El Salvador calls up Steven Purdy for Gold Cup

El Salvador calls up Steven Purdy for Gold Cup

Published May. 22, 2011 9:58 p.m. ET

El Salvador has called up defender Steven Purdy for the first time in its 23-man squad for the Gold Cup in June.

The 26-year-old Portland Timbers defender was born in California to a Salvadoran mother.

El Salvador coach Ruben Israel left out defender Marcelo Messias despite the naturalized Brazilian having played in the recent 1-0 friendly win in Cuba and 3-2 home defeat to Jamaica.

There is also no place for Christian Castillo, a mainstay of former squads and a key player for national champion Alianza.


El Salvador will play its final warm-up game against Honduras in Houston on Sunday, before facing Mexico, Cuba and Costa Rica in Group A in the June 5-25 tournament in the United States.



Goalkeepers: Miguel Montes (no club), Dagoberto Portillo (Once Municipal), Juan Gomez (Luis Angel Firpo).

Defenders: Steven Purdy (Portland Timbers), Luis Anaya (Universidad), Marvin Gonzalez (Aguila), Deris Umanzor (Aguila), Reynaldo Hernandez (Vista Hermosa), Victor Turcios (Luis Angel Firpo).

Midfielders: Arturo Alvarez (Real Salt Lake), Shawn Martin (Aguila), Ramon Sanchez (Aguila), Osael Romero (Aguila), Gilberto Baires (Atletico Marte), Edwin Sanchez (Universidad), Jaime Alas (Luis Angel Firpo), Xavier Garcia (Luis Angel Firpo), Eliseo Quintanilla (Luis Angel Firpo), Dennis Alas (Luis Angel Firpo).

Forwards: Lester Blanco (Metapan), Andres Flores (Metapan), Rodolfo Zelaya (Alianza), Rudis Corrales (Alianza).