Visitors Heavily Favored
After two games in the 2022-23 CONCACAF Nations League, only Panama has scored more goals than El Salvador. Plus, Los Cuscatlecos are one of five teams in League A that haven’t lost.
Even so, USA (-265) comes in as the huge betting online favorite. Gregg Berhalter’s team is the better team, no doubt about it. However, they haven’t won a road game since September. In other words: tempting underdog alert!
El Salvador Led by Nelson Bonilla
El Salvador failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. Los Cuscatlecos finished seventh in the final round of the CONCACAF qualifiers, 15 points behind Costa Rica, the team that finished fourth and got a ticket for the intercontinental play-off.
Even so, head coach Hugo Perez got to keep his job. Perez played for the U.S. National Team between 1984 and 1994, so he must know a thing or two about how they do things.
Regarding the CNL, El Salvador started on the right foot by defeating Grenada 3-1 at home. Nelson Bonilla scored the first two goals during the first half, while AJ Paterson’s own goal helped Los Cuscatlecos to seal the deal.
Three days later, they visited Grenada and suffered more than expected. In fact, they managed to win a point thanks to Cristian Hurtado, who scored with only two minutes left in the game. Los Cuscatlecos showed a lot of character by coming from behind twice. Bonilla didn’t score, but thanks to him, Alexander Larin was able to score from the penalty spot.
The price Los Cuscatlecos are offering in the sportsbook also makes them a tempting option. It’s +800, which means you could get back $900 in total by investing $100. Hey, Honduras defeated Canada on Monday despite being the underdog at +525.
USA: No Mercy
Yes, the CNL is a friendly tournament, but the USA is bound to win all competitions. That’s why Berhalter called all the heavyweights, including Christian Pulisic, Tim Weah, Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Yunus Musah.
The Stars and Stripes crushed Grenada in their first game, but the total went under 5½ goals as we predicted. Jesus Ferreira activated the Terminator Mode and scored four goals. Paul Arriola also scored. The defensive unit didn’t allow the Spice Boys to even take a shot on target.
The crazy part is that Christian Pulisic, Tim Weah, Tyler Adams, and Yunus Musah didn’t play, allowing them to regain strength. That’s not good news for El Salvador because you know that they say, fresher legs can make a huge difference. Especially when those legs include a lot of talent.
Nevertheless, as mentioned before, winning on the road has become a problem for Berhalter’s team. The Stars and Stripes are 0-2-3 in their last five games away from home. During that span, they allowed six goals and only scored one. They’re better than that, and this is a great opportunity to prove it.
If you include USA in your soccer picks, you’ll need to invest $265 in order to win $100.
El Salvador vs USA Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 26
- El Salvador Victories: 1 (15 goals)
- USA Victories: 19 (61 goals)
- Draws: 6
These two met twice on the road to Qatar 2022. The first leg, at Estadio Cuscatlan, finished with a goalless draw. The home side won possession with 51%, but the USA ended up with more shots (13/7). The second leg, at Lower.com Field, finished with a 1-0 victory for the Stars and Stripes. Antonee Robinson was the scorer.
Los Cuscatlecos lone victory over USA was in 1992 in a friendly match.
El Salvador vs USA Game Information
- Date: Tuesday, June 14
- Time: 10 p.m. ET
- Location: Estadio Cuscatlan, San Salvador
- El Salvador vs USA Live Stream: fuboTV
El Salvador vs USA Betting Lines
|El Salvador||+1 -110||+650||2½Evo||½-120o / ½-110u|
|USA||-1 -120||-200||2½-130u||1½-140o / 1½+110u|
El Salvador vs USA Prediction
The USA is the better team, but there’s a huge factor that greatly benefits El Salvador: the field. There’s something about Estadio Cuscatlan that makes USA players uneasy. The Stars and Stripes only won one of their last six visits to San Salvador. Therefore, our soccer betting prediction is a draw, but no worries, this time it will include goals.