Luis Fernando Tena and Guatemala will have a friendly duel in California before the qualifiers – La Opinión

Luis Fernando Tena and Guatemala will have a friendly duel in California before the qualifiers – La Opinión



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San Jose, California, will host a friendly match of the Guatemala teamdirected by the Mexican coach Luis Fernando Tena.

Next May 26 is the agreed date on which Bicolor will face its counterpart from Nicaragua at Pay Pal Park, as reported by the National Soccer League of Guatemala. It will be a game that will serve as preparation for both teams before the qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.

In recent results, the team led by Tena drew 0-0 with Venezuela and lost 0-2 with Ecuador last March, in both clashes also of a friendly nature with a view to the 2026 World Cup, which will take place in Mexico , United States and Canada.

Guatemala and Nicaragua, in addition to Belize, are the only Central American countries that have never attended a senior World Cup.

Precisely qualifying for the World Cup is the biggest challenge for Tena, who was appointed as Guatemala’s coach in 2021, after the Central American country was left out in the qualifiers for Qatar 2022.

Nicaragua is currently led by former Chilean soccer player Marco Figueroa and a little over a week ago the team under his command fell 0-2 against Peru in a friendly duel.

This match will be added to the one Guatemala had already confirmed on June 14 in Washington against the Argentina of Scaloni and Messi.

The qualifying round of the Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean Football (Concacaf) for the 2026 World Cup will begin shortly after for Guatemala and Nicaragua.

*With information from EFE.

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