FC Tulsa player Joaquin Rivas looks to play in the World Cup

TULSA, Okla. — Joaquín Rivas started playing for FC Tulsa in 2017 as a forward for the soccer club. While you may have seen him on the field in Tulsa, he also represents his home country of El Salvador on the national stage.

Rivas says he had his first call in 2018, when the team was still the Tulsa Roughnecks, to represent his home country. Once again, that call came for him to join the El Salvador Men’s National team for its next three CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers.

“Coach called me up, I thought someone was pranking me at first,” Rivas said.

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In one of the biggest matches of its history, Rivas and El Salvador will match up against the United States in World Cup Qualifying on Thursday, January 27 in Columbus, Ohio, airing nationally on ESPN2.

Rivas says every time he plays one of these games, representing El Salvador, its an honor.

“Small country with big dreams,” he adds.

In between these qualifier matches, Rivas is back in Tulsa sporting that FC Tulsa black and gold.

“Joaquin is coming off a great year for both club and country,” said head coach Michael Nsien. “He has had some special years for our club and I’m sure he looks forward to building upon his legacy in Tulsa. I can’t wait to see what 2022 brings for him and FC Tulsa. I’m sure it will be full of great moments.”

Just this week, Joaquín Rivas has been extended with a new contract by FC Tulsa to bring him back in 2022, pending league and federation approval.

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