A Central American power in transition, El Salvador is a nation clearly on the up after a few unusually lean years among a long history of international triumphs. On the Gold Cup stage, El Salvador has participated in seven of the previous 11 confederation tournaments, reaching the quarterfinals three times. The last quarterfinal appearance came just two years ago, when the Cuscatlecos fell to Panama 5-3 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw.
This year’s group, under its energetic head coach Agustin Castillo, took third at the 2013 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana and hopes to continue its upward trajectory in the United States this summer. El Salvador neither scored nor conceded more than one goal in four Copa games. Nelson Bonilla’s 50th minute tally against Belize in the match for third place proved to be the difference, as the Salvadorans came away 1-0 winners.
Facing a group consisting of Honduras (it will be the first-ever Gold Cup meeting between the Central American rivals), Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago, El Salvador has set its sights on nothing less than a semifinal appearance this year.
Behind the strength of a youthful and confident team led by the emerging pair of midfield engines Darwin Ceren and Richard Menjivar, plus the front-running exploits of goal ace Rafael Burgos, El Salvador has every reason to believe it can challenge its historical limits and break new ground at the 2013 Gold Cup.
|1||Goalie||Eleonor Alexandra Hernàndez Zelaya||19/4/1999||El Salvador|
|18||Goalie||Ana Yanci Granillo Coreas||14/6/1997||El Salvador|
|5||Defender||Fatima Andrea Diaz Bermùdez||17/3/1999||El Salvador|
|6||Defender||Daniela Guadalupe Espinoza Bernal||19/6/1998||El Salvador|
|3||Defender||Blanca Elizabeth Aguilar Torres||1/4/1998||El Salvador|
|2||Defender||Ingrid Jhaneri Franco Martìnez||29/12/1997||El Salvador|
|20||Defender||Yoselin Marilyn Zapata Aguilar||9/6/1997||El Salvador|
|4||Defender||Elaily Jasmine Hernàndez Represa||27/5/2000||El Salvador|
|9||Midfield||Ashly Karina Tobar Montoya||14/2/2000||El Salvador|
|14||Midfield||Katerin Azucena Sigaran Carpio||7/8/1997||El Salvador|
|10||Midfield||Maggi Carolina Segovia Romero||15/1/2001||El Salvador|
|7||Midfield||Brenda Damaria Ceren Delgado||24/9/1998||El Salvador|
|8||Midfield||Sandra Elizabeth Cortez Maravilla||2/1/1997||El Salvador|
|12||Midfield||Astrid Daniela Lòpez Flores||23/3/1999||El Salvador|
|19||Midfield||Sofìa Vicenza Alfaro Tripp||25/3/1997||El Salvador|
|15||Midfield||Mayra Cristina Sosa Aguilar||6/7/1998||El Salvador|
|17||Forward||Lesly Aracely Molina Rivera||28/1/1997||El Salvador|
|11||Forward||Evelyn Grisselda Torres Peña||27/7/1997||El Salvador|
|13||Forward||Alejandra Wahn Alvayero||5/1/1998||El Salvador|
|16||Forward||Maritza Azucena Fùnes Rodrìguez||28/2/1997||El Salvador|