Guatemala’s Papa looks forward to Central American Cup

Marco Pappa (pictured) was named to Guatemala's roster for the 2014 Central American Cup. (Photo: Mexsport)

SEATTLE, Washington – With the start of the Central American Cup only days away, Guatemala’s Marco Pappa is excited by the fact that it will be played in the United States for the first in 13 editions. 

“It is a very important tournament where the national teams qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup and now it is going to be important also because it is going to be in the United States, which I think is something very good and very positive,” said Pappa, who plays his club football in the U.S. with the Seattle Sounders.  “There are a lot of Central American people around the United States that are going to support their national team.” 

The 26-year-old midfielder says that he is delighted to represent Guatemala, which is targeting its first tournament title since 2001. 

“It is always important to be with the national team, I have always said it,” concluded Pappa.  “I have always been open to the national team, whether in good or bad moments.  Today is another opportunity to represent the national team.” 

Guatemala opens its Central American Cup campaign against El Salvador on September 3 in Washington, D.C., at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.