Elias Vasquez (pictured) was named to Guatemala's roster for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. (Photo: Mexsport)
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – With the start of fourth-round play in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup looming, Guatemala opened a training camp Thursday.
The Guatemalans named a 23-man roster for encounters against visiting Trinidad & Tobago (November 13) and host St. Vincent & the Grenadines (November 17). Of the six foreign-based players selected, only defender Elias Enoc Vasquez reported to the Proyecto Goal facility. The 23-year-old’s club season with the United States side Real Salt Lake ended on October 25, while the others have games this coming weekend.
Veteran Carlos Ruiz, who has netted a remarkable 30 goals in 37 all-time World Cup qualifiers, headlines the squad. The 36-year-old forward has eight goals for Municipal this season in all competitions (7, Guatemalan Apertura; 1 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League).
In addition to Vasquez and Ruiz, 11 other players are on rosters of clubs that participated in the current SCCL’s group stage.
Guatemala is 2W-0D-0L in 2018 World Cup Qualifying, overcoming Antigua & Barbuda (agg: 3-0) in the third round.
(Training camp & World Cup Qualifying: November 13, 2015, home v Trinidad & Tobago; November 17, 2015, away v St. Vincent & the Grenadines)
GOALKEEPERS: Victor Ayala (Antigua GFC), Ricardo Jerez (Alianza Petrolera/Colombia), Paulo Cesar Motta (Municipal)
DEFENDERS: Carlos Gallardo (Comunicaciones), Deniss Lopez (Municipal), Hamilton Lopez (Xelaju MC), Jose Pinto (Antigua GFC), Elias Enoc Vasquez (Real Salt Lake/USA)
MIDFIELDERS: Jorge Aparicio (Comunicaciones), Stefano Cincotta (Chemnitzer/Germany), Jose Manuel Contreras (Comunicaciones), Brandon de Leon (Comunicaciones), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas/USA), Kendel Herrarte (Comunicaciones), Jean Marquez (Comunicaciones), Carlos Mejia (Comunicaciones), Marco Pappa (Seattle Sounders/USA), Aslinn Rodas (Xelaju MC), Fredy Thompson (Antigua GFC)
FORWARDS: Henry Lopez (Municipal), Minor Lopez (Atletico CP/Portugal), Carlos Ruiz (Municipal)