The Armenian National side are looking to rebound from a disappointing 2016 qualifying cycle, looking towards the 2018 World Cup cycle, which will be held in Russia. A change in the managerial role, from Bernard Challandes to Varuzhan Sukiasyan has fans hoping results will also change, for the better.
Sukiasyan's career began with a scoreless draw in Yerevan against the 61st ranked Belarusian side. A match that was the farewell to Roman Berezovsky, Armenia's longtime legendary keeper, and one that wasn't full of any excitement.
Well, besides a protesting streaker that invaded the pitch with a gesture that wasn't full of love towards Ruben Hayrapetyan, head of the Football Federation of Armenia. Hayrapetyan accused players of throwing the match against Albania, a 3-0 defeat in Yerevan, leading to the retirement from international play of Robert Arzumanian, a key component on the defensive line. Yura Movsisyan, who brought life to the side when he decided to represent Armenia during the 2012 European cycle, has also seemingly been blacklisted from international duty.
Looking forward without two mainstays, the side will be heading to the United States, for the second time, for friendlies. A 1-nil defeat against the United States back in May of 1994 was the last trip.
This time around, Armenia will also play in Southern California, but they will have a May 28th date against Guatemala and a June 1st meeting with El Salvador. Two matches that should be full of excitement.
My early prediction for the Guatemala match is a high scoring 3-3 draw, while I have the Armenians defeating El Salvador handily, 3-1.