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Irvin Herrera, El Salvador va en la dirección correcta

Irvin Herrera de El Salvador (uniforme azul) anota contra Nicaragua en la Copa Centroamericana el 22 de enero del 2017, en la Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá. (Foto: Imágenes en Costa Rica)

CIUDAD DE PANAMÁ, Panamá - Cuando la suerte llegó, Irvin Herrera aceptó la responsabilidad con entusiasmo.

En el último día de competencias en la Copa Centroamericana el pasado domingo, El Salvador necesitaba derrotar a Nicaragua con el fin de clasificar directamente a la Copa Oro 2017 de la CONCACAF. Los nicaragüenses en cambio, estaban a un empate para lograrlo.

El temor de un primer tiempo sin goles dio paso al júbilo a los 54 minutos.

Andrés Flores envió un pase desde la izquierda al área en una jugada de pared con Herrera. Sin vacilar, el atacante de 25 años remató desde seis metros para anotar el gol del triunfo que le valió a El Salvador el pase a una sexta Copa Oro consecutiva.

Herrera, que ingresó de cambio en el medio tiempo, celebró su primer gol de la Copa con dos volteretas.

“Aquí está la recompensa,” dijo el destacado jugador del Saint Louis FC de la USL. “Se me dio la oportunidad a poder entrar. La única que tuve en el partido la pude concretar y ahora es el pase a la Copa Oro directo, que es lo que buscábamos.”

El Salvador nunca ha superado los cuartos de final de la Copa Oro en nueve intentos de todos los tiempos. Existe una creencia en el equipo, sin embargo, que se encaminan por el camino correcto después de la designación de Eduardo Lara como entrenador el mes pasado.

“El grupo se ve demasiado unido, hace tiempo que no se veía así” “Dentro y fuera de la cancha nos conocemos muy bien. Somos muy unidos. Convivimos ciento por ciento. A dentro de la cancha nos conocemos. Vinimos ya hace rato jugando y ahora está el premio de todo el trabajo que hemos venido haciendo en tan poco tiempo.” finalizó Herrera.

 
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