LAS VEGAS, Nevada – El Salvador DF Bryan Tamacas has won the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Fighting Spirit Award presented by Modelo for the fighting spirit shown in El Salvador’s quarterfinal match with Qatar.
Down 3-0 in the second half, El Salvador mounted a memorable comeback attempt beginning with a Joaquin Rivas goal in the 63’ to make it 3-1.
That was then followed by a play in the 66’ from Tamacas that brought the fans inside State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona to their feet.
A Qatar defender with the ball looked set to avoid any type of danger from the Salvadoran attack, but Tamacas never gave up on the play and won possession with a perfectly timed tackle, enabling him to feed Rivas for the second El Salvador goal of the night.
While El Salvador’s attempted comeback fell just short in a 3-2 final, the competitive spirit shown by Tamacas will be one of the lasting images of the 2021 Gold Cup.