SAN ANTONIO, Texas – If El Salvador (1W-0D-1L, 3 points, 0GD) wants to progress out to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals, it will have to accomplish something for the first-ever time in the competition: earn a point against Jamaica.
The Group C rivals, who will square off Sunday at the Alamodome, have met three previous times, with the Reggae Boyz winning each one by the combined score of 4-0.
A draw would be enough to see both through to the knockout rounds, but the Salvadorans have to avoid a loss that would necessitate going to a tiebreaker with Group B’s Martinique (1-0-2, 3, GD-2).
Here are some storylines to watch:
- How much is Jamaica willing to attack? If finishing atop the group is important to the Reggae Boyz, maybe forward Darren Mattocks will be given license to net for the fourth time in five Gold Cup games.
- The Jamaican defense has yet to concede a goal in two games. Can the defense maintain that level of excellence and will goalkeeper Andre Blake stand out once again?
- If El Salvador loses by the score of 3-1, a draw will be needed to determine if it or Martinique will advance.
- El Salvador missed out on the quarterfinals in the 2015 Gold Cup after making two straight trips to the knockout rounds. Is the motivation of a return to the last eight enough to overcome the 2015 runner-up?