july 23, 2012 • 06:30 PM

Castillo coaches first practice with El Salvador

Mexican Juan De Dios Castillo poses with a Salvadorean national football team jersey during a press conference during which he was presented as their new coach by the Salvadorean Football Federation, in San Salvador, on July 19, 2011.
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According to, Juan de Dios Castillo held his first training session as the El Savlador coach Monday, with his debut coming in a friendly against Roma Friday in New York.

Castillo took charge this past Thursday for Ruben Israel, who resigned two weeks ago after he was fined for calling certain journallists who criticized him "bastards."

Castillo's first training session consisted of 26 players, 18 of which will travel to New York Wednesday to play the Italians in Red Bull Arean in New York.

El Salvador will also play friendlies against Guatemala and Jamaica on the 11th and 15th of August, in Los Angeles and Washington, respectively, as part of their preparation for the next round of World Cup qualifiers.

El Salvador has one point and is third in its group, which Mexico leads with six points. Costa Rica is second with four, and Guayana is last with no points.

Castillo has promised to classify El Salvador in the CONCACAF Hexagonal final, where the three top teams advance, while the fourth-place team plays the fourth-place finisher in the Oceana conference in a playoff.