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WC Qualification CONCACAF

  • October 16, 2012
  • • 7:15 PM
  • • Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Referee: R. Moreno
  • • Attendance: 16947

Live Commentary

  • That's it. The USA is through to the Hex. A big win. Dempsey grabs two, Bocanegra one, and the defense does well to put the match away in the second half. Thanks for joining in tonight for our live call of the match.
  • 90' + 1'
    Yellow Card Clint Dempsey
  • 90' + 1'
    Dempsey picks up a booking for a dive in the box. He's wanting that third goal to come from the spot it seems.
  • 90'
    EJ comes off after another good showing. Maybe should have had a goal to salt it away even more, but provided an assist for Dempsey and may have earned a more regular spot on this team.
  • 89'
    SubstitutionEddie Johnson J. Corona
  • 89'
    Another goal for Jamaica has pretty much sealed Guatemala's fate.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionC. Ruíz D. Pezzarossi
  • 88'
    Shot from Kljestan there. Punched away.
  • 86'
    Play is back moving. The USA is still in a very dominant position. Bradley doing a lot of work to hold the ball, and Guatemala finally gets it cleared.
  • 84'
    Man down on the pitch. It's Ruiz. Guatemala can't afford to have him taken off.
  • 82'
    Dempsey tries to slip Johnson through. Just didn't come off. Guatemala has to be frustrated at this point, not getting many touches of the ball and in serious need of a goal.
  • 80'
    Dane Richards has scored for Jamaica.. that puts it back in favor of the Jamaicans as far as who goes through.
  • 78'
    Zusi comes off for Mo Edu. Loud roars from the Kansas City crowd, telling Klinsmann they would like to see him stay in.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionGraham Zusi Maurice Edu
  • 77'
    Dempsey has a crack. He's trying to get that hat trick finished up.
  • 76'
    Yellow Card E. Vásquez
  • 76'
    First booking of the night. Vaquez picks it up.
  • 74'
    Dempsey gets called for having his foot a bit too high there. Guatemala goes quickly, but the USA is ready for it. Shocking how wide open this match still is despite neither team needing another goal to go through as the scores stand.
  • 70'
    Back down at the other end Howard punches a corner out, only to have the shot come right back in. Another corner for Guatemala.
  • 69'
    Really nice job by the USA of managing this half. Another corner won, another clearance from Guatemala, but the danger isn't over. Michael Bradley just skinned Carlos Ruiz, had to be a penalty but it wasn't given. Lucky for Guatemala. Very lucky.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionH. Gómez Sacha Kljestan
  • 65'
    Kljestan comes on now for Gomez. Good night of work from the former KC Wizard. Johnson will slide up front... oh wait, action at the other end, Howard forced into a save and kicks out a rebound that he had to flip away while on the ground.
  • 64'
    Gomez has done a great job tonight with his workrate. Won another corner there. Nicely done. That's the fourth or fifth one he's won tonight.
  • 63'
    Dempsey's header from a corner just flashed wide. Another chance for the USA. Guatemala will still need to be on point to go through, can't ship another one.
  • 62'
    Antigua and Barbuda has scored in the other game. Now just a one goal match, meaning it's back to Guatemala going through if the scores hold.
  • 61'
    The USA defense is doing a nice job of keeping things under wraps right now. Guatemala is trying to hit balls over the to though, probably making the job a bit easier.
  • 59'
    Much slower going right now, mostly of the USA's doing at this point. Trying to kill this game off.
  • 56'
    A great build for the USA there with an odd finish to it. Johnson was the man with the final touch. Once again he can't put it home, but the USA has not stopped attacking.
  • 55'
    Oh Eddie Johnson.. your return could have been perfect there. Chance there to make it four for the USA, and he just can't get the final touch on the ball.
  • 51'
    Williams down on the pitch. Tough, tough tackle from the Guatemalan there. He's back up now, moving around.
  • 49'
    Shot from Lopez, he's been active early. USA not getting a lot of good touches on the ball so far.
  • 48'
    Early signs show a more ambitious Guatemala side this half. Two forwards, Lopez being the other halftime sub, and bringing on another creative player like Pappa. The USA is in a great spot here, but not out of the woods completely.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionC. Figueroa M. Pappa
  • 46'
    SubstitutionM. Rodríguez M. López
  • 46'
    Second half is under way. Two changes for Guatemala. Pappa is in, and the USA will remember what he did in the first meeting.
  • There's the halftime whistle. Plenty of soccer still to play, but a very solid half from the USA.
  • 45' + 1'
    Just one minute added on. USA in solid control at this point. Two goals from Dempsey, one from Bocanegra, the old guard has really stepped up.
  • 44'
    The USA has gone into a bit more of a shell here, now moving forward against and winning a corner off of a cross from Bradley.
  • 42'
    Dempsey has slipped out to left mid, leaving Johnson up top. A defensive move there from Klinsmann.
  • 40'
    As it stands, Jamaica would go through. But I wouldn't bet against more goals in this game, or in the other game at this point.
  • 36'
    Assist Michael Bradley
  • 36'
    Goal Clint Dempsey
    GOAL!! It's Dempsey again. Bradley and Gomez set the table,, and Dempsey has another touch home. Well worked, well set up, nice goal and the USA is in a great spot.
  • 35'
    Good move there from the USA. Johnson, working down the right again, slid a ball across to Gomez who picked out Zusi down the right for a hit. Angle was tight, and it was well saved, but still a positive look.
  • 32'
    The U.S. defense is still not looking all that sturdy at the moment. Ruiz still causing issues, and the positioning hasn't been great. Good enough for now, but something to keep an eye on.
  • 31'
    Gomez with a cross now. Dempsey has been well marked, and is again there, but another dangerous moment.
  • 29'
    Dangerous there from the USA. Johnson heads a cross back across goal that has to be punched clear. Some good moves from Klinsmann's side here tonight.
  • 28'
    Nothing comes from the corner. Took some odd bounces in the box, but Dempsey couldn't get on the end of it.
  • 27'
    Another corner won from Gomez' work running the channel.
  • 26'
    Nice run through the midfield from Contreas. Nothing comes from it, ut this Guatemala side clearly has some talent.
  • 24'
    Another cross in for Dempsey gets just over his head, but it falls to Cherundolo. His shot is blocked out. Quick update here, Jamaica is leading by two goals early, meaning a loss for either of these teams makes things very interesting.
  • 21'
    Now it's Guatemala back on the attack. Howard has to push the ball wide after taking on a shot from a really tight angle. Another corner, and again the USA can thank a foul for saving any danger from the set play.
  • 20'
    That should put some hearts a bit more at ease. The USA takes a lead with a second goal, great pass from Cherundolo to open Johnson up for the final ball in.
  • 18'
    Assist Eddie Johnson
  • 18'
    Goal Clint Dempsey
    GOAL!! USA takes the lead. Dempsey knocks it home on an assist from Eddie Johnson, who had slid out to the right.
  • 17'
    Ruiz is causing all sorts of problems for the USA back line. Nice run in behind, wins another corner for Guatemala, but a foul kills off the chance.
  • 16'
    Dempsey has a crack from range. Blocked out of danger.
  • 14'
    Pop shots at both ends of the pitch, neither overly troubling.
  • 13'
    Back to square one. Remember, a draw will do for both teams, but a loss for either could be an issue depending on the result of the Jamaica match.
  • 10'
    Assist Clint Dempsey
  • 10'
    Goal Carlos Bocanegra
    BACK LEVEL!!! The USA has netted one of its own. Clint Dempsey with the header from the corner, knocks it down for Bocanegra to tap home. It's all even again.
  • 10'
    The USA comes back and wins a corner. Gomez running against odds to earn it.
  • 8'
    Guatemala on the break again. Ruiz gets free down the left and holds the ball well before playing in a teammate. Blocked out for a corner. Another moment of danger here.
  • 7'
    So.. the USA is now in a position that I'm sure the players had bad dreams about last night. A terrible start, down a goal. Will have to chase this game against a team that was already probably planning on sitting deep.
  • 5'
    Assist J. Contreras
  • 5'
    Goal C. Ruíz
    GOAL! Guatemala has taken the lead. Carlos Ruiz gets in behind, all alone, Howard is beaten, and it's a nightmare start for the USA.
  • 4'
    Shouts for a hand ball there, just outside Guatemala's box. Ref waves play on.
  • 2'
    USA goes early on a free kick, cross again is cut out, but Guatemala is under pressure early on.
  • 1'
    Early move from the USA. Dempsey wins a header to Johnson, who plays back to Dempsey. Cross is cut out but and early corner.
  • 1'
    We're off and running. USA wearing the Red stripes with the white shorts and white socks, Guatemala in the all blue kit tonight.
  • Just a few minutes away from kickoff. The USA has some worries here, but obviously being at home for this match and needing just a draw will be favored to go through. But nothing is for sure in these matches, as Canada found out earlier today, and this could be a very tricky match.
  • Only one change to the USA lineup tonight. Michael Parkhurst comes in at left back, with Carlos Bocanegra moving inside to partner Geoff Cameron, leaving Goodson and the man out of the lineup.
  • We've got a huge game on tap tonight. The USA vs. Guatemala, with a spot in the hex on the line. A draw will do it for both sides, but a loss for either could kill off a their World Cup chances.