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June 8, 2012 7:00 PM EDT
Raymond James Stadium — Tampa, Florida
Referee:‬ H. Cruz‎
Attendance:‬ 23971‎
 
Peter Byers 65′
44′ (PG) Clint Dempsey
 
72′ H. Gómez
 

World Cup Qualifying Preview: USA - Antigua and Barbuda

The USA opens up its qualifying campaign with one of CONCACAF's minnows.

By Allen Ramsey

Jurgen Klinsmann - Canada vs. USA
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS
USA (4-3-3): Howard, Cherundolo, Bocanegra, Onyewu, Johnson; Bradley, Jones; Donovan, Dempey, Torres; Altidore


Team News:


Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore should both be back in the lineup for Jurgen Klinsmann's side, with Fabian Johnson as the only question in terms of fitness heading into the first match of World Cup Qualifying.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Antigua and Barbuda (4-4-2): James; Joseph, Murtagh, Leigertwood, Robinson; Dublin, Griffith, Burton, Thomas; Thomas, Byers.


Team News


Antigua and Barbuda comes into the contest with a 25-man roster. Seven of those players are based in England while the majority of the team plays for club side Antigua Barracuda in the USL Pro league.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • The USA opened its five-game stretch with a 5-1 win against Scotland but came back with a loss to Brazil and a draw against Canada heading into this match.
  • 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.
  • This will be the first competitive match for Jurgen Klinsmann as head coach of the USA.

  • Despite its strong record so far in qualifying, Antigua and Barbuda is coming off a 2-1 loss to Haiti in the final match of its second round qualifying run.
  • The USA has never faced Antigua and Barbuda.

  • Antigua and Barbuda coach Tom Curtis knows something about being an underdog. The 39-year-old played for Chesterfield in 1997, when the third-tier English club made a run all the way to the FA Cup semifinals.


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Last Five Matches
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Team News
Available Squads
1Tim HowardGoalkeeper
-Carlos Bocanegra
21C. GoodsonDefender
-Steven Cherundolo
13Jermaine JonesMidfielder
16J. TorresMidfielder
4Michael BradleyMidfielder
7Maurice EduMidfielder
8Clint DempseyStriker
9H. GómezStriker
10Landon DonovanStriker
18Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
20Geoff CameronDefender
2Michael ParkhurstDefender
5Oguchi OnyewuDefender
14Kyle BeckermanMidfielder
17Jozy AltidoreStriker
-Terrence BoydStriker
18Molvin JamesGoalkeeper
17George DublinMidfielder
5Marc JosephDefender
-Marvin M. McCoy
11Quinton GriffithMidfielder
10Kieran MurtaghMidfielder
15Lawson RobinsonMidfielder
-Mikele Leigertwood
14Randolph BurtonMidfielder
23Dexter BlackstockStriker
13Tamarley ThomasStriker
21Keita DeCastroGoalkeeper
-Olson FordeGoalkeeper
20A. ThomasMidfielder
19Troy DublinDefender
22Justin CochraneMidfielder
4Karanja MackMidfielder
-Luke BlakelyDefender
-J. Parker
7Kimoi AlexanderMidfielder
12Kerry Kadie SkeppleMidfielder
16Peter ByersStriker
6Ranja ChristianDefender
9Stephan SmithStriker
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Peter Byers Peter Byers
Striker
10 1
B. Pérez B. Pérez
Striker
FC Dallas
9 0
J. Bengtson J. Bengtson
Striker
New England
9 0
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
8 2
A. Saborío A. Saborío
Striker
Real Salt Lake
8 1