Alejandro Galindo (pictured) trains ahead of Guatemala's World Cup qualifier against visiting Antigua & Barbuda. (Photo: Luis Rolando Solares)
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- Alejandro Galindo is hoping for the opportunity to help Guatemala bounce back from Friday’s 1-0 loss at Antigua & Barbuda in the opener of their World Cup Qualifying, third-round series.
The 23-year-old has not appeared in a qualifier since the Chapines fell 2-1 to host Jamaica more than three years ago. With midfielders Jose Contreras and Jean Marquez missing because of injuries, he just might get a chance against the visiting Benna Boys on Tuesday at the Estadio Mateo Flores.
"We’re aware that we’re coming off a loss,” said the four-timed capped Galindo, a standout for Antigua GFC. “We know that’s a result we must overcome here in our house. Everyone must give all of their enthusiasm and sacrifice to move forward.”
In order to advance to the first group phase, the Guatemalans have no choice but to beat the Caribbean side. History, though, suggests that success is possible. In a pair of qualifying meetings between them for Brazil 2014, Guatemala posted two wins: 3-1 home, 1-0 away. Carlos Ruiz totaled three of the goals, netting in both games.
“We have to go out and play them,” finished Galindo, who debuted for Guatemala on April 25, 2012, against Paraguay. “When they keep the ball down, it should cost them. There, we were unlucky not to score. Now we are going to go out from the first minute looking to score.
“It is a result that can be reversed.”