Guatemala under 20 lost the opening match of the CONCACAF Championships 2022 1-5 against El Salvador under 20. Guatemala set up in a 5-3-2 in the first half, but changed to a four at the back in the second half, trying to put more pressure on El Salvador. El Salvador had a possession-based style and dominated Guatemala throughout the entire game, not giving them much time on the ball and often recovering possession high up the pitch. El Salvador created chances very easily in this match and never looked out of control in this match. A great goal by Arquímides Ordóñez brought back some sort of belief for Guatemala at the start of the second half, but thanks to Osorio (an assist and goal) that belief went away pretty quickly.
- A1 – Very good, could play higher
- A2 – Strong potential to play higher
- B1 – Good, strong player at level
- B2 – Potential to be strong player at level
- C – Average for the level, re-watch
- D – Below average in this match
- Nationality: Salvadoran
- Age: 19
- Date of birth: 20/08/2002
- Club: Alianza FC
- Career: Alianza FC
- Position: Central Midfield
- Secondary position: Attacking Midfield & Defensive Midfield
- Preferred foot: Right
Harold Osorio played as one of El Salvador’s central midfielders in the match against Guatemala under 20 and was El Salvador’s captain. He mostly was deployed as an attacking midfielder, but also roamed around the pitch, playing on the left or right. The midfielder had an impressive performance for El Salvador, assisting two goals and scoring one goal. Standing at 1.80-1.85 meters with a normal build, Osorio looked quite tall and dominant on the pitch. The Salvadorian looked pretty quick on the first few meters and was capable of maintaining that speed over longer distances. He looked okay when changing directions but was not super quick. Osorio occasionally did not seem to move that fluidly, which is something that I will keep an eye out for in higher-intensity games where he is forced to make quick decisions and play with more pace.
Despite contributing to three goals, I think he could sometimes make his actions with more pace. Against Guatemala, he had a lot of time to do what he wanted. Osorio is very creative on the ball and has excellent vision. It sometimes seemed like he had eyes on his back, playing a good first-time through pass to a teammate who was making a run on his blindside. The Salvadorian has a very good passing technique and created a lot of chances for El Salvador in this match. He had good receiving skills and close control, but sometimes turned the wrong way with the ball on his feet.
Defensively, Osorio showed good intensity and worked hard to recover possession. His second assist proved that. He recovered possession close to the touchline near the halfway line, carried the ball inside and played a perfect through pass to Mayer Gil. Osorio was very positively aggressive in ground duels and managed to recover possession a few times.
Rating – A2
MLS clubs will undoubtedly look at this performance and write him down as an interesting target for the future. However, it was my first time watching the 18-year-old midfielder and I would love to see him play for Alianza in the Salvadorian league or for El Salvador against high-profile teams like USA, Mexico or even Canada/Panama.
- Nationality: Salvadoran
- Age: 17
- Date of birth: 24/09/2004
- Club: LAFC Academy
- Career: MNUFC Academy, ZBR Academy, LAFC Academy
- Position: Defensive Midfield
- Secondary position: Centre Back, Left-Back
- Preferred foot: Right
Alexander Romero played as a left-back for El Salvador under 20 and impressed going forward, but did not look great defensively. Transfermarkt says that his position is defensive midfield, which could make sense as his especially his defensive positioning was questionable. Romero scored an early goal for El Salvador as he curled the ball towards the far corner from 25 meters far out, showing a great kicking technique and ability to score from long range. He had a good drive going forward and often positioned himself pretty high up the pitch when El Salvador were building it out from the back. Alexander Romero also joined the attack very late sometimes, making late runs and arriving late in the final third, essentially creating space for his teammates in central areas as he always dragged an opponent out wide.
The youth international of El Salvador did well to quickly transition from defending to attacking. He showed good sprinting speed and seemed quite quick on the first meters too. He looked very athletic in attacking 1v1 duels, showing good changes of directions and balance as he did a roulette to get past an opponent without falling down to the ground. Defensively, Romero struggled as mentioned before. Even though he often did well to stay in the defensive line when his opponent dropped deep to support the build-up, he struggled to position himself well when Guatemala were in possession in the final third. He gave his opponent too much space and positioned himself a few meters in front of him, meaning that he could not make up that ground when his direct opponent received possession. Because of this, he also got beat on the outside quite easily. He also sometimes did not time his slide tackle that well, being too late and getting dribbled past.
Rating – B2 (A2?)
I thought that Alexander Romero looked very promising early on in the game, but he seemed to fade away a bit as his defensive weaknesses were spotlighted. However, as he is listed as a defensive midfielder by Transfermarkt, I am quite curious to see him in that position too. His on the ball ability is pretty good and his defensive decision-making looked promising. He just did not look that good at defending on the wings, he potentially is a lot better defending in central areas.