El Salvador name 32-man roster ahead of Road to Brazil clashes with Ivory Coast, Spain
Three US-based players, including one under MLS contract to play for expansion club Orlando City in 2015, have been called in for El Salvador's “Road to Brazil” matches, June 4 against Ivory Coast in Frisco, Texas (9 pm ET, beIN Sports, Univision Deportes) and June 7 against defending World Cup champions Spain at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. (4 pm ET, beIN SPORTS, Univision).
The clash in the eastern suburbs of Washington, D.C., will also serve as Spain’s last match before traveling to Brazil to begin their defense of the FIFA World Cup.
El Salvador’s roster features a mix of veterans and rising talents, including Orlando midfielder Darwin Cerén and goalkeeper Derby Carrillo of the NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks. El Salvador's new head coach, Albert Roca, announced his 32-man camp roster on Wednesday as the Central American nation looks forward to important regional and international competition under new leadership, including this fall's Copa Centroamericana in the US.
Domestic-based players are expected to report to camp in El Salvador between May 22 and May 26, and Roca, himself a native of Spain, will then finalize the final 20-player list that will travel to the United States on June 2, where they will be joined by foreign-based stars Arturo Alvarez (a former FC Dallas standout), Richard Menjívar and Rafael Burgos.
El Salvador roster
Goalkeepers: Derby Carrillo (Atlanta Silverbacks), Henry Hernández (Isidro Metapán), Elmer Iglesias (Santa Tecla)
Defenders: Jonathan Barrios (Isidro Metapán), Ibsen Castro (Marte), Allan Fernández (Atlético Marte), Moisés García (LA Firpo), Miguel Lemus (FAS), Mario Martínez (Atlético Marte), Milton Molina (Isidro Metapán), Santos Ortíz (Dragón), Alexander Mendoza (FAS), Bryan Tamacas (FAS), Marcelo Tejeda (Atlético Marte)
Midfielders: Jaime Alas (Ballenas Galeanas/Mexico), Arturo Álvarez (Videoton FC/Hungary), Darwin Cerén (Orlando City SC/USA), Oscar Cerén (Juventud Independiente), Alexander Larín (FAS), Richard Menjívar (San Antonio Scorpions), Erick Molina (Atlético Marte), Marvin Monterrosa (Isidro Metapán), Juan Carlos Portillo (Juventud Independiente), Raúl Renderos (FAS), Helman Rivas (Alianza), Kevin Santamaría (Suchitepéquez/Guatemala), Herbet Sosa (Alianza FC)
Forwards: Jonathan Águila (FAS), Mark Léster Blanco (LA Firpo), Rafael Burgos (Győr/Hungary), Andrés Flores (Isidro Metapán), Romel Mejía (Dragón)