June 8, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; USA forward Landon Donovan (10) reacts after nearly scoring a goal against Antigua & Barbuda during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. USA defeated Antigua & Barbuda 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE
So far, so good for the US Men's National team. They took the first win out of their World Cup Qualifier games when they beat down Antigua & Barbuda 3-1, and will play one more of them before MLS play resumes against Guatemala.
This will be a bit more of a test than Antigua was for the squad not only because it's against a superior team but because the game won't be played in front of the home USA fans like most of their games previous have been. It's going to be interesting to see how Jurgen Klinnsman tinkers with the defensive side of things a bit injured and Jose Torres possibly injured.
This shouldn't be a game to bite your nails over, the US is 6-0-2 in their last eight games against Guatemala and they have a superior offense that is figuring out how to get their shot count up, even if the finishing always isn't completely there. Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Herculez Gomez should be able to find their way to the back of the net in this game, the big question will be how the back line holds up.
This is a new style US team that is trying to avoid the frightening WCQ adventure of the last cycle, so we'll have to see if Klinnsman's kids are up to it.