On a chilly November night the the mostly Guatemalan crowd was treated to a great performance from their national team. The crowd was noticeably louder for this game then any previously game I’ve been to at KSU Soccer Stadium. The vuvuzelas were out in full force and unlike the normal Beat crowd the fans were on their feet for the whole game. This was a great environment and exactly what was envisioned when this stadium was created.
After going back and forth in the first few minutes a defensive lap by the Guyanese goalkeeper left a gift at Montepeque’s feet who shot from the corner of the 18 yard box and found the back of the net. About 9 minutes later on a breakaway play Ramirez took on two defenders in an incredible piece of individual skill in which he charged toward the goal and would not be denied making the score 2 – 0 Guatemala. That score would hold up for the half. During the second half Ramirez scored his second on the night leading Guatemala to the 3 – 0 win. His efforts were applauded by the crowd when he was substituted off in the 74th minute.
Guyana had a few opportunities but Guatemala was clearly the better team on the night. I hope we can see more matches and crowds like this in the future at KSU Soccer Stadium. Did you get a chance to make it to the game? Are you planning on watching any of the upcoming U-20 games at KSU Soccer Stadium?