RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Men's Soccer Team enters the bulk of the Colonial Athletic Association play without one member of the squad, as the student-athlete was give an opportunity too hard to pass up.

Sophomore midfielder Jose Carlos Castillo, a native of Guatemala, was called into the national team's training camp for a pair of matches in the second round of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) qualifying round.

"We are all very proud and excited for Jose as he looks to get his first cap as a part of two World Cup qualifying matches this week," said VCU head coach Dave Giffard.

Guatemala will make the trek Kingstown, St. Vincent, for a match against St. Vincent & The Grenadines, scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Guatemala will then host a match in Guatemala City on Tuesday, against Belize. That match is scheduled for 8 p.m.  

Guatemala already leads Group E, after earning a pair of victories in the first set of matches that took place at the start of September. Group play will conclude with a final pair of matches scheduled early in the month of November. The Group E winner will advance to the third stage of the CONCACAF process, which pits the team in a group with the U.S. and Jamaica.

Castillo will rejoin the Rams following the match next Tuesday in Guatemala.

Castillo played for Guatemala's Under-20 National Team this summer at the Under-20 World Cup in Colombia.

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