HOUSTON, Texas - The start of 2019/10 CONCACAF Nations League qualifying might be five months away, but that doesn't mean El Salvador MF Darwin Ceren isn't already motivated to play.
Recently the Houston Dynamo man spoke exclusively with CONCACAF.com and expressed his eagerness to return to La Selecta.
"For me and my teammates, it is a motivation that we have," said Ceren to CONCACAF. "It is a beautiful responsibility to be in the national team, to play matches for our country and I think all of the players are available to work," added Ceren.
With 46 senior team caps to his name, Ceren is no stranger to CONCACAF competition.
The 28-year-old expects four very difficult matches against opponents Montserrat, Barbados, Bermuda and 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup finalists Jamaica.
"We almost always end up playing against national team from the Caribbean," chuckled Ceren. "Jamaica is a strong team and equally we have played good matches against them. The most important thing is that we are a competitive team. We can play against any national team. We have good players to take this forward. It'll be a great tournament," said Ceren.
The former Juventud Independiente, Orlando City and San Jose Earthquake also pointed out that international matches like CNL qualifying can serve as an opportunity for players looking to attract the attention of bigger clubs.
"We as players are aware that it is a good opportunity to do things well, to look for a better opportunity. We know that playing in the national team, there are a lot of people that can be watching the matches and from there can come better options from teams for everyone," concluded Ceren.