El Salvador’s 2021: between hope and doubts

The El Salvador soccer team keeps the dream of attending the Qatar World Cup 2022 alive, but the outlook does not look easy for next year. 2021 was a year full of many contrasts for this Central American team, because even though its passage to the World Cup is compromised, there are some points to highlight under the command of coach Hugo Pérez.

The Mexican coach has had total freedom to work during his process on the bench of La Selecta and his goal will be to have better results in 2022 when playing at home. So far, after eight rounds played in the CONCACAF Octagonal, the Salvadoran team is in seventh place in the standings with a total of six points, the product of a win, three draws and four defeats, as well as four goals in favor. and 10 against.

2021 was also the year in which the Salvadoran fans saw the birth of a new figure, which was received in an unbeatable way. We are talking about Enrico Dueñas, a forward who has forged his entire career in football in the Netherlands and who currently plays for Vitesse in the First Division.

His good performances at the club level led him to be considered by Hugo Pérez for La Selecta and this year he was able to wear the shirt of the aforementioned CONCACAF team for the first time. So far, Enrico Dueñas has played a total of eight games in the World Cup Qualifying and in 517 minutes of play he has scored a goal.

What’s next for El Salvador in 2022?

El Salvador closed 2021 with a defeat by the smallest difference in a friendly match against Chile. Their next commitment (and first in 2022) will be on January 27, when they visit the United States for the World Cup Qualifiers. On January 30, they will also visit Honduras and those two initial matches in the year will be decisive, as they will mark the course of La Selecta and their aspirations to go to Qatar 2022.

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