USMNT vs. Antigua: 7 Bold Predictions for World Cup 2014 Qualifying Opener

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USMNT vs. Antigua: 7 Bold Predictions for World Cup 2014 Qualifying Opener
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The U.S. and Jurgen Klinsmann officially begin their World Cup qualifying campaign on Friday at 7 p.m. against CONCACAF opponents Antigua and Barbuda.

As far as my research can tell, this is the first time the two opponents have ever met (going back to 1972 when Antigua first began playing internationals.)

If I wasn't obsessed with Sporcle's "Countries of the World," I have to admit I wouldn't even know Antigua and Barbuda, but they're certainly no pushovers.

So while on the surface it looks like an easy win for the United States, as any USMNT fan can tell you, just when things look predictably easy and comfortable, they're suddenly not.

And following a disappointing 0-0 draw against Canada, American goal-scoring is not exactly flying as high as they were when Landon Donovan and company carved up Scotland, 5-1.

So, without further ado, here are some bold predictions for what might be the first step in another successful World Cup qualifying campaign.

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