Guzman has been waiting for World Cup to return
Carlos Guzman has been counting down to the FIFA World Cup since the last one ended in 2014.
“Anyone that has ever played soccer waits for years just for this event and it’s exciting,” he said. “Once the World Cup is over you start counting for the next one and four years is a long wait, so when it gets here you are ready.”
The 2018 World Cup kicked off in Russia Wednesday morning with the first game between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Russia won 5-0 taking the first win.
Guzman, the assistant coach for the Sullivan High School girls soccer team said during the World Cup he gets together with the head coach so they can watch and pick up tips to help their team.
“I will be helping with the team as long as they let me,” he said. “And I will play soccer as long as I can walk.”
Guzman said although he wants Mexico to win he doesn’t think they will go very far.
“I’m always rooting for Mexico,” he said. “But I think it’s going to be between Germany, Brazil and Argentina in the final.”
Guzman said he is hoping Argentina will win so Lionel Messi will have a chance to win the cup.
“The only thing he has to accomplish is the World Cup,” he said. “People compare him to Diego Maradona who is another great player that won the World Cup but I think Messi is the best player. Since he hasn’t won the World Cup, people don’t give him credit. I want Argentina to win because Messi deserves it.”
Guzman said he was excited to see that Mexico, the United States and Canada will host the World Cup in 2026.
“I’m super pumped. I’ve never been to a live World Cup game so I plan to attend a few when it gets here,” he said. “I woke up this morning and I checked my phone and I saw that and I’m super, super excited.”
Guzman said he has played soccer since he was 5 and it has always been a part of his life.
He said although he doesn’t play on a team still, he still plays today with a group of friends.
“In Mexico, soccer is the number one sport and my mom and dad were both soccer fans,” he said. “Soccer is big in my family and I love being able to play it, it’s the best thing.”
Guzman said he was surprised and disappointed that the United States didn’t make it in.
“I was surprised that the Netherlands didn’t make it either or Chile and Italy,” he said, “It was shocking that there were a lot of teams that were in the World Cup for years and years and for them not to make it was shocking. The U.S. surprised me.”
Chris Garrett, 14, said he thinks Argentina will come up first but Germany will be a strong contender because they have a good team this year.
“Argentina is strong on the offensive field and really good defensively,” he said. “But I don’t know because some of their striking players may not be there.”
Garrett said he was shocked to see that Italy wasn’t in the cup.
“The U.S. didn’t surprise me,” he said. “They suck this year but their women’s team is really strong.”
Garrett said he plans on watching every game he can and will be cheering on Messi to win because he is going to retire.
“You have to be pretty dedicated watching it to win (the bracket),” he said.