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U.S. strategy: shut down Ruiz and Pappa
by Paul Kennedy, October 16th, 2012 12:48AM

TAGS:  men's national team


[USA-GUATEMALA] Tuesday's game is just as big for Guatemala as it is for the USA. The Chapines have never qualified for the World Cup and only once reached the Hexagonal, but they will advance to the final six with a win or tie (or possibly even a narrow loss). U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann says his players know what to expect from Guatemala and what they must -- avoid dangerous free kicks that have cost them dearly.

“It’s a team that plays very direct with long balls into Carlos Ruiz or into [Minor] Lopez," he said. "They drop the ball off and go for the second ball. They try to draw fouls close to the box and Marco Pappa, as he showed in the first game, is an excellent free kick taker. So, there are a couple of things to avoid. Don’t give them those free kicks, don’t give Pappa that opportunity to shot those ones and keep Ruiz out of the game. It’s a very difficult task, he’s on a roll. We are aware of that. We discussed that. We are well prepared.”

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jaime Carbajal (Universidad de San Carlos), Cristian Alvarez (Municipal), Ricardo Jerez (Marquense)
DEFENDERS (6): Rafael Gonzalez (Malacateco), Ruben Morales (Coban Imperial), Erwin Morales (Comunicaciones), Claudio Albizuris (Municipal), Jonathan Wilson (Marquense), Lalin Lopez (Marquense)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Manuel Leon (Xelaju), Wilfred Velasquez (Comunicaciones), Carlos Figueroa (Comunicaciones), Jose Manuel Contreras (Comunicaciones), Sergio Trujillo (Municipal), Marco Tulio Ciani (Universidad de San Carlos), Gonzalo Romero (Marquense), Marco Pappa (Heerenveen/NED)
FORWARDS (6): Minor Ignacio Lopez (La Serena/CHL), Dwight Pezzarossi (Comunicaciones), Lester Ruiz (Suchitepequez), Mario Rodriguez (Municipal), Henry Lopez (unattached), Carlos Ruiz (unattached).

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