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.


(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)