Guatemala v. Belize - Belize was the shock team in the 2013 edition of this tournament, qualifying for the Gold Cup for the first time in its history. A tough draw and a 2-0 loss to Honduras in its tournament opener makes that difficult for the nation. “I think it would be a huge blow if we don’t make it to the Gold Cup again. All the work we have put in through the years trying to get football to another level in Belize, it wasn’t easy,” Belize forward Deon McCaulay told Goal USA. “I think that if we don’t make it, it’s going to be something huge. We’d have to start all over again.”
To get through a win Sunday against Guatemala is a must, and it will require the team to generate more in attack than it did against los Catrachos.
“I’ve evaluated the last game that I played, and I think that I need to come down more for the ball and try to take on players one-on-one and try to find open spaces and help the other players moving forward with me move into space so I can create more,” McCaulay said. “I just plan to be explosive tomorrow and try to bring the best game I can bring.”
Of course, it will also have to keep Guatemala from scoring, something easier said than done with Marco Pappa in excellent form. The Seattle Sounders midfielder scored both goals in the team’s 2-1 triumph against El Salvador in Washington D.C.
“He had a great match out, he scored both goals as you know, he really delivered, but I’m very happy with the whole team,” Guatemala manager Ivan Franco Sopegno told Goal USA.
Belize has never beaten Guatemala, and it would be stunning to see them reverse that trend Sunday. Source Upcoming Matches (Bze Time):
Sunday, September 7, 2014 – Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX
3:00pm Costa Rica vs. Panama
5:00pm Guatemala vs. Belize
7:00pm Honduras vs. El Salvador
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
4:00pm Panama vs. Nicaragua
6:00pm El Salvador vs. Belize
8:00pm Honduras vs. Guatemala
Saturday, September 13, 2014 – Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
2:00pm Third Place Group A vs. Third Place Group B
5:00pm Second Place Group A vs. Second Place Group B
8:00pm First Place Group A vs. First Place Group B