Posted on March 23, 2012
By Michael Lewis
NASHVILLE — El Salvador Under-23 national coach Mauricio Alfaro was kicking himself after his team miskicked so many shots in the scoreless draw with Canada in the opening match of CONCACAF men’s Olympic qualifying on Thursday night.
The Central Americans dominated the encounter at LP Field, particularly in the second half. They had two fabulous scoring opportunities stopped by Canada goalkeeper Michal Misiewicz in the first half and then proceeded to shoot off target in the second half.
El Salvador outshot its foes, 13-6.
“It was a tough match. We should have won,” Alfaro said. “We should have scored more goals with all the opportunities we had.”
That, unfortunately, was nothing new for El Salvador, which has struggled to score goals recently.
“The anxiety of the players has been a big issue,” Alfaro said. “We just have to keep working and working.”
Canada coach Tony Fonseca certainly was impressed with the El Salvadorans.
“Very good team, technically and physically,” he said. “They had a helluva performance. I don’t know how much energy [they used]. . . . They could pay a high price for that.”
The El Salvadorans will meet Cuba in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. It is a must-win situation.
“I’m very concerned of having the same problems of not scoring goals,” Alfaro said. “We’ll work on it at the hotel.”
Categories: Canada, Central America, El Salvador, Olympic Qualifying
Tags: CONCACAF men's Olympic, Mauricio Alfaro, Michal Misiewicz.