RICHMOND, Va. - It was a week of firsts for VCU sophomore men's soccer midfielder Jose Carlos Castillo.
The Guatemala City, Guatemala, native garnered his first ever cap for his home country with the senior national team. Castillo turned in an impressive performance off the bench in the team's 3-0 victory Grenada on Friday night.
Castillo's stalwart performance earned him his first start at the senior level in Tuesday's match, which was also against Grenada. Guatemala won that contest 4-1.
Guatemala posted a perfect 6-0 record in the second round of its CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) group qualifying stage. Guatemala now advances to the third stage of the process, with the ultimate reward being a bid to the 2014 World Cup hosted in Brazil.
The third round of the qualifying round is scheduled to begin in June of 2012. Guatemala will be playing in Group A with the United States of America, Jamaica and the countries of Antigua & Barbuda.
It has been a busy year for Castillo, as the sophomore juggled international responsibilities with his collegiate career. Castillo appeared in 14 games for the Rams in 2011 while drawing eight starts; he finished the season with six points on one goal and four assists.