Oct 16, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT
Richard Farley / United States, 2-0
There’s a stock prediction I rollout when Klinsmann’s U.S. faces a team with inferior talent: ‘close score that understates the degree to which the States controlled the match.’ Last break’s home match against Jamaica fit that bill, and while we’re likely to see a much more intense affair at Livestrong, the description will still apply.
Fueled by memories of Guatemala City (and St. John’s), the U.S. wins 2-0 after a straight-forward (if spirited) contest.
Steve Davis / United States, 2-0
Moments of worry will only occasionally interrupt long stretches of U.S. delight. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann will favor just one holding midfielder, with Michael Bradley and perhaps Sacha Kljestan playing in higher central roles. Steve Cherundolo will have more or less free roam up the right flank. It will all add up to plenty of U.S. chances, although the final product will remain difficult against a tightly packed Guatemalan defense.
In the end, the United States’ 2-0 win will be more comfortable than the final outcome indicates.
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