Head Coach: Jose Helmer Silva (Colombia)
Qualification: 2nd place, Central America
Previous Appearances (last app): 15 (2015)
Best Finish: Champion-1 (1964)
Record: 25W-15D-29L (101GF, 97GA)
U-20 World Cup Appearances (last app): 1 (2013)
El Salvador finished second in Central American qualifying to secure its 16th appearance in the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship.
The Cuscatlecos are one of only five teams to lift the trophy, but have not done so since 1964. Four years ago, they qualified to a FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time, edging Cuba in the match for third place, 1-0, on Roberto Gonzalez’s stoppage time goal.
After opening its Central American qualifying with a 2-1 loss to Honduras – which ultimately finished in first place – El Salvador tied Guatemala (2-2), before posting wins over Nicaragua (4-0) and Panama (2-0).
A key player during that run was defender Roberto Dominguez, who scored a goal in each of the wins. The 19-year-old Santa Tecla star is already establishing himself with the senior squad, appearing in four games as El Salvador finished third in last month’s Copa Centroamericana and earned place in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. For his standout performances, Dominguez was named that tournament’s best young player.
Another defender Oscar Menjivar, 19, was also on the Copa roster, but he didn’t see any action.
El Salvador found the back of the net nine times in Central American qualifying, the most of any team. In addition to Dominguez’s two goals, Fernando Castro, Jose Enrique Contreras, Marvin Marquez, Brayan Paz, Kevin Reyes, Marco Rodriguez and Denilson Rosales each struck for one.
Before the 2017 tournament starts, El Salvador is unbeaten in six of its last eight CONCACAF Under-20 Championship games (3W-3D-2L).
El Salvador U20
Central American Qualifying Results
10.07.16 Honduras 2, El Salvador 1
12.07.16 Guatemala 2, El Salvador 2
14.07.16 El Salvador 4, Nicaragua 0
16.07.16 Panama 0, El Salvador 2