• Wednesday Aug 28, 2013

    Contreras heads Guatemala roster for Japan friendly

    Jose Manuel Contreras (above, right) was named to Guatemala's roster for its September 6, 2013, international friendly at Japan. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)

    GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemala head coach Sergio Pardo announced Wednesday an 18-man roster for his team’s international friendly at Japan in Osaka on September 6.

    The selection is composed entirely of local players, including seven from defending champion Comunicaciones, which is 4-0-0 in the 2013 Apertura.  Cremas midfielder Jose Manuel Contreras, 27, is the squad’s most experienced player with 48 caps.

    Guatemala is looking for its first win of the year after compiling a record of four draws and six losses in 10 games.  In its last two outings, both friendlies, the Chapines have lost to the United States and Argentina by a combined score of 10-0.

    The players are expected to report to camp on September 1 and will travel to Asia two days later.

    In their only previous meeting, Japan defeated Guatemala, 2-1, also in a friendly in Osaka.

    GUATEMALA ROSTER

    (International Friendly – September 6, 2013 away v Japan) 

    GOALKEEPERS: Cristian Alvarez (Coatepeque), Juan José Paredes (Comunicaciones)

    DEFENDERS: Carlos Castrillo (Comunicaciones), Carlos Gallardo (Malacateco), Ruben Morales (Coban Imperial), Elías Enoc Vásquez (Comunicaciones)

    MIDFIELDERS: Kevin Arriola (Xelaju), Jose Manuel Contreras (Comunicaciones), Jean Marquez (Comunicaciones), Bryan Ordóñez (Comunicaciones), Wilber Perez (Suchitepequez), Pedro Samayoa (Mictlan), Billy Torres (Mictlan), Sergio Trujillo (Municipal)

    FORWARDS: Hessler Archila (Municipal), Jonathan López (Municipal), Minor Lopez (Comunicaciones), Enrique Miranda (Heredia)

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