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Klinsmann resorts to pragmatism; U.S. responds with 4-0 win vs. Guatemala

The USMNT left no doubt over the result against Guatemala in Columbus, dominating the visitors with an emphatic 4-0 win.
USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann spoke after his team's 4-0 victory over Guatemala.
ESPN FC's Brian McBride praises Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Geoff Cameron for their fine display against Guatemala.
USMNT midfielder Michael Bradley spoke about his team's experience and commitment after their 4-0 drubbing of Guatemala.
United States forward Clint Dempsey wastes no time netting his side's first chance on goal against Guatemala.
U.S. defender Geoff Cameron loses his marker and heads home the USMNT's second goal against Guatemala.
United States midfielder Graham Zusi gives his side a commanding three-goal advantage seconds into the second half.
U.S. forward Jozy Altidore caps off the rout of Guatemala with his side's fourth goal.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Three quick thoughts after the U.S. trounced Guatemala 4-0 in its high-stakes World Cup qualifier Tuesday at MAPFRE Stadium. First-half goals by Clint Dempsey and Geoff Cameron paced the Americans, and Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore added strikes in the second half:

1. Dempsey's opener sets the tone

In this must-win game, the most important in recent memory for the United States, Dempsey's 12th-minute strike went a long way toward settling the Americans' nerves. Make no mistake,...