Guatemala's Hernandez savors Gold Cup experience

Though only 23-years-old, Guatemala international Moises Hernandez (pictured) has already played club football in the USA, Guatemala and Costa Rica. (Photo: Mexpsort)

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Moises Hernandez looked into the stands Sunday night before Guatemala’s Group C scoreless tie against Mexico at University of Phoenix Stadium. The defender was looking for his family at the CONCACAF Gold Cup match.He found his father and brother during the playing of the Guatemalan national anthem.“It was beautiful for me,” Hernandez said. “To see my dad and my brother in the stands singing the national anthem was great for me, very emotional and almost brought tears to my eyes just seeing them.”What his family got to see is Hernandez live one of the brightest moments of his young professional career. He helped his team earn a point against the six-time Gold Cup champion, keeping alive the Chapines’ hopes of advancing to the next round.“This has to be one of the greatest experiences I’ve played in with the national team,” Hernandez emphasized. “Seeing my dad and my brother in the stands, they were just so happy. I wanted to cry. It was a great experience for me.”It also was favorable result for Guatemala, which finished with 10 men following Jose Contreras’ second-half ejection. The Central American runner-up can now advance with a win against Cuba on Wednesday.Hernandez remarked that the team entered the Mexico match focused and determined to get a result, especially after a 3-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago in the opener.“We watched video of that game,” commented the 23-year-old FC Dallas standout. “The coaches did their homework with what we needed to do. [Head coach Ivan Sopegno] just told us to have fun out there and just enjoy the game and the result will come. We didn’t get the win, but we got the point and that helps with our confidence.”Hernandez, who was born in the United States and has played for Guatemalan power Comunicaciones and Costa Rica’s Saprissa, relished playing against Mexico in front of more than 62,000 fans and global television audience.“Ever since I was young I was watching these Gold Cup games, watch Mexico and all the fans,” Hernandez finished. “I would go to Gold Cup games and I would watch Mexico play when they would come to Dallas. To play in one of these games was amazing for me and for all my family.”