NEW YORK -- It's amazing how just one goal can help open the door for a player.
Take, for example, El Salvador international Irvin Herrera. Scoring the goal that boosted the Cuscatlecos into this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup helped his negotiations with the New York Cosmos.
Future Cosmos teammate Andres Flores fed Herrera the pass that the forward turned into lone goal of a 1-0 win over Nicaragua in the Copa Centroamericana on January 22, 2017.
“There was no agreement yet,” Herrera said about the negotiations for a deal that would ultimately see him be loaned from the USL’s Saint Louis FC to New York. “A week after we finished the tournament, everything started working out with the Cosmos."
Booking a spot in the Gold Cup "was huge," remarked Herrera.
"I'm glad I was the one to score that one goal that got us through, but it was all because of the teamwork in the last game, all the hard work that we put into the last couple of games," he continued. "It’s always big to be in one of those big tournaments."
Flores reminded Herrera about their collaboration on the goal.
"Andres started talking about it: 'Oh, you better give me those kind of assists with the Cosmos,' " Herrera laughed.
Give Flores an assist for helping convince the 25-year-old to join the two-time defending North American Soccer League champion, a club for which Richard Menjivar -- another El Salvador international -- competes
"They asked [Flores] about me," said Herrera. "Since we were national teammates, he said I could be a good addition to the team. Thanks to him and thanks to Gio [Savarese, head coach] for giving me an opportunity to come to this club. It's a big club, big history."
In the Gold Cup, El Salvador will face Group C rivals Mexico (July 9; San Diego, CA), Curacao (July 13; Denver, CO) and Jamaica (July 16; San Antonio, TX).