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Guatemala beats Guyana 3-0

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?

Guatemala vs Guyana

Wednesday, November 17th @ 7:30 PM Guatemala will play Guyana in what will be the first men’s full international match played at KSU Soccer Stadium.  Radio station 105.3 fm El Patron is the title sponsor in what is to be the first of many matchups in the El Patron Internation Soccer Series.  NAPA Auto Parts is also on board as a presenting sponsor of the event.

“This is the coming together of two Latin American countries: one representing South America and the other representing Central America,” said Austin Thompson, Jr., Vice President of the Guyana Association of Georgia.

Guatemala is rated No. 122 in the current FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings and Guyana just ahead at No. 98.   These countries also rank among the top 20 in Continental rankings with Guyana at No. 8 and Guatemala at No. 14.  The FIFA/Coca-Cola rankings are often doubted and I think it should be interesting to see if Guatemala and Guyana are in the same class.

Do you think this will be the first sellout of KSU Soccer stadium or do you think the mid-week date will make it difficult to fill the seats?