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US-El Salvador 1997

Highlights of the US trip to San Salvador during the Hexagonal Qualifying for the 1998 World Cup. This is the most recent time El Salvador advanced to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying prior to this year.

After game highlights which include a Roy Lassiter goal for the US in the 1-1 draw, a nice treat. John Harkes in studio with Dave Johnson talking about his contributions. By the way both goal scorers in the match played in MLS at the time, Roy Lassiter for Tampa Bay and Raul Diaz Arce for DC United. At the time four El Salavador internationals played in MLS: Diaz Arce, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Ronald Cerritos and Jorge Rodriguez.  The US squad for that match featured eight MLS starters and six MLS reserves. A total 17 MLS players were dressed for the match on either side.

Tomorrow’s match will feature on five MLS players total on both squads. The simple assumption that MLS’ play has consistently improved through time is highly debatable in my mind.


About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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