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Guatemala U-15 players denied U.S. visas amidst Trump administration's threats toward Central American nation

Rigoberto Gomez has been sent scrambling after half his squad was denied visas to take part in the Concacaf U-15 Championship

Guatemala has vowed to stay in the Concacaf Boys' Under-15 Championship but will have to make alternate plans after nine players were denied a visa to travel to the United States on Friday.

Nine of the players on manager Rigoberto Gomez's 18-player squad already had visas, but the rest were denied Friday at the United States embassy in Guatemala City, according to a statement from Fedefutbol, the Guatemalan governing body.

“As part of the procedure and preparation of our delegation, today nine players went to their previously scheduled appointment with the respective embassy to go through the visa procedure, presenting all the supporting and required documentation for obtaining (the visas).