Posted on August 15, 2012
WASHINGTON — Striker Carlos Ruiz converted an 84th-minute penalty kick to lift Guatemala to a 3-3 tie with Paraguay in an international friendly at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night.
Ruiz, a former MVP and league-leading scorer when he played with the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer, also drew an earlier penalty kick that Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa scored.
Manuel Leon also scored in Guatemala’s first win in three matches against Paraguay this year.
Hernan Perez, Jonathan Fabbro and Oscar Cardozo tallied for the South Americans, who led twice in the see-saw affair.
The match was a tuneup for World Cup qualifiers for both sides. Guatemala will play Antigua & Barbuda in a vital home-and-home series on Sept. 7 and 11, two CONCACAF semifinal Group A matches it must win to remain in contention to reach next year’s final round.
Photo: Carlos Ruiz’s 84th-minute penalty kick gave Guatemala a 3-3 draw with Paraguay. Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: Central America, Guatemala
Tags: Carlos Ruiz, CONCACAF, Hernan Perez, Jonathan Fabbro, Manuel Leon, Marco Pappa, Oscar Cardozo, RFK Stadium, World Cup qualifying