Richard Menjivar (pictured) scored his first-ever Central American Cup goal on September 7, 2014, against Honduras in Dallas, Texas. (Photo: Mexsport)
DALLAS, Texas – The fact that El Salvador remains in strong contention to advance to the 2014 Copa Centroamericana final and also qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup is thanks in large part to Richard Menjivar.
On Sunday, the midfielder struck brilliantly in the Cuscatlecos’ 1-0 win over 2014 World Cup participant Honduras. It was the kind of goal about which footballers’ dream, but don’t necessarily execute in such an important match against a long-time rival.
“During the play I received the ball, picked my head up, was looking for a teammate, but didn’t see any movement, so I did the fake to see if something would happen and luckily the defender bit a little bit,” said Menjivar, describing his goal. “I went to the left and luckily it went in.
“I’m very happy and thankful to God for the opportunity.”
For the San Antonio Scorpions midfielder, scoring in front of so many Salvadoran supporters at the Cotton Bowl made the moment even more special.
“It was an unreal feeling,” the 23-year-old enthused. “It gives me goose bumps just thinking about it, bringing them (the fans) happiness is incredible.”
After a 2-1 loss to Guatemala in its tournament opener, Menjivar’s morale-boosting goal has given El Salvador belief heading into the last Group A encounter against winless, but dangerous, Belize.
“We know that we still have one game left and that they are a very good team,” he concluded. “We have to focus and concentrate to get the result against them as well.”