Host El Salvador (pictured) poses for a team photo before its CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship game against Jamaica on March 30, 2015, in Costa del Sol. (Photo: Mexsport)
COSTA DEL SOL, El Salvador – El Salvador certainly wasn’t expecting to fall behind 4-0 to Jamaica on Monday in the last Group A game at the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship. Once it did, however, the response was simply magnificent.
The tournament host struck for seven unanswered goals en route to a stunning 7-4 victory.
That type of resiliency pleases head coach Rudis Gallo heading into Thursday’s quarterfinal match-up against the Bahamas.
“I want to congratulate my players because to come back from a 4-0 scoreline is to have faith in each other,” said Gallo. “This team is very united. We know what we want. We know that it will not be easy. In the steps that we are taking we are encountering a lot of difficulty.
“Like I said before, this qualifying competition is very complicated. We know that the opponents are strong and continue advancing in competition. My respect to Jamaica, because they have done an excellent job.”
Though Gallo was pleased with the way in which the Cuscatlecos rallied to win, he was not happy with his team’s performance in the first period.
“We have to go back and look because the first period was not good for us,’ concluded Gallo. “In the second and third, there was better disposition, much order and especially in the finishing. Beach soccer is like that. It has a lot of turns. What’s important is that we never got our heads down.”
El Salvador is targeting its second CONCACAF title and a fifth consecutive appearance in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.