Roca steps down as El Salvador head coach

Albert Roca (pictured) stepped down as head coach of El Salvador after 14 months in charge. (Photo: Mexsport)

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – The Federación Salvadoreña de Fútbol confirmed on Friday that national team head coach Albert Roca stepped down from his position effective immediately.

The news came just two days after El Salvador officially failed to progress beyond the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup’s group stage. It finished third in Group B with a 0W-2D-1L record, but was denied a quarterfinal place following Cuba’s 1-0 win over Guatemala. The result allowed the Caribbean side to advance as one of the two best third-place sides.

Roca, a 52-year-old Spaniard, was hired in May 2014, leading the Cuscatlecos later that year to a fourth-place finish in the Central American Cup, which gave them an automatic berth in the Gold Cup.

In June, El Salvador topped St. Kitts & Nevis (agg: 6-3) to advance to the third round of qualifying in CONCACAF for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

No timetable has been set to name a replacement.