SAN DIEGO (AP) — Elias Hernandez has never played in the World Cup since joining Mexico’s national soccer team in 2010. He’s doing everything he can to change that.
Hernandez scored and had two assists to help Mexico beat El Salvador 3-1 on Sunday night in a CONCACAF Gold Cup opener.
“He did great, important things for us,” assistant coach Luis Pompilio Paez said of the 29-year-old forward.
Hedgardo Marin scored his first goal for the Mexican national team, and Orbelin Pineda scored as a second-half substitute. Jesus Gallardo contributed to two goals in front of the pro-Mexico crowd of 53,133.
“There were a lot of positives,” Pompilio Paez said. “This team is going to get better by a lot.”
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio, serving the first game of a six-game sideline suspension for berating an official, watched from a stadium suite. Pompilio Paez directed the…