The defending champions claimed their seventh Gold Cup crown in 2015 and they took a step towards another trophy thanks to first global goals from Hedgardo Marin and Orbelin Pineda, and Elias Hernandez's effort, in San Diego on Sunday.
Federation Internationale de Football Association said on Friday it was suspending Mexico's soccer coach Juan Carlos Osorio for six games, saying he directed insulting words at match officials during a game against Portugal. Mexico finished with 66 percent possession and 16 shots (seven on goal) to El Salvador's 12 (four on goal), per ESPNFC.us. Jesus Gallardo whipped in a floating cross and Elias Hernandez - unmarked at the back post - volleyed the ball into the net. Prior to the match, the entire squad was only responsible for eight worldwide goals, and with the added setback of the injury to Chivas striker Alan Pulido during El Tri's friendly with Paraguay, many wondered where the offensive threat would come from.
ESPN Stats & Info noted it was the third straight game in which Hernandez notched a goal for Mexico.More news: Wanda selling theme parks and hotels in $9.3B deal
El Salvador should have made it 2-1 in the 27th minute.
The Colombian skipper is not said to be in the hot seat but a poor performance in this competition could easily change that, coming up against inferior sides like El Salvador, Jamaica and Curacao in the group stage.
Mexico can't afford to be so sloppy in possession, especially in its own half.More news: Two civilians killed in Pakistani firing
Did it work? Mexico got the result in a pressure game but perhaps the fact assistant Pompilio Paez brought on Jesus Molina and Orbelin Pineda off the bench at halftime told the story of Mexico's midfield not being as solid as it should have been in the first 45.
Osorio may have been serving out the first game in his six-match suspension, but his trademark nuances in the team selection were very much on the team sheet. Osorio was ejected, and Federation Internationale de Football Association, in a twist of irony, used video replay to sanction him now.
El Salvador will play Curaçao, which was beaten by Jamaica 2-0 on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium.More news: Novae Group Plc (LON:NVA) Given "Buy" Rating at Shore Capital