In the 1972 CONCACAF Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament, El Salvador was so close to getting their second participation at the Olympics. In the first round, the national team got an aggregate score of 2–2 against the and an aggregate score of 7–2 against . The group was tied between El Salvador and the United States, so they had to play in a neutral setting. In regulatory time, the two teams were tied at 0–0. At the end of extra time, the game was tied 1–1 with a goal from Victor Manuel Valencia (112'). The United States advanced after a crucial victory of 6–5 in a penalty shootout. The team was coached by Conrado Miranda.