El Salvador tops Canada in friendly

Action from the international friendly between Canada (white jersey) and El Salvador on October 8, 2017, in Houston, Texas, USA. (Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer)

HOUSTON – Denis Pineda scored in the second half and El Salvador beat Canada, 1-0, in an international friendly on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium.

El Salvador improved to 2W-1D-1L in its last four games, while Canada – coming off a 2-0 win over 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup runner-up Jamaica last month -- fell for the second time in three outings.

The game’s only goal came in the 75th minute, when Alexander Larin delivered a cross from the left that bounced in the box, allowing Pineda to tap in from four yards at the right post.

A portion of the net proceeds from the match will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in the Houston area.