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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The United States national team will face an important game on Tuesday night when they travel to Central America to take on Guatemala in an important 2014 World Cup qualifier.

The US opened its qualifying on Friday night with an unconvincing 3-1 win over Antigua and Barbuda. During the game, the US was unable to finish and was lacking creativity in the final third. Also in central defense, long time veteran Oguchi Onyewu was shaky.

Heading into tonight's match, the US team will be playing in an extremely hostile environment where it has historically struggled to come away with victories.

In addition the United States team is dealing with several injuries. Left backs Edgar Castillo and Fabian Johnson are both questionable for the game as well as midfielder Jose Torres who left the Antigua game early because of an injury.

The US team will therefore likely go with Michael Parkhurst at left back and Steve Cherundolo on the right. In the middle, Clarence Goodson and Carlos Bocanegra are the logical bets given the struggles of Onyewu.

In the midfield, likely starters Jermaine Jones, Maurice Edu, and Michael Bradley have all seen significant minutes recently for the team and they will try to dictate pace of the game in Guatemala.

The US offense is lead by Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan who are the US team's most established players. At central forward, Jozy Altidore should return to his starting position ahead of Terrence Boyd and Herculez Gomez.

Guatemala is facing a must win game after dropping their first game to Jamaica on Friday. A loss to the Americans along with Jamaica's likely win over Antigua would put Guatemala six points behind second place.
Tuesday June 12, 2012 7:19 pm
I bet your XI is wrong.
Tuesday June 12, 2012 6:15 pm
are you seriously suggesting dropping herc??
Russell Osman (Victory)
Tuesday June 12, 2012 4:24 pm
This ain't gonna be easy.......
Tuesday June 12, 2012 3:47 pm
No, I don't think you will see Parkhurst on the field.
Tuesday June 12, 2012 2:05 pm
This TV thing is horrible. Guatemala has acted shamefully and without respect for the game.

But where’s US Soccer?

Sure, they might not have control. But neither does a coach who goes apoplectic over a horrible call. That coach may have zero impact on that call but at least he lets his players know he’s in it with them. The (typical) tepid lawyerly response by US Soccer to US fans being shut out of this game is inexcusable. The problems in our system, especially the youth Nationals, the insanity behind some of our host city bookings, and getting absolutely skinned in 2018/2022 WC bids are bad enough. Maybe someone in that fancy Chicago castle fans built can grow a pair today and show a little heart by championing the frustration fans are feeling in not being able to watch our National Team play in a World Cup Qualifier. I can’t imagine this passing without comment from any other federation as it has here. We need to sack Sunil Gulatti so that his era of passionless bureaucratic soccer will come to an end. We needed a Fan-In-Chief from our Federation today. Thank you, no one, for stepping up to that responsibility. We know the problems we have on the field. They’re equaled, if not surpassed, by the problems we have in the front office, yet seldom discussed. How do you expect America to follow you if you don’t lead?

Maybe the palyers will step up and avenge fans. A 6-0 for us win tonight will certainly be a nice consulation prize.
Mark WNY
Tuesday June 12, 2012 12:30 pm
USA 3 v. Guate 0
Tuesday June 12, 2012 11:46 am
I hope they rip apart Guatemala, especially given how their FA is preventing us from watching the game...

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