Team USA soccer is ramping up for their last match of the semifinal qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, and it comes against Guatemala on Tuesday night.
The United States just needs a draw against the Chapines to secure a berth in the final round of qualifying. It shouldn’t be difficult, as the Yanks are 12-4-5 vs. their opponent—a team they are in the midst of an eight-game winning streak against.
Factor in that Guatemala has never once won on American soil, and it’s hard to see how the US of A could get beaten here.
However, crazier things have happened, so let’s take a look at this upcoming matchup, where you can watch it, a website to live stream from and some players to watch.
Where: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Watch: ESPN, Telefutura
Live Stream: ESPN3
Team USA Player to Watch: Tim Howard
The No. 1 goalie for the Americans is regarded as one of the top players at his position in all of world football.
However, at the age of 33, some are wondering if Howard still has what it takes to remain a top-flight keeper for the US.
A clean sheet against Guatemala in a must-win situation would do much to alleviate any stateside doubts.
Guatemala Player to Watch: Carlos Ruiz
Ruiz most recently scored an 85th-minute goal to lead his country to a 2-1 victory over Jamaica, tying them atop the Group A fixtures and allowing for a draw to advance both teams in this impending matchup.
That doesn’t mean Ruiz will not be trying his hardest to score, as a win against the U.S. would be especially sweet on American soil.
How does this match end?
Prediction: USA 1 – Guatemala 0
This will be a close, defensive-minded game that the U.S. will break open with a late goal.
They will then go into a shell and secure their finals berth in World Cup qualifying.