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WC Qualification CONCACAF

  • June 8, 2012
  • • 7:00 PM
  • • Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
  • Referee: H. Cruz
  • • Attendance: 23971

Live Commentary

  • This is Alex Labidou signing off. Feel free to contact me on twitter @sportslab.
  • 90'
    The game ends as the U.S. maintains its two goal lead. The fans are celebrating the win but in the locker room, there will be some disappointed players.
  • 88'
    The U.S. is starting to bunker down. The team wants to avoid mistakes on the slippery Raymond James pitch.
  • 85'
    According to Opta sports, the U.S. has 77 percent of possession. That clearly points to a poor conversion rate.
  • 84'
    A&B almost takes advantage of another mistake by the U.S.. A poor pass gives the ball to the men in yellow and their shot goes just above the crossbar.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionTamarley Thomas Stephan Smith
  • 80'
    SubstitutionJones Terrence Boyd
  • 80'
    SubstitutionH. Gómez Jozy Altidore
  • 80'
    Thomas is coming off for A&B.
  • 80'
    Altidore comes on to a loud applause by the fans. He's a local product as he hails from Florida.
  • 79'
    Awkward set of events as Goodson almost runs into Howard who has the ball. Luckily, nothing happened.
  • 77'
    Looks like both Boyd and Altidore are about to come on.
  • 74'
    Despite being up 3-1, the U.S. will be frustrated if it doesn't score any more goals.
  • 72'
    Goal H. Gómez
    GOAL!!!! The U.S. finally break through the A&B defense. The team moved the ball around well in the box and after two shots were blocked from Bradley and Donovan, Gomez scored off the rebound.
  • 70'
    A&B James blocks a point blank header from the U.S.. If A&B loses this match, they can still hang their heads high.
  • 67'
    Yellow Card Quinton Griffith
  • 67'
    The U.S. looks a bit shaken from conceding the goal. Can the team get another goal?
  • 65'
    Assist Dexter Blackstock
  • 65'
    Goal Peter Byers
  • 64'
    GOAL!!!! A&B fights its way back into the game. Supersub Byers beats Onyewu with his pace and is one on one with Howard. Byers easily finished past the GK.
  • 63'
    SubstitutionKieran Murtagh Peter Byers
  • 63'
    A&B calls up its first sub, bringing in Byers for Murtagh.
  • 61'
    U.S. soccer announces that Torres has a left ankle contusion.
  • 60'
    Altidore and Boyd are warming up on the sidelines. Klinsmann is trying to pad up the U.S. lead.
  • 58'
    Correction that was Gomez.
  • 58'
    Dempsey misses a clear sitter with his shot banging the cross bar. The U.S. finishing has been poor tonight.
  • 57'
    SubstitutionJ. Torres Oguchi Onyewu
  • 56'
    Torres is on the sideline. Onyewu is coming in for him. Looks like Bocanegra will likely slide to the left.
  • 55'
    The medics are bringing in a stretcher for Torres. Let's see who is coming in for him.
  • 54'
    Uh-oh, looks like the U.S. left back situation just got worse. An A&B player collided with Torres' leg and the player is still on the field twitching in pain.
  • 51'
    Credit A&B, the team is still trying to press the U.S. and regain possession.
  • 47'
    The U.S. starts the second half clearly aiming to attack. Remember goal differential plays a huge part of World Cup qualifying.
  • 45'
    Second half starts and A&B has the ball. Can the U.S. build on its lead?
  • I'll answering questions on twitter with my @sportslab account during half time. Feel free to contact me there.
  • First half ends and the U.S. clearly looks disappointed even though its up 2-0. There were several easy opportunities that weren't converted.
  • 44'
    Assist Landon Donovan
  • 44'
    Penalty Goal Clint Dempsey
    GOAL!!! Correction Dempsey was up there to take it and he smashes it through.
  • 42'
    PENALTY!!!! Donovan charged into the box from a ball from Dempsey and was dragged to the ground. He's stepping up to take it.
  • 39'
    This is what I am talking about. A&B almost had a chance to score as Murtagh took a strong shot from outside the box. Luckily, Goodson was there to block.
  • 36'
    Corner lands into the hands of A&B GK. Strangely he throws the ball out of bounds.
  • 35'
    Better job by the U.S., Dempsey had his shot blocked but he followed through and test the A&B defense. Corner.
  • 34'
    Again, Donovan shows what's been the U.S. problem all game. Runs into the box go unrewarded as he decided to pass instead of shoot.
  • 33'
    Gomez forces a corner but should have gotten a foul call. He was clearly pushed on his way to the box.
  • 30'
    U.S. fans sound their frustration as the team continues to get into the box and fail to score. Is it time to make a change at striker?
  • 25'
    Once again, the U.S. is playing a dangerous game here. A&B would be more than happy to go into halftime with just a one goal deficit.
  • 23'
    Gomez missed an easy chance there. He should put it in the back of the net.
  • 22'
    Despite completely dominating, the U.S. is only up 1-0. With the slippery field, the U.S. needs to take advantage. A mistake can happen at any time.
  • 20'
    Close call by ref Hugo Cruz. Dempsey thought he was fouled in the box and took a while to get up but the ref wasn't buying it.
  • 18'
    Donovan just showed that he's still got some pace beating a A&B defender before slightly losing direction. He passed to Bradley but his shot missed the goal completely.
  • 16'
    The U.S. is really showing its quality here. The team is getting past A&B at will.
  • 14'
    Dempsey had a nice bit of footwork in the box, dancing past five A&B defenders before losing the ball.
  • 14'
    Bocanegra's goal was his 13th goal, tying with Balboa for the most goals by a U.S. defender.
  • 12'
    Yellow Card Marc Joseph
  • 12'
    The U.S. forces another corner.
  • 8'
    Assist H. Gómez
  • 8'
    Goal Carlos Bocanegra
    GOALLL!!!!! Bocanegra scores off the rebound!!! Molvin James made a great save on the U.S. first attempt, blocking Gomez's header but Boca took advantage of the spill.
  • 7'
    Promising attack by the U.S. forces a corner.
  • 6'
    Crowd voices its disappointment after Jones missed a easy breakaway but pushing the ball out of bounds on his run.
  • 3'
    A&B's Griffith tests Howard early as the goalkeeper has to block the midfielder's shot.
  • 2'
    The U.S. is moving the ball around so far trying to find its way around a swarming A&B defense.
  • KICK OFF!!! The U.S. has the ball.
  • Loud cheers as the U.S. players run out on the pitch.
  • Anthem's finished and the game is about to start. Big expectations for the U.S. in this match.
  • The starting lineups are being announced now at Raymond James stadium. Credit the fans in attendance, they are sticking out there despite poor weather. Same can't said of a certain team in Harrison, N.J..
  • Have any questions about the match? Follow me on twitter @sportslab and feel free to shoot me a tweet.
  • For Antigua and Barbuda, the team is employing a five man midfield with three defenders. Surprising considering that you would expect the underdogs to bunker down. It looks like they might try to attack the U.S..
  • For the U.S., Klinsmann has decided to stick with Herculez Gomez up top, keeping Jozy Altidore on the bench. The big surprise is that Jose Torres, a central midfielder, will be playing as left back. Since Klinsmann's arrival, Torres has been utilized in a variety of positions including left midfield and attacking mid.
  • Some interesting tactical decisions from both teams.
  • Some interesting stats heading into the match. This is the first time that the U.S. has faced Antigua & Barbuda. Their opponent is real minnow with a land mass of only 107 square miles. Yet, Antigua and Barbuda cruised through the second round of qualifying, earning five wins out of a possible six and averaging nearly five goals a game.
  • Welcome to's LIVE commentary of the United States World Cup qualifier against Antigua & Barbuda. This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab on twitter) and I will be giving you my insights throughout the game. It is Jurgen Klinsmann's first World Cup qualifier and the field conditions here at Tampa are very poor. It's like a monsoon out here.