Guatemala head Ivan Sopegno (pictured) gives instruction to his squad at a recent national team training session.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – Guatemala will test new players, when it hosts Cuba in an international friendly on Saturday at the Estadio Mateo Flores.
After opening his tenure as head coach with a 3-0 win over Nicaragua on August 14, Ivan Franco Sopegno called in 20 players for a training camp that opened Tuesday. The Argentine, though, excluded competitors from Municipal, who have a CONCACAF Champions League game at Honduras’ Real España on Thursday.
Also left out were a majority of the national team members from four-time defending Guatemalan champion Communicaciones, except midfielder Carlos Mejia and defender Ruben Morales.
The selection is highlighted by the inclusion of six players from recently promoted sides Petapa (4) and Guastatoya (2).
The Bicolor is preparing for next month’s Central American Cup, which it will open with an encounter against El Salvador on September 3 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C.
(Training camp & International friendly: August 23, 2014, home v Cuba; Estadio Mateo Flores; Guatemala City, Guatemala)
GOALKEEPERS: Víctor Ayala (Antigua), Luis Pedro Molina (Petapa).
DEFENDERS: Tomás Castillo (Guastatoya), Alex Cifuentes (Xelajú MC), Edwin Fuentes (Marquense), Johny Girón (Xelajú MC), Rubén Morales (Comunicaciones)
MIDFIELDERS: Gerardo Arias (Petapa), Joseu Bol (Carchá), Edgar Chub (Guastatoya), Carlos Mejía (Comunicaciones), Kevin Mérida (Marquense), Alex Pérez (Petapa), Julián Priego (Universidad de San Carlos)
FORWARDS: Jonny Brown (Marquense), Edy Danilo Guerra (Universidad de San Carlos), Wilber Pérez (Petapa), Gregory Ruiz (Coatepeque)