GUATEMALA 1-1 UNITED STATES – 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP CONCACAF QUALIFICATION 3RD ROUND GROUP B MATCH 2 REVIEW
The United States shared the points with Guatemala, after battling to a 1-1 draw in Guatemala City.
Attacking midfielder / withdrawn striker / rapper, Clint Dempsey put the US ahead in the 40th minute, when he collected a pass from Fabian Johnson, sidestepped two Guatemalan defenders, then slotted home a low shot past Ricardo Jerez.
Late in the second half Marco Pappa earned Guatemala a draw when he struck a brilliant free kick past a frozen Tim Howard.
Prematch, the big news out of the US camp was the fitness of Fabian Johnson, which allowed head coach Jürgen Klinsmann to play his strongest XI.
The US lined up as expected, with a 4-3-3, utilizing three defensive midfielders, highlighting the important of ball retention in away CONCACAF qualifiers, and a front three of Landon Donovan, Hérculez Gómez, and Clint Dempsey.
Early in the match the US failed to turn possession into chances, and only managed two shots on target during the whole match. Finally the US broke the Guatemalan defenses, from a moment of brilliance from Clint Dempsey.
Right after halftime Jürgen Klinsmann subbed off Clarence Goodson who had picked up a yellow in the first half for Geoff Cameron, and in the 64th minute brought on Jozy Altidore for Hérculez Gómez who put in a solid shift in the hostile stadium.
Altidore struggled once he entered the match, failing to latch onto a Michael Bradley pass late, showed his poor off the ball movement.
Guatemala grew into the match late, and after a Fabian Johnson foul, Marco Papa hit a pinpoint accurate free kick past a frozen Tim Howard.
After leveling the match up, it seemed both teams were content with the draw as the US subbed of Donovan for a much more defensive minded Kyle Beckerman.
The US earned four points from their first two matches and now face Jamaica twice in September in an attempt to qualify for the fourth round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
Man of The Match: Tim Howard / Clint Dempsey
Bum of The Match: Maurice Edu