El Salvador asks to play US qualifiers amid virus wave

El Salvador football federation chief says he will ask CONCACAF to allow his country to play in their September 2 World Cup qualifier against the USA team in the United States.

“If it can’t be played in our country because of COVID. We could change our games in the United States, ”Hugo Carrillo, head of the country’s soccer federation, told reporters.

The September 2 game would be the first on March 14 for the eight nations trying to secure the three guaranteed places for the World Cup in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. US players are scheduled to assemble in Nashville, Tennessee on August 31 before heading to the game. They will also face Canada on September 5 in Nashville and Honduras on September 8.

Salvadoran authorities reported 2,284 new cases of coronavirus in the first 10 days of July, 35% more than in the same period in June.

El Salvador has so far received enough doses of the coronavirus vaccine to cover about half of the country’s 6.5 million people. The country has recorded 81,644 coronavirus infections and 2,457 deaths from COVID-19.

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