Courage crucial to El Salvador’s surge

On September 7, 2014, Richard Menjivar (white jersey) scored the goal that gave El Salvador its first Central American Cup win over Honduras in more than 11 years. (Photo: Mexsport)

DALLAS, Texas - Richard Menjivar revealed that "courage" was key to El Salvador’s 1-0 victory over Honduras in the Central American Cup (CCA) on Sunday.

The 23-year-old, born in the United States, struck for the game’s only goal, an inspired second-half effort that lifted the Cuscatlecos to only their second win in 12 all-time CCA meetings with their long-time rival. 

"I was looking forward to scoring and thank God I did it," said a thrilled Menjivar.  "We knew the game would be difficult, but I'm happy with the team's performance."

The Salvadoran hero acknowledged that before the game head coach Albert Roca said, "we can also play with courage."

With the score tied at 0-0, the Spanish manager reiterated his statement that courage would be required in order to win, Menjivar revealed.

"He told us we had to stay the same,” commented the San Antonio Scorpions midfielder.  “I think we did things pretty well in the first half, but had to reinforce the attitude, play boldly and try to score.”

El Salvador will clinch at least a spot in the CCA’s match for fifth place with a draw against Belize on Wednesday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.