The Copa Centroamericana featured the Guatemala national team’s best moment in a while, as Los Chapines finished as runners-up for the first time since 2003.
And if some of Guatemala’s professional teams don’t start paying their players, the national team might not see such success for a good bit of time.
According to an MLSSoccer.com report, a team in Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala is overdue on its bills. Coatepeque has not paid its players in three months and it’s an issue that has inspired solidarity amongst players around the country.
So along with LNF powers Municipal and Comunicaciones, Guatemalan star Marco Pappa of the Seattle Sounders is refusing to suit up for the national team until the issue is settled.
Pappa, 26, scored a pair of braces in Copa Centroamericana triumphs over El Salvador and Honduras, and has 10 goals in 37 caps for the team. He, however, will not be part of October’s friendly in Cuba, nor any other friendlies through the end of 2014.
Quiero poner en conocimiento la decisión que he tomado de no participar con la SELECCIÓN NACIONAL DE FUTBOL DE GUATEMALA en las fechas FIFA
— Marco Pappa (@marcopappas16) September 25, 2014