In tomorrow’s final day of the UNCAF U-20 qualifiers, Guatemala is still in contention, along with Costa Rica and Honduras, for a spot in the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Panama and El Salvador are already secure.
Belize is expected to lose tomorrow’s opener against Guatemala, and exit the tournament without a point, but it would be a consolation of sorts if Belize could at least get a goal. For their part, Guatemala will not be giving an inch, as the race for the 4th spot may come down to goal difference between Guatemala and Costa Rica, as Honduras is expected to easily triumph against Nicaragua. (See remaining schedule below.) If Costa Rica gains a victory over El Salvador, who are undefeated so far, they will improve their present goal difference of +6; and Guatemala, with only a +1, would need a big margin against Belize to eclipse Costa Rica, with whom they are presently tied in points. (See latest standings below.)
Tomorrow, Belize, already eliminated, may be trying for a consolation goal, which could be a heartbreak for Guatemala; but such an effort by Belize could also make us vulnerable to a Guatemalan onslaught that would make our nightmare complete.
Who is to blame for this debacle? Coach Edmund Pandy? Who will be the coach to take the blame in September?
Below are the games results so far and standings to date:July 17 – Guatemala 1:0 Costa Rica; Panama 4:3 Honduras; El Salvador 6:0 Belize.
July 19 – Panama 5:0 Nicaragua; Honduras 1:1 Costa Rica; El Salvador 2:2 Guatemala.
July 21 – Nicaragua 4:0 Belize; Panama 3:2 Costa Rica; El Salvador 0:0 Honduras.
July 23 – Panama 2:0 Belize; Costa Rica 2:0 Nicaragua; Honduras 1:0 Guatemala.
July 25 – Honduras 5:0 Belize; Panama 3:0 Guatemala; El Salvador 7:1 Nicaragua.
July 27 – Costa Rica 6:0 Belize; Guatemala 4:0 Nicaragua; El Salvador 2:1 Panama.
Tuesday, July 29, (at San Salvador – Estadio Cuscatlan)
2:00 p.m. – Guatemala vs Belize
4:30 p.m. – Honduras vs Nicaragua
7:00 p.m. – El Salvador vs Costa Rica