Guatemala 1-1 United States: As It Happened
World Cup Qualifying, Group A—Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala
Guatemala 1-1 United States
Goals: Dempsey (U.S.) 40', Pappa (Guatemala) 83'
Guatemala: Ricardo Jerez; Elias Vasquez, Erwin Morales, Luis Rodriguez, Carlos Gallardo; Wilfred Velasquez, Jose Manuel Contreras (Manuel Leon), Marvin Avila, Carlos Figueroa (Marco Pappa), Mario Rodriguez (Dwight Pezzarossi), Carlos Ruiz
United States: Tim Howard, Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson, Carlos Bocanegra, Fabian Johnson; Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones; Landon Donovan (Kyle Beckerman), Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez (Jozy Altidore)
The score resembles an evenly played game. Dempsey scored in the 40th minute, but Pappa netted the equalizer in the 83rd. Both sides had several opportunities and both keepers—Jerez and Howard—came up with clutch saves. Stay tuned for plenty of reaction here at Bleacher Report.
That's it. The final whistle blows. It's a 1-1 draw, with both teams earning a point.
Less than a minute to go and Kyle Beckerman, a captain for Real Salt Lake, replaces Landon Donovan.
Both sides appear to be holding on, almost content with the current outcome.
90th minute with three minutes of stoppage time to be added. Was thinking there would be at least four or five...
Another effective run by Donovan down the left side. He gets by his defender, squares a cross and the defender intercepts the ball with a clearing header. Time is ticking, but the chances are still coming for both sides.
A great game here, folks. In the 86th minute we are all square 1-1 after a masterpiece of a free kick by Pappa. The sub of the match, easy.
The Americans are quick to encounter their own chance inside the box. Edu, a little too enthusiastic, kicks the volley a mile over the crossbar. Where is the placement?
GOAL on a fantastic strike by Pappa! Not surprised, either, to see him with the equalizer. He literally freezes Howard with a rocket into the net.
Guatemala head to goal. Ruiz with a splendid fake on Johnson and is taken down near the box. Free kick.
And the shot is a lazy one. Jones lifts the ball up and into the night sky.
Whoa! The ref blows a premature whistle on a foul outside the box. U.S. now has a direct kick, but would have had a breakaway on the through ball to Altidore had they been given advantage.
We're into the 76th minute and the U.S. are holding tightly to their 1-0 lead. Guatemala are a different team in this second half but can't get anything by Howard's superhero saves.
Too much dribbling for Jones—pass the ball, dude—and Guatemala takes it away. The defense on both sides has stiffened up here. Will we see any more goals?
Momentum is slowly sliding to the Guatemala side. And the singing, dancing crowd is evidence. They're loud again and the players are responding.
Pappa with some fancy footwork and some step overs, but the pass leaves a lot to be desired. Bocanegra steals it and heads the other way.
Like I said before, Pappa has been the difference in this second half. He's been a threat to score and really distributing the ball well to his teammates.
Howard comes up with a HUGE save in front of the goal. It's a diving, reaching, fingertip save to preserve the 1-0 lead. The rebound goes right to the feet of Ruiz who balloons the shot well over the goal. All he had to do was place it in the goal, but he reeled back and blasted it way too hard.
Americans have returned to that front door and are knocking for another one.
Donovan with a blazing run down the left side—classic Donovan—and the cross is cleared. Great run.
The cards are joining the party. Maurice Edu given a yellow for a late, after-the-whistle challenge. Not the greatest of calls, but it's been an overall physical battle on the pitch.
Jerez a little shaken up back there in goal. Gets the magic treatment and is now ready to go. Play resumes.
SUBSTITUTION for the U.S. Jozy Altidore is replacing Hercules Gomez, who has been quiet tonight.
Marco Pappa is in for Guatemala. He's been a real sparkplug since entering the game. It's a wonder why he wasn't in the starting lineup for this otherwise impotent offense.
Dempsey again taken to the turf. A familiar place for him tonight.
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