Miami FC Midfielder Tomás Granitto Called up to El Salvador National Team

Mar 4, 2019

MIAMI (March 4, 2019) - The Miami FC midfielder Tomás Granitto has been called up to play for the El Salvador national team this week. El Salvador will be playing against Guatemala this Wednesday, March 6 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. The match will be televised nationally on ESPN Deportes at 10:30 P.M. Eastern.

"It truly is a tremendous honor to be able to represent my country," said Granitto. "I've been working very hard over the past few years in order to draw attention, to get another opportunity. I'm grateful to the coaching staff and I hope to make a great debut."

Granitto represented El Salvador previously at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. He participated in all three matches and started in El Salvador's 2-1 win over Australia in the group stage.

"That experience was unforgettable," added Granitto. Being there at the World Cup helped me a lot to understand the football [of El Salvador]. After going, I had the opportunity to play at Firpo (in El Salvador). It helped me a ton and I also have teammates from there that I will see now with the national team, so it will be a great reunion."

Despite the appearances at a young age, this will be the first time Granitto has been called up to the senior side. He is hoping this will be the beginning of consistent call-ups. 

"Right now, I'm only focused on this one match and getting to know the coaching staff and teammates. I'm focused on the match against Guatemala, trying to do my best and give a good example to show that I belong there, so that in the future I will be considered for call-ups."

Granitto is one of only four players on El Salvador's call-up list of 20 players that plays in a foreign country. The rest of the roster play for teams in El Salvador's Primera División. 

"I believe it's important for the players who play outside of the country to get an opportunity, so that (the coaching staff) can see them in person for a few days training for the friendlies. And that also gives another perspective for the coaching staff of different types of players. There is a lot of talent outside (of El Salvador), so it's important for the coaches to see us and consider us for call-ups."