Hugo Perez will try to boost his team into the 2021 Olympics.
Former U.S. international standout Hugo Perez will become a foe of the U.S. Soccer in March.
On Monday, Perez announced that he has become head coach of El Salvador’s Under-23 team that will compete in the Concacaf Olympic qualifiers for the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
“I am excited about the opportunity and to give back to my country,” he said on Twitter.
I would like to officially announce that I have agreed to take El Salvador’s U23 team through the CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers for Tokyo 2021. The tournament will be in March. I am excited about the opportunity and to give back to my country. #concacaf #Tokyo2020
— Hugo Perez (@hugoperez_07) January 11, 2021
The 57-year-old Perez was a key offensive performer for the U.S. men’s national team during his playing days. He made 73 appearances for the squad, scoring 13 goals. He tallied a vital goal against his country of birth in a 1-0 result during the 1990 World Cup qualifiers in a match that needed to be moved to Honduras because of problems in El Salvador.
Born in El Salvador, Perez emigrated to the USA with his family when he was 11. He became a naturalized citizen in the mid-1980’s.
Perez played for the Los Angeles Aztecs, Tampa Bay Rowdies and San Diego Sockers in the old North American Soccer League.