The United States in Guatemala City to play the Guatemalan national team tonight with a great opportunity to take a major step in World Cup Qualifying. They are currently first in their group and a victory over Guatemala tonight will go a very long way to making the Hexagonal round.
The Goal for the USMNT: Get a road result (preferably a win)
What to Watch For
1) The GK Battle: This one starts and ends with who is in goal. There are four options on this team, but it really comes down to just two: Tim Howard and Brad Guzan. Neither keeper is in spectacular form as Howard has been benched at Everton and Guzan plays for Aston Villa. I have to think Howard gets the start here, and there seems to be some agreement with that:
Nothing 100%, but getting a real sense that Tim Howard is starting in goal tomorrow vs Guatemala.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) March 24, 2016
2) A Fresh Start: It's been well documented that 2015 was a bad year for the USMNT, but they have a real opportunity to take a major step in erasing those memories. Win tonight and on Tuesday and you can pretty much count on them making the Hex. But they have to be willing and able to take that step. Can they?
GOALKEEPERS: David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), Tim Howard (Everton FC/ENG), William Yarbrough (Club Leon/MEX)
DEFENDERS: Ventura Alvarado (Club America/MEX), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), Edgar Castillo (Monterrey/MEX), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/MEX), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland/ENG)
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes FC/FRA), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach/GER), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: 25 March 2016 at 8:00 PM MDT
Venue: Estadio Mateo Flores--Guatemala City, Guatemala
TV Information: beIn Sports and NBC Universo