Eduardo Lara.
"We're happy to be receive the call-up because we know we've been working very hard with the team in every training and every game," said Flores, who has played for the Cosmos since 2014. "We've been pushing each other to be in a good level. It is the reward to all the hard work."
The Salvadorans face a difficult opener, meeting defending champion Mexico in San Diego on June 9.
"We're going to have the hardest, toughest game first," Flores commented. "It's a big opportunity for us to start on the right foot. Mexico is one of the favorites, but we know that if we do well and we get a good result we're going to get a lot of confidence. We're going to play with confidence. We're going to play the other two games with better opportunities."
In the other two Group C games, El Salvador will face Curacao in Denver (July 13) and Jamaica in San Antonio (July 16).
Flores concluded that reaching the knockout round was vital because “we don't have any other important games now. We need to show our fans we will get better and improve. The best times are coming. We need to go step by step, game by game."
El Salvador has advanced as far as the quarterfinals in four of its nine all-time Gold Cup appearances.