The national soccer teams of Guatemala and El Salvador played to rousing cheers from a Coliseum crowd of 18,791 Friday night in the first game of the Marlboro Soccer Cup, and Guatemala won, 2-1, when forward Carlos Castenada broke a tie 17 minutes into the second half with a header from 10 yards out.
Guatemala, which is headed for the Olympic Games at Seoul next month, will face the Mexican club, Universidad de Guadalajara, at 6 p.m. Sunday in the championship game. Guadalajara defeated Ireland's Olympic team, 3-0, in Friday's second game.
The turnout was considered a success in light of the fact that the tournament's biggest draw, the Mexican national team, pulled out of the competition at the last minute. Mexico didn't play because of the recent turmoil over its suspension from the 1988 Olympics and the 1990 World Cup by FIFA, the world's governing soccer body, for using over-age players at the Youth World Cup.
Clive Toye, chairman of Mundial Sports--the tournament's promoter--and commissioner of the American Soccer League, said he was pleased with the size of the crowd.