USA 1, Guatemala 1 Final Score: US Settles For Draw Thanks To Late Equalizer

Clint Dempsey scored his 27th goal as member of the US National Team to stake his squad to a halftime lead. But Guatemala scored a late goal to force a 1-1 draw.

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USA 1, Guatemala 1 Final Score: US Settles For Draw Thanks To Late Equalizer

Marco Pappa scored a goal in the 83rd minute on a free kick from just outside the box to salvage a draw for Guatemala against the United States in tonight’s World Cup Qualifying match in Guatemala City. The draw gives Guatemala one point in Group A and puts them in a tie for third, while the US sits atop the group with four points, ahead of Jamaica (also with four) by virtue of goal differential.

The goal by Pappa was the last in a string of late chances for Guatemala as they desperately tried to close the one goal deficit in the final 20 minutes. Pappa had missed just moments earlier on a great chance when his shot deflected wide of a beaten Tim Howard. The ensuing corner kick was brilliantly stopped when Carlos Ruiz found himself alone in front of the net, but Howard was able to stick a hand out and bat it away.

The US’ lone goal came just before halftime when Clint Dempsey received a pass from left back Fabian Johnson, returning after missing two games with a strained calf muscle, and weaved his way through two defenders to clear himself for his 27th goal as a member of the US National Team. The goal looked like it would hold up until Pappa’s late equalizer.

The match was very choppy throughout thanks to the poor conditions of the pitch and the physical play of Guatemala. In the first half alone there were 19 fouls registered, shades of the 2008 qualifier between the two when the two sides were whistled for 40 fouls. No red cards were handed out, but three US players went in the book for yellow cards, including Johnson, who was booked for an elbow that led to the free kick goal for Pappa. Other US yellow cards were handed out to Clarence Goodson, Maurice Edu and Michael Bradley.

The US will get a much needed break after an exhausting stretch that saw them engaged in double training sessions on a daily basis and competing in five matches over the course of three weeks. The intense camp seemed to leave the US a little fatigued in the latter stages of recent matches and questions are sure to be leveled at manager Jurgen Klinsmann for the decision to work his group so hard.

The US will be off from qualifying until September 7th when they travel to Jamaica for the first of back to back matches with the Reggae Boyz in this semi-final group. The last time the two met was in the quarterfinal round of the Gold Cup in 2011. The Americans won that match 1-0 behind a Jozy Altidore goal. The US needs to finish in the top two of Group A to qualify for next years final CONCACAF qualifying round.

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USA 1, Guatemala 0 Halftime Score: Clint Dempsey Nets 27th For US

Clint Dempsey dribbled around two defenders in the 40th minute and then slid the ball into the left corner of the net to give the United States a 1-0 lead over Guatemala at halftime of the World Cup Qualifier in Guatemala City.

The first half was largely very sloppy as both sides adjusted to the poor condition of the field and felt each other out. As a result, both sides struggled to string together passes and there were no shots registered on net until the 25 minute mark. As expected, the sloppy play of the match was exacerbated by the physical play of the Guatemalan side, a staple of theirs against more talented opposition. The physical play was able to knock the US out of their rhythm on offense.

As the half wore on, Guatemala generated more of the possession and in the 37th minute, they generated their first good chance on net when midfielder Carlos Vigueroa drove in from the right side and fired a shot on net that Tim Howard was able to get his hands on. The rebound came out right in the middle of the six yard box where several Guatemalan players were in the area, but the ball was cleared away by Clarence Goodson. Just moments later on the counter attack, Fabian Johnson broke down the left side and found Dempsey at the top of the box who weaved his way through traffic before sliding it by Guatemalan keeper Ricardo Jerez.

Right before the half, Carlos Ruiz, the former MLS star nearly tied the game as he was able to sneak behind Clarence Goodson and put a shot on net that beat Howard but went wide of the goal.

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USA Vs. Guatemala Starting Lineups: Fabian Johnson To Start For US

The United States will take on Guatemala in Game Two of it’s semi-final World Cup qualifying group tonight in Guatemala City. The US won its opener against Antigua & Barbuda last Friday by a count of 3-1. Guatemala is coming off a 2-1 loss to Jamaica. The US has never lost to Guatemala in World Cup Qualifying.

The most notable entry in the starting line-up for the US is Fabian Johnson. The rising star at left back was injured two weeks ago and was considered questionable for tonight, but has been upgraded and will start and man the left back spot.

Starting Lineups:

United States

G- Tim Howard
D- Steve Cherundolo
D- Clarence Goodson
D- Carlos Bocanegra
D- Fabian Johnson
M- Maurice Edu
M- Michael Bradley
M- Jermaine Jones
M- Landon Donovan
F- Clint Dempsey
F- Hercules Gómez

Guatemala

G- Ricardo Jerez
D- Luis Rodriguez
D- Carlos Eduardo Gallardo
D- Elias Vásquez
D- Erwin Morales
M- Wilfred Velásquez
M- Jose Contreras
M- Carlos Vigueroa
F- Marvin Ávila
F- Mario Rodríguez
F- Carlos Ruiz

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USA Vs. Guatemala: TV Schedule, Time, Location And More

Coming off of a 3-1 win over Antigua & Barbuda in its World Cup Qualifying opener, the United States will take on Guatemala in another qualifying match at 10 p.m. EST on Tuesday night at Estadio Nacional Mateo Lores in Guatemala.

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