Head coach Albert Roca and El Salvador have a crucial Central American game against Belize on September 10, 2014, in Houston. (Photo: Mexsport)
HOUSTON, Texas -- El Salvador head coach Albert Roca is not expecting an easy time of it when his Cuscatlecos square off against Belize in the final Central American Cup (CCA) Group A game for both on Wednesday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
Just hours away from kick-off, the Spaniard has asked his players to repeat the same type of performance that brought them a 1-0 win over Honduras on Sunday.
"We are very hopeful;” said Roca. “The last game left us feeling good. Hopefully, this next one will confirm us.”
The primary objective for El Salvador is to qualify for next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. A loss to Belize, combined with a Honduran draw or victory over first-place Guatemala later in the evening, could see the Salvadorans eliminated altogether.
"I believe it's our duty to try to qualify and maintain the level we’ve shown,” stressed Roca. “It will not be easy, but we must win, yes or yes", he said. "A few times you win matches when you play bad. I'm very confident and I think the boys are able to play this kind of game against a strong team.”
Belize lost its opening two matches (2-0 v Honduras, 2-1 v Guatemala), but with better fortune the results could have been different. Conceding a pair of own-goals against Honduras was something never seen before in the tournament’s history.
"We will not underestimate Belize at all,” the 51-year-old expressed. “We know our ability to qualify and we have to play with the same tension, the same motivation. I would say even a little more.
"Hopefully, it will be a good display of football and a win. To show good football, I believe is the way to grow.”