Wednesday Nov 27, 2013
Juventud Independiente ready for FAS
Juventud Independiente is looking for its first Salvadoran first division title. (Photo courtesy of Juventud Independiente)
SAN JUAN OPICO, EL SALVADOR - Juventud Independiente has never won a first division title in El Salvador.
That is a fact the team wants to change, starting with this year's Apertura semifinals, when it meets perennial contender FAS.
The San Juan Opico-based side has little experience in the playoffs, where it has featured only once -- the 2013 Clausura semifinals.
Forward Jesús Toscanini, though, says that victory is the only objective.
“You have to have a cool head to face these two matches," he commented on the club's website. "I only just know of what happened in the last tournament. Today, the system is all turned around, it is favoring us a little. The matches have to be won. We cannot go out looking to draw. You have to come out looking to win the two matches.”
The Uruguayan completed a superb regular season by scoring 13 goals and the pairing with FAS will be his first experience with Salvadoran playoff football.
Toscanini emphasized that the goals he scored during the camapign won’t mean anything if the team fails to reach the final.
“It means nothing (being the leading scorer), the championship continues and we have to win the semifinals,’ concluded Toscanini.
The date and site of the first leg between Juventus Independiente and FAS is yet to be confirmed.