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  • October 16, 2012
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World Cup Qualifying Preview: USA - Guatemala

World Cup Qualifying Preview: USA - Guatemala

Mike Ehrmann

Jurgen Klinsmann's side is in need of a win or a draw to pass into the final round of qualifying, while the Guatemalans can also make it through with a positive result.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
USA (4-4-2): Howard; Cherundolo, Edu, Cameron, Bocanegra; Williams, Bradley, Johnson, Zusi; Dempsey, Gomez

ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland)

MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS: Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

Guatemala (4-4-2): Jerez; Morales, Lopez, Vasquez, Morales; Figueroa, Leon, Pappa, Contreras; Ruiz, Lopez

ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jaime Carbajal (Universidad de San Carlos), Cristian Alvarez (Municipal), Ricardo Jerez (Marquense)

DEFENDERS (6): Rafael Gonzalez (Malacateco), Ruben Morales (Coban Imperial), Erwin Morales (Comunicaciones), Claudio Albizuris (Municipal), Jonathan Wilson (Marquense), Lalin Lopez (Marquense)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Manuel Leon (Xelaju), Wilfred Velasquez (Comunicaciones), Carlos Figueroa (Comunicaciones), Jose Manuel Contreras (Comunicaciones), Sergio Trujillo (Municipal), Marco Tulio Ciani (Universidad de San Carlos), Gonzalo Romero (Marquense), Marco Pappa (Heerenveen/NED)

FORWARDS (6): Minor Ignacio Lopez (La Serena/CHL), Dwight Pezzarossi (Comunicaciones), Lester Ruiz (Suchitepequez), Mario Rodriguez (Municipal), Henry Lopez (unattached), Carlos Ruiz (unattached).
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Guatemala drew with the USA in the first meeting between these sides with a late free kick stunner from Marco Pappa.
  • The two teams are locked at the top of the group with 10 points each. A win for either side would assure it topping the group, while a draw would be enough to send both teams through.
  • Jurgen Klinsmann is somewhat short of options at the moment, with only 19 players on his traveling roster.
  • Guatemala also comes into the match banged up, with defenders Carlos Gallardo, Elias Vasquez and Luis Rodriguez all out due to injury along with midfielder Alejandro Galindo.
  • The USA got two goals from Eddie Johnson, in his return to the national team after a two-year hiatus, in its win over Antigua & Barbuda.
  • For Guatemala the hero of the semifinal round of qualifying has been forward Carlos Ruiz, who scored the match winner in the last two games for his side.

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