El Salvador finished their Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament on a high note Tuesday, as they defeated Haiti 2-1 to close Group B play. Josh Perez scored a first-half brace for El Salvador, to cancel out Roberto Louima’s early goal for Haiti, and the Central Americans notched their first win of the tournament.
San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Eric Calvillo saw playing time for El Salvador once again, this time off bench as a late sub for Enrico Dueñas. Calvillo played in each of La Selecta’s group stage games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Unfortunately, because they went 1-1-1 in group play, El Salvador’s dream of reaching the Tokyo Olympics has fallen short, as Honduras and Canada progressed out of the group and into the knockout round ahead of El Salvador.
Calvillo reflected on the experience, which he surely hopes can be just the beginning of his international career, on social media.
It’s been a pleasure to wear this jersey and represent this country! All I can say is this team is special and these players are unique, warriors, and the future! Thank you my family, this isn’t the end of our history. pic.twitter.com/kzUyMo5oUN— Eric Calvillo (@ericcalvillo26) March 26, 2021
Perhaps the experience will help Calvillo raise his game on the club front, too, and look for more playing time in 2021 with the Earthquakes.
Congrats to Eric on his international exploits and looking forward to seeing you back in Quakes gear.
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