Photo courtesy Mark Guthrel / Saint Louis FC
FENTON, Mo. – Standout Saint Louis FC forward Irvin Herrera has been named in El Salvador’s squad for the country’s two upcoming games of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying early in September. Herrera is currently tied for third in the USL with 11 goals this season for STLFC.
El Salvador will host Mexico on Friday, Sept. 2, and then visit Canada on Tuesday, Sept. 6 as it looks to reach the final stage of qualification. El Salvador is currently two points behind both Honduras and Canada for second place in the group, with Mexico already having secured first place.
“We're very excited for this opportunity that Irvin has earned, said STLFC general manager Jeremy Alumbaugh. “When we signed him we told him that playing in the USL would give him every opportunity to continue and represent the El Salvador National Team. It's a testament to the quality of the league and quality of his teammates.
“While we will miss him while he is gone, this is something that happens all over the world when players get called in, and we wish him the best of luck."
Herrera will not be available for selection for Saint Louis FC's USL matches at home to OKC Energy FC on Aug. 31, or away at FC Cincinnati on Sept, 5. The 24-year-old has previously made 10 appearances for his country, and recorded his first international goal against St. Kitts & Nevis on June 11, 2015.
Also named in the El Salvador squad is the San Jose Earthquakes’ Darwin Ceren, who previously played in the USL for Orlando City SC in the 2014 season, where he helped the Lions claim the league’s regular season title.