Thu, Oct
Match Report
El Salvador Trinidad & Tobago
El Salvador T&T flag
 Cornell Glen (18')
Anthony Wolfe (75')
Cornell Glen (80')

2008-08-14RFK Memorial StadiumWashington, DC, United States24675

T&T spoils El Salvador's 'home' game in D.C

El Salvador's national soccer team flew 1,900 miles to play a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago last night, and when the players arrived at their destination, it was if they had never left home. A crowd of 24,675 provided a euphoric welcome at RFK Stadium, jiggling blue-and-white flags and roaring on every possession. It was a joyous occasion for Washington's Salvadoran community, except for the outcome.

In the final tuneup for both teams before World Cup qualifying resumes next week, the Soca Warriors spoiled the party with two late goals and a 3-1 victory.

Cornell Glen, who played for four MLS teams, scored twice and reserve Anthony Wolfe had the go-ahead goal for Trinidad, which was missing its European-based players. Cristian Castillo scored for El Salvador, which was at nearly full strength but played the final 30 minutes shorthanded after two of its players and one Trinidad player were red-carded.

"We have played in difficult environments before, so we just had to keep our composure," Glen said. "It was nice to see us score some goals."

El Salvador has averaged 28,000 fans in three games at RFK this year. On this night, hundreds of red-clad Trinidad and Tobago fans occupied a corner of the lower bowl and, with many playing instruments, the rapid beat of Caribbean music provided background sound to the roar of the majority Salvadoran delegation.

The Trinidadians had more to celebrate in the early stages as the Soca Warriors threatened several times against a leaky Salvadoran defense. They went ahead in the 18th minute when, after a short corner kick, Glen headed Keon Daniel's cross into the far corner.

El Salvador drew even in the 31st on an accidental goal by Castillo. With a free kick well beyond the right edge of the penalty area, Castillo drove the ball toward teammates storming the six-yard box. Anticipating the ball to be redirected, goalkeeper Marvin Phillip held his ground and was caught flat-footed when Castillo's service slipped past him.

The match turned ugly early in the second half when a hard Trinidad tackle and an ensuing scuffle resulted in red cards to Cyd Gray and El Salvador's Luis Anaya and Alfredo Pacheco. During the eight-minute delay, guards tackled a fan who had run onto the field, triggering a barrage of water bottles and other items to be hurled at security officials and the Trinidad and Tobago bench.

After order was restored, the Soca Warriors exploited their man advantage. In the 75th minute, Wolfe headed Aklie Edwards's cross into the far corner and, in the 80th, Glen poked Clyde Leon's cross past a defender and then beat goalie Juan José Gómez. With time running out, another Salvadoran fan ran onto the field and hugged five players before being escorted away.

"It is natural because [El Salvador's fans] have not had much to celebrate and now there is a buzz about the team," Trinidad Coach Francisco Maturana said. "It has brought out the emotions in the people."

T&T Line-up: - 21-Marvin Phillip, 3-Aklie Edwards, 4-Makan Hislop (16-Radanfah Abu Bakr 90th), 5-Keyeno Thomas, 8-Cyd Gray (capt), 17-Clyde Leon, 6-Khaleem Hyland (15-Gyasi Joyce 90th), 18-Densill Theobald, 19-Keon Daniel, 11-Andre Toussaint (7-Anthony Wolfe 46th), 13-Cornell Glen (10-Kerry Baptiste 86th).

Did not play: - Cleon John, Aurtis Whitley.

El Salvador: - Juan José Gómez, Luis Anaya (Ramón Flores 53rd), Marvin González, Manuel Salazar, Alfredo Pacheco, Shawn Martin, Óscar Jiménez, Osael Romero (Rolando Torres 63rd), Salvador Coreas, Cristian Castillo, Rodolfo Zelaya.

21.Marvin Phillip
3.Aklie Edwards
8.Cyd Gray (capt.)
4.Subbed outMakan Hislop
 Subbed in 90' Radanfah Abu Bakr
5.Keyeno Thomas
19.Keon Daniel
6.Subbed outKhaleem Hyland
 Subbed in 90' Gyasi Joyce
17.Clyde Leon
18.Densill Theobald
13.Subbed outCornell Glen
 Subbed in 86' Kerry Baptiste
11.Subbed outAndre Toussaint
 Subbed in 46' Anthony Wolfe
16.Radanfah Abu Bakr
15.Gyasi Joyce
10.Kerry Baptiste
7.Anthony Wolfe
9.Aurtis Whitley
 Francisco Maturana
46'Subbed outSubbed inAnthony Wolfe for Andre Toussaint
86'Subbed outSubbed inKerry Baptiste for Cornell Glen
90'Subbed outSubbed inGyasi Joyce for Khaleem Hyland
90'Subbed outSubbed inRadanfah Abu Bakr for Makan Hislop
0'Red CardCyd Gray