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WC Qualification CONCACAF

  • June 12, 2012
  • • 10:00 PM
  • • Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores, Ciudad de Guatemala
  • Referee: J. Aguilar
  • • Attendance: 18000

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 4'
    That's it!! It's finished 1-1. The USA and Guatemala both have a point.
  • 90' + 3'
    SubstitutionLandon Donovan Kyle Beckerman
  • 90' + 3'
    Klismann takes Donovan off for Beckerman, and I think that says everything about the need for a point here.
  • 90' + 1'
    Three minutes added on and Altidore is fouled near midfield. The USA trying to find something late, but Dempsey lets a touch get away from him.
  • 90'
    One minute plus stoppage time. That's what's left here.
  • 88'
    Stinging shot from Pappa with his left. Wide of the mark.
  • 87'
    Donovan with a cross and Bradley has a rip at it but just can't keep it down.
  • 86'
    Guatemala pushing to find a winner, but the USA has once again cleared the danger.
  • 85'
    Bradley with a dangerous run and Altidore isn't in the spot to get on the end of it.
  • 84'
    Now Donovan will get his chance to whip in a free kick, and it bounces back to Edu who skies the shot.
  • 83'
    Goal M. Pappa
  • 83'
    GOAL!! Guatemala scores from the free kick. It's Pappa with the strike, and it's 1-1 with just under 10 minutes to play.
  • 82'
    Yellow Card Fabian Johnson
  • 82'
    Johnson just fouled Ruiz in a dangerous spot. Ruiz takes exception, and Johnson is booked.
  • 80'
    Jones has the hit and puts it high and wide.
  • 79'
    What a terrible job on not playing the advantage. It'll be a free kick for the USA, as Dempsey is hacked down again, but Altidore was in on goal.
  • 77'
    A throw in deep in Guatemala's half for the USA, moved around the pitch to the right win where Jones tries to slip Cherundolo in. Danger dealt with by the home side.
  • 76'
    USA sitting a bit deeper as the clock keeps winding down. Trying to kill this match off now.
  • 73'
    Ruiz really doing some work down the right to turn Johnson around a couple of times.
  • 72'
    It seems like the USA will have a job to do here to hold this lead. Guatemala has really come back into this match. Pappa is causing all sorts of problems.
  • 68'
    Pappa with a hit that gets deflected by Bradley, and it's out for a corner. From the corner.. WOW, the USA just escaped punishment. Howard with a massive save and then Ruiz with a glaring miss of the open net!!
  • 67'
    Dempsey finds Donovan down the left and he whips in a cross that is played clear. USA back on the attack quickly but Edu is crowded out.
  • 66'
    Yellow Card Maurice Edu
  • 66'
    Multiple fouls. Edu will pick up the booking for coming in very late. Guatemala with a free kick hit into Howard's hands.
  • 64'
    SubstitutionH. Gómez Jozy Altidore
  • 64'
    Altidore will get an extended run here, coming on for Gomez. Good thought by Klinsmann as this match continues to be a physical battle.
  • 62'
    Set play in for the USA, and Jerez took a shot as the bodies crashed in, but it came from his own defender's knee.
  • 61'
    Yellow Card M. Pappa
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Michael Bradley
  • 60'
    Rough play continues. Dempsey takes a knock but it's Bradley that draws a card for wasting time.Odd.
  • 57'
    Sloppy there from Johnson to give away possession on the left. Pappa again doing some good work and another cross in for Guatemala is cleared away.
  • 56'
    Marco Pappa with some flashy work down the left, skips around Cherundolo and floats in a cross. The header is back across goal and the danger is cleared by Edu.
  • 54'
    The U.S. nearly got caught napping for about the third time with a ball over the top. Ruiz brings it down but Bocanegra gets it away, though with a shout for a handball from Ruiz.
  • 53'
    Yellow Card L. Rodríguez
  • 53'
    A nice ball from Jones to spring Cherundolo, cuts it in to Dempsey who hits it poorly. Better from the USA though.
  • 51'
    Card brandished for a foul against Jones. He's drawn his share of hard knocks tonight.
  • 50'
    Another corner for Guatemala, cleared by the USA.
  • 48'
    Guatemala with the ball, moving forward down the USA's right. A cross is blocked out for a corner and the header from the corner is just high of the mark. The U.S. has to be careful not to get caught early and bring the crowd back into it.
  • 47'
    Shock of all shocks, we've got a foul.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionM. Rodríguez D. Pezzarossi
  • 46'
    SubstitutionJ. Contreras M. Pappa
  • 46'
    SubstitutionC. Goodson Geoff Cameron
  • 46'
    SubstitutionC. Figueroa M. León
  • 46'
    We're back in action. USA leading 1-0. A Dempsey goal the difference.
  • Foul riddled half, but Dempsey gets the goal that has the game in the USA favor at the moment.
  • 45' + 2'
    Another foul called against Guatemala on Jones.
  • 45' + 1'
    Ruiz goes close near the end of the half. Howard won't be happy with that defending, but the USA escapes.
  • 42'
    It's just that bit of quality that Dempsey brings. Calm on the ball, pulls it around the first defender, avoids the second, put his right footed shot away.
  • 40'
    Assist Fabian Johnson
  • 40'
    Goal Clint Dempsey
    GOAL!!!!! And Guess who? It's Clint Dempsey. A bit of quality on the ball to round two defenders and put it home, it's 1-0 USA.
  • 38'
    Best chance of the match so far and it comes for Guatemala. Down the USA's left flank, a hard shot comes in and Howard deals with it.
  • 36'
    The USA finally strings three or four passes, but that's it and Guatemala has the ball moving forward again. The inability of either side to really mount a solid spell of possession is a testament to how fast a pace this match is being played at.
  • 34'
    Bradley tries to find Gomez over the top, cleared again. Very good effort from the home team at this point on the defensive end. Neither team has looked much like opening the scoring.
  • 31'
    Dempsey takes two more shots on the same play. Draws another foul, Donovan to whip it in but Guatemala gets it clear.
  • 30'
    Ruiz did really well there to hold off Goodson, and yes, draw a foul. Dangerous spot here.
  • 28'
    Dempsey plays Jones who in turn plays Bradley. A shot from range is easily saved.
  • 27'
    As if it has to be part of every comment I make, foul on Edu. USA gets the initial ball cleared of the danger but Guatemala is still on it.
  • 26'
    Dempsey fouled again. This one in a dangerous spot as well. Looks like Gomez might try his luck.... He does, from a long way out, and blasts it way over the top.
  • 24'
    Foul count keeps rising. This is chippy in the middle of the park. Good match, but those fouls will take a toll eventually.
  • 23'
    Yellow Card C. Goodson
  • 22'
    Dempsey wins a free kick and Bradley goes quickly to Johnson. The USA has a shot blocked out and Goodson fouls again near midfield, this one will bring a card.
  • 20'
    Bradley kills off the USA's next attack with a slack ball with the outside of his right foot. Gomez fouls to slow the counter, and now Johnson is back storming down the left as the USA wins it back.
  • 18'
    Donovan does well to save a ball down the right flank and lays it back to Cherundolo. Cross is blocked out but the USA is back on it and holds possession until Bocanegra over hits a long ball.
  • 17'
    No call as Bradley is taken down in the middle of the park.
  • 15'
    Donovan gives the ball away twice in short order. Edu commits a foul to slow Guatemala's attack but they go early and Howard had to come claim it once again. Really good match to this point.
  • 14'
    Now Johnson comes racing forward and tries to play Jones down the left flank. Ball is too long and slides out for a goal kick.
  • 13'
    Well played by the Guatemalan keeper Jerez to punch that ball clear. Good service from Donovan.
  • 12'
    A long ball to Gomez , and he's fouled. Yet another set play for the USA from near the sideline. Donovan to play it in.
  • 11'
    Corner for Guatemala, misses all targets but is sent back in and Howard has to claim it.
  • 9'
    Nice tackle from Johnson as Guatemala tries to get forward. Really fast pace to start this game from both sides. The early fears of a defensive lineup for the home team don't seem to be true. Guatemala is attacking with pace and numbers. Pushing high and trying to cause the USA problems all over the pitch.
  • 8'
    Another free kick for the USA, and this one is sent in by Donovan but a foul is called and Guatemala gets away with another dangerous situation.
  • 6'
    The corner is knocked away and the home side breaks forward. The USA deals and Goodson gets it clear.
  • 4'
    Donovan floats in a free kick from near the sideline after Jones is fouled. It's out for a corner, but here's the set piece play the USA needs to take advantage of.
  • 3'
    Carlos Ruiz, the real threat for the USA to deal with, rips a shot well over the goal on Guatemala's first real move forward of the night.
  • 2'
    Dempsey takes a hard shot near midfield. Takes a minute to get up, no foul called, but Gomez breaks forward.
  • 1'
    We're off. USA in the dark blue kit with the white sleeves, Guatemala in the home white kit.
  • Teams on the pitch, national anthems being played, it's almost time to get this going.
  • A very defensive side for Guatemala. That's always been an issue for this USA team. It makes set pieces very important, and it'll make for another tough test for a team that struggles to break opponents down.
  • The USA has been dominant over Guatemala, but this is still a tricky road test for Jurgen Klinsmann's men. Any trip in CONCACAF can cause problems. Field conditions, a hyped up home team and a really rough atmosphere can all play a part. The USA should be favored, but nothing should be taken for granted,, especially after the 3-1 win over Antigua & Barbuda that didn't exactly inspire confidence.
  • I'm Allen Ramsey, here to take you through the match as it happens. The USA is coming out with a very similar team to the ones we've been seeing in the previous friendlies. Herculez Gomez will be up top with Donovan and Dempsey on his flanks. Once again Bradley, Edu and Jones are manning the middle. The big changes are at the back where Fabian Johnson is back on at left back, and Goodson is back in the middle beside Bocanegra.
  • Welcome in to's live commentary of the USA's match against Guatemala. A quick rundown for you. We'll have live commentary right here and's Mike Slane (@Mike_Slane on twitter) is in Guatemala for the match. He'll be manning the @GoalUSA twitter account for the match.