Game Notes: El Salvador v Curaçao
Action from the international friendly host Curacao (host) and El Salvador on March 22, 2017, in Willemstad, Curacao.
El Salvador Curaçao
29Games Played1
25Goals For0
52Goals Against2
Match Officials
Referee - Hector Rodriguez (Honduras)
AR1 -  Melvyn Cruz (Honduras)
AR2 -  Gerson Lopez (Guatemala)
4th -  Bryan Lopez (Guatemala)
El Salvador:  No
Curaçao:   No
Single Caution
El Salvador: Ivan Mancia, Darwin Ceren
Curaçao: Leandro Bacuna, Gillian Justiana
Sports Authority Field – Denver, Colorado

El Salvador

• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): Mexico 3, El Salvador 1 … Nelson Bonilla’s 10th-minute equalizer gave El Salvador its first-ever GC goal against Mexico in three meetings, but the

Cuscatlecos fell 3-1 for their first loss in a group opener since a 5-0 defeat to Mexico in the 2011 tournament

• 2017 Gold Cup results: 1-3 loss v Mexico (Nelson Bonilla 10’)

• Head Coach: Eduardo Lara (since December of 2016) … promoted from El Salvador U-20 head coach position … the Colombian spent nearly a decade as a youth manager in his home

country’s national team program … also served briefly as Colombia’s first-team interim manager when Jorge Luis Pinto was dismissed in 2008

• Qualification method: 3rd place, 2017 Copa Centroamericana … Gold Cup Appearances: 10 (1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)

• Gold Cup record: GP-29; W-7; D-6; L-16; GF-25; GA-52 …

• Best Finish: Quarterfinals-4 (2002, 2003, 2011, 2013) … outscored 15-4 across quarterfinal appearances

• Top GC Scorers: Rodolfo Zelaya (8 goals) … Zelaya scored 4 goals in both the 2011 and 2013 tournaments … Did not play in the 2015 edition

• 2017 Copa Centroamericana results (round robin): 0-0 draw v Costa Rica, 1-2 loss v Honduras, 3-1 win v Belize, 0-1 loss v Panama, 1-0 win v Nicaragua … Record: GP-5; W-2; D-1; L-

2; GF-5; GA-4

• 2017 Copa Centroamericana scorers: Juan Barahona, Gersen Mayen, Irvin Herrera, Henry Romero, Rodolfo Zelaya (1 goal) … Herrera’s 54th-minute goal in last match against

Nicaragua clinched Gold Cup berth

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: eliminated after finishing bottom of group in the fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying (GP-6; W-0; D-2; L-4; GF-4; GA-13) … Overall qualifying record:

GP-10; W-3; D-3; L-4; GF-12; GA-16) … qualified for two World Cups: Mexico ‘70 and Spain ’82

• Eliminated Curacao from CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in third round (agg: 2-0) … 1st leg: 1-0 away win (Alexander Larin 12’) … 2nd leg: 1-0 home win (Jonathan

Barrios 9’)

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Scorers: Nelson Bonilla (5 goals); Alexander Larin (2); Arturo Alvarez, Jonathan Barrios, Darwin Ceren, Irvin Herrera, Pablo Punyed (1)

• Winless in last five Gold Cup matches (0W-2D-3L) … last GC victory: 1-0 v Haiti on July 15, 2013 (Rodolfo Zelaya 75’) … currently riding two-game GC losing streak, longest since

losing three from 2009-11 … never lost more than three consecutive GC matches

• Scored one goal or fewer in last seven GC matches (four goals total)

• GC record against Caribbean opponents: GP-9; W-4; D-1; L-4; GF-15; GA-10 … First GC match (Jan. 10, 1996): 3-2 win v Trinidad and Tobago (Raul Diaz Arce 34’, 72’ pen; Ronald

Cerritos 50’) … Biggest team GC victory (June 6, 2011): 6-1 win v Cuba: (Rodolfo Zelaya 13’, 71’; Osael Romero 29’; Lester Blanco 69’; Arturo Alvarez 84’; Eliseo Quintanilla 90’+4’)


• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): Curacao 0, Jamaica 2 … In Gold Cup debut, Curacao outshot Jamaica (19-12 overall, 12-6 on target), but conceded twice after halftime and

couldn’t beat Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake

• 2017 Gold Cup results: 0-2 loss v Jamaica

• Head Coach: Remko Bicentini (Since September 2016) … advanced into head coaching role after serving as an assistant to former Dutch international and Ajax, Barcelona and AC

Milan star Patrick Kluivert

• Gold Cup appearances: 1 (2017) … Gold Cup Record: GP-1; W-0; D-0; L-1; GF-0; GA-2 … Best finish: N/A … Top GC Scorer: N/A

• Qualification method: Champion, 2016/2017 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup

• 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup results: (1st Round) 0-1 loss v Barbados, 2-1 win v Dominican Republic; (2nd Round) 5-2 win v Guyana, 7-0 win v U.S. Virgin Islands;

(3rd Round) 3-0 win v Antigua and Barbuda; 4-2 win aet v Puerto Rico; (Semifinals) 2-1 win v Martinique: (Final) 2-1 win v Jamaica … Overall record: GP-8; W-7; D-0; L-1; GF-25; GA-8

• 2016/17 Caribbean Cup scorers: Gino van Kessel, Felitciano Zschusschen (7 goals); Leandro Bacuna (4); Rangelo Janga (3), Gevaro Nepomuceno, Elson Hooi (2)

• Qualified for Gold Cup via 4-2 extra-time win v Puerto Rico (Rangelo Janga 69’; Leandro Bacuna 85’, 120’+1’; Felitciano Zschusschen 97’) to reach Caribbean Cup semifinals

• Captured first-ever Caribbean Cup title with 2-1 win over Jamaica in the final on June 25, 2017 (Elson Hooi 10’, 84’)

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: eliminated in the third round of CONCACAF qualifying, falling to El Salvador (agg: 0-2) … Overall qualifying record: GP-6; W-1; D-3; L-2; GF-5; GA-6

… 2018 WCQ scorers: Vidarrell Merencia (2 goals); Darryl Lachman, Charlton Vicento, Felitciano Zschusschen (1)

• Hosted El Salvador in an international friendly on March 22, 2017 … Curacao 1 (Felitciano Zschusschen (74’), El Salvador 1 (Rodolfo Zelaya 90’)

• Gino van Kessel was only CONCACAF player to lead a European league in scoring for 2015/16 season (17 goals for Trencin in Slovakia)

• Aston Villa defender Leandro Bacuna represented the Netherlands at the U19 (9 games/1 goal) and U21 (6 games/1 goal) levels in European competitions

• Gevaro Nepomuceno appeared in six games and scored one goal for Romania’s Petrolul Ploiesti in the qualifying phase of the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League.

• Rhuendly “Cuco” Martina has UEFA Europa League experience with FC Twente and Southampton … first Curacao international to score in the English Premier League, striking in 19th

minute of a 4-0 win over visiting Arsenal on December 26, 2015

• Goalkeeper Eloy Room has appeared in two UEFA Europa League games with Dutch side Vitesse (both games against Southampton in 2015)

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