Atlanta Silverbacks midfielder Richie Menjivar and FC Edmonton defender Carlyle Mitchell were named to the preliminary rosters for El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago, respectively, for 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup to be held across nine cities in the U.S. next month.
The 35-man preliminary rosters for all 12 teams competing were unveiled last week in which will be cut down to 23 for the Gold Cup competition. If Menjivar and Mitchell are selected they have a chance to face each other at the international level as both El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago are in the same group (B) which includes Haiti and Honduras.
Menjivar, who made his debut with the Silverbacks during this NASL Spring Season, has six international caps with El Salvador and helped lead them in his first tournament to a third-place at the Central American Qualifier to the Gold Cup (Copa Centroamericana) this past January in Costa Rica.
“I’ve looked forward to this because we had to qualify in Costa Rica back in March,” said Menjivar. “It’s very exciting for me because it’s one of the biggest international tournaments for me so far, so I think it will be a good stepping-stone for me to continue towards the next level.”
Menjivar has been a instrumental part of the Silverbacks rise to the top of the NASL Standings as he’s played in six games while scoring a goal and dishing out an assist.
Carlyle Mitchell has 18 appearances for Trinidad & Tobago since his debut in 2010 and guided them to second place at the Gold Cup’s Caribbean Qualifier (2012 Caribbean Cup) in Antigua & Barbuda.
Mitchell, who has played for Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Caledonia AIA in his native Trinidad & Tobago, has seen action in the first seven games of this NASL Spring Season with the Eddies but is currently sideline with an ankle injury, however he scheduled to part of the Gold Cup squad when called.
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