U.S. Soccer Beats Guatemala
On the same night where the United States U-23 team failed to qualify for the upcoming 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. Man's National Team defeated Guatemala 4-0 to inch a little closer to clinching a berth in the next World Cup in 2018.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been under much scrutiny over his team's poor play recently, and they answered the call early and often. U.S. star Clint Dempsey, Geoff Cameron, Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore scored as the U.S. bounced back from Friday's loss to the same opponents in Guatemala City.
During the game, a banner flying over the stadium asked for Klinsmann's firing, only to be an afterthought when Demsey scored in the 12th minute on the team's first shot. Cameron added a header off a Michael Bradley free kick in the 35th minute to give the team some breathing room. Graham Zusi then scored only 18 seconds into the second half while Jozi Altidore came in as a substitute early in the second half and scored the team's last goal to cap off the night.
"I thought we showed a lot of heart," Dempsey said after the win. "We showed a lot of character by dealing with a pressure situation. We showed our pride. You've got to do that if want to make it to the World Cup. You've got to show that you want it, and we showed that we wanted it."
The U.S.' next qualifier is in September at Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.