U.S. v. Guatemala
Even more promising for the U.S. was the play of Benny Feilhaber and Michael Bradley. The former, who plays his club ball at Hamburg in the Bundesliga, went the full 90 in the defensive midfield slot and was a cool presence in the center of the pitch. Bradley, who suits up for Herenveen in Holland, came on at halftime and helped spark a dominating second half by the Americans. The two youngsters (19 and 22 respectively) are the heirs apparent to recently retired playmaker Claudio Reyna. Hopefully we'll see more of them tonight.
Guatemala has never beaten the Americans on U.S. soil. Don't expect that to change. Folks will be gathering locally at the Sweetwater in St. Paul to watch the match. It's the bar inside the Best Western Kelly Inn (at Marion and 94), and will be showing the game in high def. Here's a map.