Guatemala will face the United States Wednesday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., with a new coach, Benjamin Monterroso
, but without its longtime star, MLS veteran Carlos Ruiz
After Guatemala lost to Cuba, 2-1, in
Havana on Oct. 15, Coach Ramon Maradiaga
was fired and replaced by Monterroso, who previously coached Guatemala and led it to the 2000 Olympic Games.
The loss left Guatemala three points behind Trinidad & Tobago going in Wednesday's final day of group play for Concacaf's semifinal round.
Guatemala will need to beat the United
States and hope T&T loses to Cuba at home to take second place behind the United States and move into next year's Hexagonal.
Monterroso, known as "Mincho," dropped goalie Ricardo Trigueno
and Ruiz, two key players for Maradiaga. GUATEMALA ROSTER: Goalkeepers --
Luis Pedro Molina (Jalapa), Ricardo Jerez (Atletico, Uruguay). Defenders --
Jaime Vides (Municipal), Claudio Albizuris
(Municipal), Cristian Noriega (Municipal), Carlos Castrillo (Comunicaciones), Wilson Lalin (Suchitepequez), Mercedes Vasquez (Mixco), Luis Rodriguez (Xelaju), Yoni Flores (Marquense). Midfielders --
Wilfred Velasquez (Suchitepequez), Carlos Castillo (Suchitepequez), Fredy Thompson (Veracruz, Mexico), Jean Marquez (Comunicaciones), Marco Pappa
(Chicago Fire, USA), Carlos Figueroa (Xelaju), Guillermo Ramirez (Municipal). Forwards --
Mario Acevedo (Municipal), Marvin Avila (Municipal), Mynor
Ignacio Lopez (Xelaju).