'We have to win,' declares Granitto

Saturday, March 23, 2019

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Miami FC's El Salvador midfielder Tomas Granitto has made it clear that their only focus on today's game is to win.

“Have to win,” was the mentality the USL Second Division team member said his teammates would be taking to the game, as he told El Mundo newspaper here on Thursday after the team workout at El Salvador Football Federation home ground.

The Argentine-born midfielder added that Jamaica have good players in their squad, such as Darren Mattocks and Alvas Powell of FC Cincinnati of Major League Soccer, but that his team had good “ball handlers to counteract the strengths of the Reggae Boyz”.

He said that due to the superior goal difference obtained by Curacao, Haiti, Cuba and Jamaica, victory is the only result that could give him a foot in the next Gold Cup.

Meanwhile, the said EL Mundo newspaper consulted the panelists of ESPN's Fuera de Juego sports programme about the forecast for the match.

Salvadoran Fernando Palomo said that his “desire” is a victory over Jamaica, without leaving a specific forecast.

On the other hand, Alexis Martin Tamayo, worldwide known as “Mr Chip”, said that this “will be a difficult is difficult to beat Jamaica, we must be honest. Jamaica is a better team than El Salvador right now, but the advantage that El Salvador has is that the complicated match will be played at home; it has to take advantage of this factor.”

And Venezuelan Carolina Guillen showed a positive result for the home side: “One to zero, it is a very optimistic forecast for El Salvador, because Jamaica, in hand-to-hand play, has an advantage over El Salvador and because it has not lost no match in the Concacaf Nations League tournament.”

“I do not need 20 minutes to give a prediction. El Salvador will win 1-0, with a header between 85th and 87th minutes,” offered Argentine Ricardo Ortiz.

And finally, Richard Mendez predicted a result of 3-0 in favour of El Salvador, with a hat-trick from Nelson Bonilla.

— Ian Burnett

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