On Saturday, the club announced that Andrés Flores, Richard Menjivar, and Irvin Herrera were called up by El Salvador for a pair of friendlies in preparation for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The trio were essential in gaining La Selecta a spot in the tournament, with Flores (wearing the captain’s armband) assisting on Herrera’s goal in a 1-0 win over Nicaragua to finish third in the 2017 Copa Centroamericana.
The Cosmos trio will travel with La Selecta to Curaçao, where they will face the island’s national team on Wednesday, March 22nd. El Salvador will then travel to Houston where they will face Honduran club Olimpia on Sunday, March 26th. With the Cosmos season opener taking place March 25th in Puerto Rico, the trio’s status for that game is doubtful to say the least. The call-ups most likely mean that Amauri will lead the line for the Cosmos in Bayamón, while a litany of attackers, including newcomers Kalif Alhassan and Eugene Starikov, look to slot in for Flores.
Andrés Flores, named captain of El Salvador in 2014, has represented his nation 51 times since 2008. Irvin Herrera has played for La Selecta 13 times, netting two goals since his debut in March 2015. Richard Menjivar, who has earned 36 caps and scored once for El Salvador, brings Gold Cup experience to the side, having played in the 2013 and 2015 iterations of the competition.
El Salvador’s Gold Cup group stage matches are currently set to take place on July 9th, 13th, and 16th, putting the trio’s status for the Cosmos final two Spring season matches (July 8th in Indianapolis and July 15th in Edmonton) in question.