Chivas USA have announced that defender Steve Purdy has been called up to El Salvador's national team ahead of a friendly against Venezuela this week. The friendly, to be held in Venezuela on Wednesday, is being touted as a prep match for the upcoming Gold Cup tournament, scheduled to take place in July in the United States.
El Salvador are no longer involved in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying this cycle, as they failed to reach the hexagonal, but with the Gold Cup ahead, they will have meaningful games this summer. Purdy played in the 2011 Gold Cup for la selecta, featuring in the quarterfinal against Panama. He currently sits on 11 caps, and may get more, not only in this friendly but during the tournament.
Purdy started for Chivas last night in their 4-1 loss to Real Salt Lake. He has made three appearances for the Goats so far, all starts, including starting the last two matches. With this friendly, he won't miss extended time for his club, as he is scheduled to be back with Chivas in time for Saturday's game against the Colorado Rapids.
Congrats to Steve on the call-up!
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