El Salvador tops Dominican Republic in friendly

Action from the international friendly between El Salvador and the visiting Dominican Republic on August 30, 2014, at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador. (Photo courtesy of Federación Salvadoreña de Fútbol)

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – El Salvador completed its domestic preparations for the upcoming Central American Cup with a 2-0 win over the Dominican Republic on Saturday at the Estadio Cuscatlan. 

The Salvadorans, playing their first home match in nearly two years, defeated the Caribbean side for the third time in three all-time meetings.

Alexander Larin struck for the first goal in the 25th minute, receiving a picture-perfect pass from Efrain Burgos behind the defense and finding the back of the net with a left-footed shot. 

In the 47th minute, Oscar Ceren put away a rebound to complete the scoreline after Jonathan Aguila’s initial attempt bounced off the Dominican goalkeeper. 

The victory was the first for new head coach Albert Roca, since his appointment in May. 

El Salvador will open its Central American Cup campaign against Guatemala on September 3 in Washington, D.C., at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.