Guatemala’s Ruiz: "We are not the favorite"

Guatemala's Carlos Ruiz (white jersey) has scored five career Central American Cup goals. (Photo: Mexsport)

DALLAS, Texas – Guatemala legend Carlos Ruiz says that his team should not be considered the favorite, when it meets Belize in a 2014 Central American Cup (CCA) game on Sunday at the Cotton Bowl.

The experience of playing in 107 internationals and being the Chapines’ all-time top scorer with 55 goals, has given the 34-year-old the wisdom to know that the Belizeans pose a definite danger.

To top it all, Ruiz is happy to continue playing football and representing his country.

"It has been a nice career with over a hundred games with the national team and to still be competing,” expressed the Municipal striker.  “It has been a blessing from God to be here standing and playing football.”

After a 2-1 win over El Salvador on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Ruiz says that the Guatemala’s first goal is to qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which it missed last year.

"We have the option of reaching the objective to participate in the Gold Cup,” he said.  “We will try to address this with the utmost seriousness and then focus on other goals.”

The former LA Galaxy standout held firm on his belief that Belize will prove to be a difficult test.

"It is not really true that you can call the Belize national team a manageable opponent,” Ruiz declared, adding, “because we have not had a record of always participating in the Gold Cup, we are not favorites on paper.

"We have to demonstrate that this group of players is superior to Belize on the football field, always respecting the opponent.”

In their last CCA meeting on January 20, 2013, Guatemala and Belize played to a scoreless draw.