Keys to success: Why did Guatemala qualify for Gold Cup quarterfinals?

Rudy MartinezJuly 5, 2023, 10:33 AM ETReading: 3 min.

Guatemala’s national team beat Guadeloupe 3-2 to face Jamaica next Sunday.

GUATEMALA CITY — After 12 years, The Guatemala National Team A quarter-final will be played Gold Cup. It will do so by virtue of qualifying first in Group D for the 2023 edition.

Baikal defeated by 3-2 Guadeloupe With 7 points from two wins and a draw, a thrilling performance to finish top of the block without defeat. La Bigalar scored four goals and gave up two goals. On the first date, they beat Cuba 1-0 and drew 0-0 with Canada.

It will now be measured Jamaica, Second in Division A, for a ticket to the semi-finals. The match starts next Sunday at 5:00 PM at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

Carlos Mejia’s celebration of the goal that gave Guatemala victory against Guadalupe.(AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

But what did he do? Guatemala National Team Must progress, not just that, but deserves to be in the next round. Here are some key points:

A clear idea

The main qualification goes to the Mexican trainer Luis Fernando Dena. An intern came to work in the country. He started by convincing the national football player, who believed in his talent and encouraged him to grow.

Order, Discipline and Good Sense: Guatemala has shown a clear, sustainable idea that is beginning to bear fruit. Defensive discipline, moments of understanding what to do (when to defend, when to attack) and, despite adversity, the idea remains steadfast. Discipline from the outside must be internalized and believe that the results will follow.

It is better to make the changes answered. They have been starters before Guadalupe Rubio Rubin and Esteban Garcia And they have done well. Carlos Mejia and Pedro Altan stepped in and were vital to the win.

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Defensive commitment

In addition to having eleven types, Tena has maintained a general base and has done so in the defensive zone as well. With Nicolas Hagen in goal, Ricardo Jerez was left on the bench. with Nicholas Samayova At center, Gerardo Cardillo awaits. He has trusted the left wing Jose Orton. Guatemala went into the game goalless. Hagen saved a penalty in the dying minutes.

People not born in Guatemala

Undoubtedly, Rubio Rubin, who decided to play for Guatemala some time ago, deserves a special mention. Aaron Herrera and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing. They decided to say yes to Guatemala, and they were no slouch on the pitch. His dedication and spirit in Bicolor service has been and has served a lot.


The Guatemalan personality has demonstrated the ability to bounce back and rise after falling. On two occasions against Guadalupe he was at a disadvantage and knew how to come back. Other times equipment falls and can no longer get up. Added to this was the ability to take charge, and Guatemala came with a need to win. This has rarely happened.


in Miami, Houston and New Jersey Guatemala is not playing alone. Thousands of Guatemalan fans have supported him. Cuba, Canada and Guadeloupe cited stand support as a factor. As it is, the Guatemalans have promoted and are an important part of the classification.

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