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Switchbacks’ Henriquez in trio of USL call-ups to El Salvador squad

By Staff, 03/16/23, 10:01AM EDT


Attacking midfielder joined by Oakland’s Tamacas, North Carolina’s Flores Blanco in group set to face United States

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC attacking midfielder Jairo Henriquez has been named in the El Salvador squad that will face the United States in Concacaf Nations League play on Monday, March 27 at Orlando's Exploria Stadium. | Photo courtesy Isaiah J. Dow

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC attacking midfielder Jairo Henriquez was among three players from the USL Championship and USL League One selected on Wednesday in the El Salvador Men’s National Team squad that will square off with the United States Men’s National Team on Monday, March 27 at Exploria Stadium in the final game of Concacaf Nations League group play.

Henriquez is joined in the squad by recent Oakland Roots SC signing Bryan Tamacas and North Carolina FC’s Nelson Flores Blanco, with La Selecta hoping to spring a surprise on the road in their bid to reach the Concacaf Nations League Finals this summer.

A mid-season arrival to the Switchbacks last year, Henriquez got his 2023 campaign off to a stellar start on Wednesday night as he scored the opening goal in Colorado Springs’ 2-1 victory against El Paso Locomotive FC at Southwest University Park. The 29-year-old has made 33 appearances previously for La Selecta, notching three goals and three assists.

Tamacas could make his debut for Oakland this weekend when the side visits Rio Grande Valley FC on Sunday night. The 28-year-old joined Roots SC this offseason having made 72 top-flight appearances in El Salvador as well as competing in the Concacaf Champions League and Concacaf League. Typically a right back, Tamacas has made 61 appearances in his career for La Selecta, recording three assists.

Flores Blanco has made 50 appearances for North Carolina in USL League One so far in his career as the side gets set to kick off the 2023 season on Saturday night against South Georgia Tormenta FC at WakeMed Soccer Park. The 23-year-old left back also had a stint in the USL Championship with Oakland Roots SC, and has made six appearances previously for La Selecta on the international stage.

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