Maria Monterroso (white jersey) is expected to be a key figure for Guatemala during its 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship campaign. (Photo: Mexpsort)
KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Maria Monterroso believes Guatemala is poised to make a deep run in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship (CWC).
The 20-year-old is confident that the Chapinas are united in their goal of reaching next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“The team has grown a lot,” Monterroso told CONCACAF.com. “We have had results that have helped us grow as a team. We all want the same thing. We are together, we are united and I think we can go far and achieve our goal.”
Guatemala is coming off a 12-day training camp in southern Florida, where the players had a chance to prepare for the upcoming tournament. Monterroso said it was time well spent.
“We were all united,” she said. “More than anything working on tactics, which is the most important thing and I think it went well for us in the camp that we had. We know that if we commit an error, we know how to correct it. It served us to learn how to play among ourselves and how to improve tactically.”
Monterroso, the daughter of head coach Benjamin Monterroso, offered a glimpse of how Guatemala shined in their four pre-tournament friendlies, winning all four by a combined score of 32-1.
“We played against several high school teams and academies to prepare,” noted the forward, who has six goals in 10 games for the USA’s Grand Canyon University this season. “We had good results, it went well for us. We won all of the matches with only one goal against, so that is a great step. We keep on improving in the things that the coach asks of us.”
On Wednesday, Guatemala opens the tournament against Haiti at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The Haitians came out on top in their last CWC meeting, 1-0, on November 1, 2010, in Cancun, Mexico.
“We don’t underestimate any opponent,” concluded Monterroso. “We play the same way in every match. We are not afraid and we are going to fight for everything.”