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Gold Cup Preview: Honduras vs. El Salvador

By on July 5, 2013 at 9:02 am

600x300_GC_eblast_MIACentral American rivals Honduras and El Salvador will meet again in game two of the CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader held at Sun Life Stadium on July 12.  The teams met earlier this year in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana, where they played to a 1-1 draw.

Both Honduras and El Salvador qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup with their performance in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana, where they finished in second and third place respectively.

Honduras heads into the Gold Cup riding a three-game win streak, featuring impressive victories over Costa Rica, Jamaica, and the United States, all in 2014 World Cup Qualifier matches.  Honduras is currently ranked fourth in the CONCACAF fourth round qualifier for the 2014 World Cup, with the top three teams automatically qualify for the finals in Brazil.

Honduras is led by Andy Najar, a former MLS Rookie of the Year with the DC United, who currently plays for Anderlecht in the Belgian Pro League and Roger Rojas, striker for Honduran soccer team CD Olimpia.

Much like Trinidad and Tobago, El Salvador looks forward to the CONCACAF Gold Cup as an opportunity to bounce back from a string of losses this past spring.  After defeating Belize to finish third in the Copa Centroamericana, El Salvador suffered losses to Paraguay, Ecuador and Venezuela.

Roldofo Zelaya, a striker for the Russian club soccer team FC Alania Vladikavkaz and Osael Romero of Alianza F.C. lead the El Salvador national team into the Gold Cup matches.

For more information on how you can see Honduras take on El Salvador at Sun Life Stadium on July 12th, click here.

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