A scouting report for a friendly match, really?
Santa Tecla FC (El Salvador), just like FC Dallas, is competing in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League. Santa Tecla FC will face the Seattle Sounders in the first round of the SCCL, and are using this match to prepare for that encounter. All signs indicate, that Santa Tecla FC is taking this friendly far more seriously than FC Dallas. That's not a criticism of FCD, who are still very much in the early stages of talent evaluation, while Santa Tecla FC is five matches into their Clausura season (2nd half of their season).
Santa Tecla is currently 2nd place in their league (3 wins-2 draws-0 losses), and had a domestic league match scheduled for the same day as this friendly. Santa Tecla had their league match postponed, so they could bring their best team to Frisco. So there was no surprise when Santa Tecla announced their travel roster:
This constitutes the top 18 players on the STFC roster. The only player without a single minute of game time this Clausura, is the back-up goalkeeper. 15 players, have started at least one match this Clausura, while one of the three players without starts, has played in every one of the five matches.
Santa Tecla FC is a new powerhouse in El Salvador, having only been in existence since 2007. STFC has won all three of their national titles in the past three years (two tournaments per year), and lost in the most recent Final. Currently the team boasts the top scoring team in their league with 11 goals, and are second defensively, having only allowed two goals. Here’s how they’ll line-up:
Players to watch:
- National Team players - Tamacas (Right Back), Mayen (Central Mid), and Harold Alas (Forward), were all members of the El Salvador Gold Cup team. This is a veteran squad, that also boast 6 other players with National team caps.
- Ricardinho - The Brazilian striker (real name Ricardo Ferreira) currently leads Primera Division in scoring, with four goals. A physical and aggressive player, who makes smart runs inside the box.
- Marlon Cornejo - This Left Midfielder was the team’s second leading scorer last year (15 goals), and was lost to injury in August. Cornejo missed the Apertura (1st tournament/half of the season), and just saw his first minutes of action this past Sunday. Cornejo will be a key player for STFC moving forward, and this friendly offers a great chance to get him a lot of minutes.
What do you think? Does this match make you nervous? Are you looking forward to this match?