LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
Oct. 16, 2012
WIN OR DRAW PUTS U.S. THROUGH TO THE HEXAGONAL: The U.S. Men’s National Team, coming off a 2-1 victory against Antigua & Barbuda on Friday, looks to advance to the Final Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying when it hosts Guatemala at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at sold-out LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Coverage of the USA’s final Group A match on ESPN2 begins at 5:30 p.m., and the match will also be shown live on WatchESPN and TeleFutura. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.
QUALIFYING IN KANSAS CITY
- Tuesday’s match will mark the USA’s third World Cup qualifier in Kansas City.
- On Nov. 2, 1968, Peter Millar scored three goals to lead the USA to a 6-2 victory against Bermuda in a World Cup qualifier at Municipal Stadium. Gerry Baker added two tallies and Willy Roy also chipped in with a goal.
- On April 25, 2001, the U.S. defeated Costa Rica 1-0 on April 25, 2001, at Arrowhead Stadium, with Josh Wolff scoring the game’s lone goal.
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 20-Geoff Cameron, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 2-Michael Parkhurst; 19-Graham Zusi, 14-Danny Williams, 4-Michael Bradley, 18-Eddie Johnson; 8-Clint Dempsey, 9-Herculez Gomez
Subs not used: 5-Kyle Beckerman, 7-Maurice Edu, 11-Joe Corona, 12-Brad Guzan, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 17-Alan Gordon, 21-Clarence Goodson, 22-Nick Rimando
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
GUA: 1-Ricardo Jerez; 2-Ruben Morales, 3-Elias Vasquez, 4-Erwin Morales, 6-Wilfred Velasquez; 10-Mario Rodriguez, 11-Jose Contreras, 15-Manuel Leon, 18-Carlos Figueroa; 20-Carlos Ruiz, 23-Jonathan Lopez
Subs not used: 12-Cristian Alvarez, 21-Jaime Carbajal 5-Wilson Lalin, 13-Claudio Albizuris, 7-Marco Tulio Ciani, 8-Gonzalo Romero, 14-Sergio Trujillo, 16-Marco Pappa, 9-Henry Lopez, 17-Dwight Pezzarossi, 19-Lester Ruiz, 22-Minor Lopez
Head coach: Ever Hugo Almeida
The anthems are finished and the teams are taking their places on the field. Almost time now ...
1: And we're off! USA needs a win or a draw to advance. ... The U.S. earns an early corner kick as Zusi sets up to take it.
2: Free kick for the U.S. about 40 yards out ... played down the side and Gomez gets a head on the cross, but no direction and Guatemala clears.
3: Looked like a clear handball on Guatemala at the edge of the box, but no call.
5: Carlos Ruiz gets in behind the defense, Tim Howard stays on his line and gets punished. GOAL! 1-0 Guatemala
9: Corner kick for Guatemala ...
10: USA with a corner now ...
11: GOAL! USA! Bocanegra taps in a flick from Dempsey! 1-1!
13: Offsides called on Guatemala ... good reply for the U.S. after going down a goal.
14: Eddie Johnson takes a shot, but it's right at the keeper.
16: Dempsey rips one from long distance, but it gets blocked and Guatemala recovers.
17: Guatemala draws a corner kick and then they get called for a foul in the box ...
18: GOAL USA! Dempsey finishes a cross from Eddie Johnson! 2-1 USA!
21: Contreras sends a shot on goal from a tight angle and Howard has to palm it away for a corner kick ... On the corner kick, Guatemala is called for a foul.
24: Cherundolo sees a ball fall to him and his drive is blocked.
26: Bit of a back-and-forth match right now in the midfield ...
27: Corner kick for the USA now ...
28: The ball bounces dangerously in the box, but Jerez scoops it up for Guatemala
29: Gomez nearly latches onto a ball in the box, but it's just behind him
31: Gomez crosses into the box for Dempsey, but the ball gets caught underneath him and a defender and Guatemala recovers ... then Dempsey is called for a handball in the next attack ...
32: Carlos Ruiz called for offsides, then trades words with Carlos Bocanegra
35: Graham Zusi takes a crack at goal and it's saved ... then the U.S. draws a corner kick.
36: GOAL! USA! Clint Dempsey taps in a beautiful chipped pass from Michael Bradley!
39: A great response from the U.S. after allowing the opening goal ... They have all the momentum right now.
42: Guatemala gets a look from the top of the box, but can't get anything through and Howard collects.
44: Corner kick for the U.S.
45: Waiting on how much stoppage time we'll have here.
45: One minute of stoppage time ... U.S. controlling the pace now.
HALFTIME: There's the whistle and it's 3-1 to the U.S. after the first 45 minutes.
SECOND HALF: GAME ON!
HALFTIME GUA SUB: Minor Lopez replaces Mario Rodriguez
HALFTIME GUA SUB: Marco Pappa replaces Carlos Figueroa
50: Minor Lopez takes a hard shot from the top of the box and Howard saves!
51: Danny Williams is down on the field for the U.S., looks to be in a bit of pain. Apparently caught cleats going for a 50-50 ball.
53: Dempsey whistled for a foul. The pace has slowed here.
54: Eddie Johnson whiffs on a cross from Gomez. Should've done better.
56: Brilliant combo from the U.S., with Williams taking a nice volley that gets saved and the rebound falls to Johnson, whose shot is also saved!
57: Gomez curls a ball to Dempsey, but he just can't reach it with his head!
Great attacking play from the U.S., the team looks to be in good control now.
61: Bradley tries to chip one over for Dempsey, but it's just out of reach.
62: Eddie Johnson draws a corner kick
63: Dempsey places a header wide
65: USA SUB -- Kljestan replaces Gomez
66: Guatemala with a shot and Howard can't hold it, but the U.S. is able to clear
69: Eddie Johnson draws a corner kick
70: Bradley is clearly taken down in the box! No call!
71: Guatemala with a corner kick, Contreras smashes a shot that's saved
72: Guatemala with another corner kick
74: Danny Williams blasts a shot over the crossbar
75: USA with some nice passing to get up the field, but they run out of space and ideas and it's out for a goal kick
76: Yellow card for Guatemala's Elias Vasquez
Guatemala was about to make a substitution, then heard that Jamaica just scored again to go 3-1 up on Antigua ... so, they didn't make the sub knowing they need another goal to advance.
84: Carlos Ruiz down with a cramp ... just seven minutes plus stoppage time now.
87: Kljestan with a drive right at the keeper, punched away.
88: GUA SUB: Dwight Pezzarossi replaces Carlos Ruiz
90: USA SUB: Joe Corona replaces Eddie Johnson
90: Three minutes of stoppage time.
90+2: Clint Dempsey issued a yellow card for diving in the box.
FULLTIME! THE USA IS THROUGH TO THE HEXAGONAL ROUND! CLINT DEMPSEY WITH 2 GOALS TONIGHT!