MNT Mar 25, 2016
#USAvGUA World Cup Qualifying Starting Lineup Notes
- Nine of the MNT’s starting XI have previously played vs. Guatemala, with only Michael Orozco and Bobby Wood making their first appearances vs. los Chapines.
- Four players have previously played in a World Cup Qualifying match in Guatemala City: Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron, Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard
- Nine players have previous World Cup Qualifying experience in Central America, with only Wood and DeAndre Yedlin getting their first taste.
- Edgar Castillo makes his first MNT appearance since a 2-0 friendly loss to Ukraine on March 5, 2014.
- Dempsey is tied with Landon Donovan for the all-time MNT lead in World Cup Qualifying goals with 13. Substitute Jozy Altidore sits just one goal behind Dempsey and Donovan.
- At five goals, Dempsey is the MNT’s all-time leading goal scorer against Guatemala, with four of those coming in his last three matches vs. los Chapines.
- Alejandro Bedoya scored his first international goal in a 6-0 friendly win against Guatemala on July 5, 2013 in San Diego, California.
- With the start, Tim Howard earns his 31st World Cup Qualifying appearance, moving him into a tie for fourth with Carlos Bocanegra, Kasey Keller, Eddie Pope and Claudio Reyna on the MNT’s all-time World Cup Qualifying caps list.
- Howard is 3-0-1 all-time vs. Guatemala and along with Bradley and Dempsey was part of the MNT’s only World Cup Qualifying win at Guatemala, a 1-0 result on August 20, 2008.