Jean Marquez (pictured) was called up for Guatemala's international friendly at Panama, which will be played on August 10, 2016, in Panama City. (Photo: Alex Meoño)
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – Guatemala will travel with a 20-player roster for an international friendly on August 10 at Central American rival Panama.
Head coach Walter Claveri is using the match as preparation for his team’s last two fourth-round World Cup qualifiers against Group A table-topper Trinidad & Tobago (September 2, away) and out-of-contention St. Vincent & the Grenadines (September 6, home).
The Guatemalans currently sit in third place, one point behind the United States. A win or draw against T&T will keep them in contention. A loss to the Caribbean power, however, combined with a U.S. victory over SVG, will mean elimination.
The squad – that includes seven players from Comunicaciones and five from Municipal – will convene on Monday at the Project Goal facility.
GOALKEEPERS: Paulo Motta (Municipal), Jose Carlos Garcia (Xelaju MC)
DEFENDERS: Eddy Aragon (Marquense), Luis Cardona (Municipal), Wilmer Garcia (Malacateco), Cristian Jimenez (Municipal), Wilson Lalin (Comunicaciones), Hamilton Lopez (Xelaju MC), Rafael Morales (Comunicaciones), Jeffrey Payeras (LA Galaxy II/USA)
MIDFIELDERS: Jorge Aparicio (Comunicaciones), Jose Contreras (Comunicaciones), Jose Carlos Martinez (Municipal), Jean Marquez (Comunicaciones)
FORWARDS: Mario Castellanosn (Coban Imperial), Luis Martinez (Xelaju MC), Víctor Alexis Matta (Municipal), Carlos Mejia (Comunicaciones), Carlos Ruiz (no club), Gerson Tinoco (Comunicaciones)