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Saturday, March 23, 2019

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Carlos Rivera, goalkeeper coach of El Salvador, disclosed that his team has a clear plan they hope to execute when they face Jamaica in today's crucial game at Estadio Cuscatlan.

Rivera, in a feisty exchange with the local media, confirmed that Henry Hernandez will be the man between the sticks as his team searches for a possible victory which could still earn them a ticket to the Gold Cup.

“Who would you recommend to take care of the goal in the duel against Jamaica?” he asked the media.

“That's very clear, it's Henry.He's the captain, he's the one with the most experience, and he's the one that has given him the confidence Professor (Carlos de los Cobos, head coach) and all the technical staff. We hope that Henry continues to give us those good evenings and good nights he has had with the team in all the friendlies we have had and in official competition,” Rivera said.

The goalkeeper coach noted that their plan is to take care of the centre of the field, especially with the aerial threats posed by the Jamaicans, who are also faster and stronger.

“We have it very clear; we have done a job so that they cannot take out the centre players, because the less they do crosses the less damage they will have to us, and from there when we have the ball we know in which aspects we are going to take the initiative and also take advantage of the deficiencies or the errors that they show us.”

He also noted that the psychological aspect was also a major part of the team's preparations.

“We have worked a lot also in the psychological; we often had talks between the three — the goalkeepers and me — we talk about the commitment, the opportunity that we can present winning the game and waiting for results.

“If the win can be given, then welcome be, but our commitment is to win whether we reach the Gold Cup or not.”

— Ian Burnett

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