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WC Qualification CONCACAF

  • October 12, 2012
  • • 7:00 PM
  • • Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound
  • Referee: N. Brizan
  • • Attendance: 7000

Live Commentary

  • What an ending! Eddie Johnson's first multi-goal game for the U.S. since 2004 might have just saved Jurgen Klinsmann's job. It certainly helped the U.S.'s chances at making it to the next round.
  • 90'
    Assist Alan Gordon
  • 90'
    Goal Eddie Johnson
  • 90'
    GOOOOOOOOAAAAAL!!!! It's Eddie Johnson again, scoring right at the end of normal time!
  • 89'
    SubstitutionPeter Byers Stephan Smith
  • 85'
    Michael Bradley is seriously ticked after a tackle inside the box takes out his legs from behind.
  • 82'
    Antigua responds with a great counterattack, and Byers' shot beats Howard but goes just wide. Agonizing for the home fans.
  • 81'
    Sacha Kljestan has a pop from long range, forcing Antigua goalkeeper James into a good save to deny him.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionGraham Zusi Sacha Kljestan
  • 73'
    SubstitutionH. Gómez Alan Gordon
  • 62'
    Yellow Card Jones
  • 62'
    Jermain Jones, who came on as a substitute, has already picked up a yellow card, meaning he will miss the clash against Guatemala on Tuesday.
  • 61'
    Yellow Card Tamarley Thomas
  • 56'
    SubstitutionDaniel Williams Jones
  • 54'
    From Alex Labidou, live in Antigua: Antigua & Barbuda has become increasingly aggressive since its 25th minute goal by Blackstock. The fans have gotten into the game and the conditions are benefiting the Benna Boyz because they are used to the field and the torrential rain.
  • 47'
    The U.S. is putting in some effort after the restart. Eddie Johnson crosses to the head of Clint Dempsey, but Deuce's effort is weak and wide.
  • That's the half. The U.S. has struggled to turn possession into offense on a difficult surface, while the defense has failed to impress when tested.
  • 45'
    Blackstock almost has his second, as a line-drive cross is deflected behind the goal.
  • 40'
    Another Bradley shot from outside the box goes wide, this time hitting the post. MB90 wants his tonight, doesn't he?
  • 33'
    Michael Bradley has a pop from long range, but his shot goes wide. No repeat of THAT goal against Scotland tonight, it seems.
  • 32'
    Another great cross from Zusi finds the head of Eddie Johnson, but EJ can't quite get it on target.
  • 25'
    Assist Peter Byers
  • 25'
    Goal Dexter Blackstock
  • 25'
    Antigua levels at one! Antigua's Dexter Blackstock finishes a low cross from Peter Byers as Clarence Goodson slips in a crucial area.
  • 20'
    Assist Michael Bradley
  • 20'
    Goal Eddie Johnson
  • 20'
    GOAL EDDIE JOHNSON! A Zusi corner comes back to the KC midfielder, and after a one-two with Michael Bradley, Zusi chips a cross into the box, where EJ heads home to replay Klinsmann's faith in him.
  • 18'
    Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock is down on the ground after catching a leg, and although it's not serious, he's taking plenty of time to get up.
  • 15'
    The grass does look pretty terrible. The surface is closer to a particularly poor high school field than it is to an international quality venue.
  • 14'
    From Alex Labidou live in Antigua: "The poor pitch condition at Sir Vivian Richards was on full display in the 12th minute. Zusi received an easy pass from Bradley but couldn't completely control his footing and slipped on the ground."
  • 9'
    Eddie Johnson sticks a cross in towards the head of Herculez Gomez, but he can't out-jump his marker, and it goes out for a U.S. corner.
  • 8'
    From Alex Labidou live in Antigua: "So far the EJ experiment at left wing has mixed results. His pace and aerial ability has been useful but his passing is suspect. Still, the U.S. is completely dominating possession to open the first seven minutes."
  • 5'
    The field at Sir Viv Richards Stadium is very narrow -- the 70-yard minimum width allowed by FIFA -- and it shows. The U.S. has had more possession, but A&B is crowding its own half and blocking any Yankee aggression.
  • 1'
    And we're off. The United States will be going from left to right on your illegal stream.
  • More from Alex Labidou in Antigua: " Right now there's quite a few surprised reporters in the stadium's press box. Eddie Johnson at left wing? Hasn't Jurgen Klinsmann watched videos of Johnson's ill-fated turn at that position for Fulham. Sunil Gulati and U.S. press officers attempted to explain the decision stating that Johnson and Graham Zusi will be playing near the strikers up top."
  • From correspondent Alex Labidou, at the stadium in Antgua: "Antigua's Sir Vivian Richards is an interesting venue, it's mainly a cricket field and its odd to see a national soccer field crudely painted on. The game was expected to be a sellout, yet the arena is probably around 70 percent capacity. The few dozen American fans in attendance are making their presence known as they continue to sing loudly."
  • And here's your starters for Antigua & Barbuda: James, Griffith, Joseph, A. Thomas, Francis-Angol, K. Thomas, George, Dublin, Burton, Byers, Blackstock
  • Here's the USMNT starting lineup: Howard; Cherundolo, Goodson, Cameron, Bocanegra (c); Zusi, Williams, Bradley, E. Johnson; Dempsey, Gomez.
  • Hello, everyone, I'm editor Keith Hickey, and I'll be doing your live commentary as the United States takes on Antigua & Barbuda in World Cup qualifying.