El Salvador's Rodolfo Zelaya (bottom) celebrates his second goal against Trinidad and Tobago during their CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer game in Harrison, New Jersey July 8, 2013. (Photo : REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT SOCCER))
Haiti and El Salvador will fight to qualify for the knockout rounds when the two clubs meet Monday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2013.
Haiti currently sits in second place in Group B after pulling off a 2-0 victory against Trinidad and Tobago. The Haitians have been the most consistent and confident squad in the group through two games. Despite losing 2-0 to Honduras in the opener, Haiti was the more dominant club in the match and, with better finishing, could have won the game by three or four goals.
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A win or draw will clinch a knockout round spot for Haiti.
El Salvador needs a more favorable outcome. The team earned a 2-2 draw against Trinidad and Tobago in its opening match, but fell 1-0 in the final seconds of its match against Honduras. With just one point, El Salvador sits in a tie with Trinidad and Tobago for third place. With a win, the team will jump up into second place and lockup second or third place in the group; with four points, the team would at least be among the top two third place sides that qualify for the knockout round.
El Salvador leads the all-time series with 11 wins, four losses, and nine draws. Haiti has only defeated El Salvador once in the last 15 matches dating back to 1980. The lone win came in 2007 in an international friendly. Since then, five matches have passed with three draws and two victories for El Salvador.
Prediction: History favors El Salvador, but Haiti only needs a draw to lockup a knockout round berth. Look for conservative play from the Haitians as they earn a 1-1 draw.
Start Time: Kickoff starts at 7 p.m. EST.
TV: The match will be showcased on Fox Soccer Channel and UniMas.