Guatemala call on Ruiz, Pappa for Gold Cup roster

The Guatemalan national team will have an MLS presence when experienced Philadelphia Union striker Carlos “El Pescadito” Ruiz and Chicago Fire attacking midfielder Marco Pappa don the blue-and-white in this summer’s Gold Cup.

Ruiz and Pappa were two of the three foreign-based players in a list of 23 names revealed by Guatemala manager Ever Hugo Almeida on Saturday.

Other top players on the roster include Honduran-born Oscar Isaula, who won the Golden Boot in the recently concluded Guatemalan league, and veteran midfielder Guillermo Pando Ramirez.

The Gold Cup will run from June 5-25. Los Chapines will share Group B with Honduras, Jamaica and Grenada. Guatemala will open against Honduras on June 7, then will play Jamaica on June 10 and Grenada on June 13.

GUATEMALA ROSTER:

Goalkeepers: Ricardo Jerez (USAC/Guatemala), Juan José Paredes (Comunicaciones/Guatemala) y Paulo César Motta (Mictlán/Guatemala)

Defenders: Edwin González (Mictlán/Guatemala), Henry Medina (Heredia/Guatemala), Carlos Gallardo (USAC/Guatemala), Carlos Castrillo (Comunicaciones/Guatemala), Cristian Noriega (Municipal/Guatemala), Gustavo Cabrera (Municipal/Guatemala)

Midfielders: Manuel León (USAC/Guatemala), Wilfred Velásquez (Suchitepéquez/Guatemala), Elías Enoc Vásquez (Comunicaciones/Guatemala), Jairo Arreola (Comunicaciones/Guatemala), José Manuel Contreras (Comunicaciones/Guatemala), José del Águila (Comunicaciones/Guatemala), Gonzalo Romero (Municipal/Guatemala), Guillermo Ramírez (Motagua/Honduras) y Carlos Figueroa (Xelajú/Guatemala)

Forwards: Jonatan López (Marquense/Guatemala), Marco Pablo Pappa (Chicago Fire), Carlos Ruiz (Philadelphia Union), Dwight Pezzarosi (Comunicaciones/Guatemala) y Oscar Isaula (Malacateco/Guatemala)