El Salvador has featured in eight of the 12 all-time Gold Cup tournaments, progressing to the quarterfinals four times. It last advanced that far just two years ago, before falling 5-1 to the United States.
Albert Roca was named head coach in May 2014. Last September, he led the Salvadorans to a fourth-place finish in the 2014 Central American Cup, which qualified them for this year’s Gold Cup. They bounced back from an opening loss to eventual runner-up Guatemala (2-1) with wins over Honduras (1-0) and Belize (2-0) to finish second in Group A. A 1-0 loss to Panama in the match for third place meant that El Salvador would conclude the competition in fourth place for the fourth time in its last five attempts. Forward Rafael Burgos led the way with two goals, joining Raul Diaz Arce as the only Salvadorans to score in three straight editions of the Central American Cup.
In June, the Cuscatlecos opened their participation in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup by defeating St. Kitts & Nevis (agg: 6-3 … 1st leg: 2-2 away draw; 2nd leg: 4-1 home win) in a two-legged, second-round series. Nelson Bonilla struck for three of the goals, while Arturo Alvarez, Darwin Ceren and Irvin Herrera scored one each.
Trinidad & Tobago
PPL Park, a state-of-the-art 18,500-seat Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium, serves as home to Philadelphia Union. Since opening its doors on June 27, 2010, it has hosted numerous events for multiple sports. In October 2014, the CONCACAF Women’s Championship finals were held there as the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico earned berths to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Two years earlier, the MLS All-Stars squared off against English-power Chelsea before a crowd of 19,236. PPL Park has been recognized on multiple occasions, winning awards from Mid Atlantic Construction Magazine for “Best Sports/Recreation Project of the Year,” the Delaware County Planning Commission for outstanding land projects in the County and the NCS4 Facility Achievement Award that honors venues that excel in safety and security operations.
City: Chester, Pennsylvania
Past Gold Cups:first-time venue
Field Size: 120 x 75