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,...
Facing a must-win situation in the quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the United States responded with a 4-0 victory over Guatemala on Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio.
Clint Dempsey, Geoff Cameron, Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore scored as the U.S. recovered from Friday's defeat to the same opponents in Guatemala City.
Despite a banner flying overhead calling for the U.S. to fire coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the Americans controlled the majority of the action.
The U.S. jumped into second place...