Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey and Herculez Gomez each found the back of the net as the U.S. men’s national team beat Antigua & Barbuda, 3-1, in a FIFA World Cup qualifier Friday in Tampa, Fla.
A win? Sure. But just that against team No. 105 in FIFA’s world rankings.
That was the biggest mismatch the U.S. will likely see in qualifying, and that it was a one-goal game in the 65th minute after a goal by A&B’s Peter Byers is a bit troubling. But give credit to the visitors; they played hard and made things difficult.
Jose Torres left the game with an ankle injury and reporters on the scene quoted coach Jurgen Klinsmann as saying it doesn’t look good. Torres was filling in at left back for the injured Fabian Johnson and Edgar Castillo. Immediately afterward, Bocanegra shifted to left back and Oguchi Onyewu came on to play center back and was quickly burned by Byers for the goal.
Some other scores from CONCACAF qualifying: Jamaica 2-1 Guatemala (Group A), Mexico 3-1 Guyana (Group B), Costa Rica 2-2 El Salvador (Group B), Cuba 0-1 Canada (Group C), Honduras 0-2 Panama (Group C).
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