SAN DIEGO (AP) — Elias Hernandez had a goal and two assists to help Mexico beat El Salvador 3-1 Sunday night in a CONCACAF Gold Cup opener.
Hedgardo Marin scored his first goal for the Mexico national team, Orbelin Pineda also scored and Jesus Gallardo also had two assists.
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio, serving the first game of a six-game suspension for berating an official, watched from a stadium suite.
Nelson Bonilla scored for El Salvador.
Mexico will face Jamaica, a 2-0 winner over Curacao, in a Group C match Thursday in Denver.
All three of Mexico’s goal came off lengthy right-to-left passes.
Mexico claimed a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the game on defender Marin’s header off Hernandez’s pinpointed free kick. Gallardo, playing right wing, created the chance that the leaping, 6-foot Marin put away into the upper-left corner.
El Salvador countered two minutes minute…