USMNT Suffers Disastrous 2-0 Loss in Guatemala City


by Deny Gallagher

Friday night was a disaster for the United States Men’s National Team, as Jurgen Klinsmann and company dropped their first World Cup Qualifier of 2016 to Guatemala by a score of 2-0.

Rafael Morales and Carlos Ruiz scored the goals for Guatemala, as the side continues their impressive run of form to win their third straight match.

As for the Americans, the visitors looked unorganized, uninspired, and unimpressive in one of their worst performances in recent memory.

If the U-23s got off to a dream start in the afternoon, then the Men’s National Team got off to a nightmare on Friday evening in Guatemala City. The hosts opened the scoring in the 7th minute when Rafael Morales headed home a corner over Mix Diskerud. The NYCFC man added one to his blooper as he seemingly fell to the ground in the opposite direction of the ball, and inadvertently deflected the opportunity past Tim Howard and into the back of the net.

In the lead up to this game, much has been made about the infamous 2000 World Cup Qualifier in Mazatenango, Guatemala. The lone goal scorer on that afternoon for the hosts was 20 year-old Carlos Ruiz.

Sixteen years later, the striker once again found the back of the net against the U.S. in a World Cup Qualifier. This time the Guatemalan captain got in behind the American defense and converted an easy one-on-one opportunity against Tim Howard to make it 2-0 after 15 minutes of play.

It didn’t get any better for the Americans the rest of the half. Play was unimaginative. Tactics were ineffectual. Most disappointing of all, the team lacked heart as they went into the halftime dressing room down 2-0.

The United States did better out of the half, but the story quickly became the incredible play of Guatemalan keeper Paulo Motta who continued to make big save after big to keep the U.S. off the score sheet. His herculean effort the rest of the night helped him keep the clean sheet.

After a passage of solid defending, Guatemala was almost rewarded with a third goal, but the effort kissed off the crossbar and out of danger.

Moments later, Klinmann used his last sub of the night to bring on Jozy Altidore in place for Omar Gonzaelz. This substitution came a few minutes after Gyasi Zardes came on for Michael Orozco. This left the United States with two defenders in front of Tim Howard.

At the end of a few minutes of stoppage time, the referee put the United States out of their misery, as Guatemala took the game and the three points by a score of 2-0.

From Klinsmann’s substitutions in the second half to the overall effort by the players, the whole night had a hint of desperation for the United States. With less than 70 days to Copa America, Jurgen Klinsmann must find answers rather than more questions, if he doesn’t want his seat to get any hotter.

As for the immediate future, the side must refocus and get set for a must-win World Cup Qualifier against Guatemala on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.

Scoring Summary: 1   2   F
USA                        0   0   0 
GUA                        2   0   2

GUA – Rafael Morales (Jean Marquez) 7th minute
GUA – Carlos Ruiz (Paulo Motta) 15

USA: 12-Tim Howard; 20-Geoff Cameron, 3-Omar Gonzalez (17-Jozy Altidore, 66), 14-Michael Orozco (9-Gyasi Zardes, 59), 23-Edgar Castillo; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 10-Mix Diskerud (16-Darlington Nagbe, 46), 11-Alejandro Bedoya; 8-Clint Dempsey, 7-Bobby Wood
Subs Not Used: 1-Brad Guzan; 5-Matt Besler, 6-Lee Nguyen, 13-Ethan Finlay, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 21-Steve Birnbaum, 22-William Yarbrough
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GUA: 12-Paulo Motta; 3-Cristian Jimenez, 4-Hamilton Lopez, 5-Moises Hernandez, 8-Jean Marquez, 9-Gerson Tinoco, 10-Jose Contreras (13-Carlos Castrillo, 71), 14-Rafael Morales, 18-Stefano Cincotta (16-Marco Pappa, 46), 20-Carlos Ruiz (17-Gerardo Arias, 89), 22-Rodrigo Saravia
Subs Not Used: 1-Ricardo Jerez, 2-Jonathan Winibacker Lopez, 6-Marco Rivas, 7-Luis Fernando Martinez, 11-Mafre Icute, 15-Luis Cardona 19-Kevin Arriola, 21-Jose Carlos Garcia, 23-Edi Guerra 
Head coach: Walter Claveri

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 8 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 18 / 14
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
GUA – Moises Hernandez (caution) 8th minute
GUA – Marco Pappa (caution) 78
USA – Michael Bradley (caution) 83

Referee: Jafeth Perea (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ronal Bruña (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Baines (PAN)
4th Official: Ariel Sánchez (PAN)

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  • The Don

    MLS is doing a marvelous job developing w I red class American talent. I deserve another raise.

    Sunil! Fetch me my drink! Let us celebrate the glory that is MLS!

    • The Don

      I mean WORLD CLASS!

      My thumbs have grown fat from the big meals I am eating thanks to the bucks shelled out by MLS supporters!

      • EPL Fan

        I love how American fans argue the merits of MLS v NASL & MLS Fans call NASL 2nd rate. Look at the crap MLS produces. It is a 3rd rate league. It produces the kind of players that lose to a Gautamalen side featuring an old, fat Carlos Ruiz. Any league that pays Mix Diskerud should be ashamed of itself.

        • Eric B

          MLS produced Carlos Ruiz.

    • Rafael

      During our last World Cup run we had 11 MLS players.

      Tell you what, why don’t I make you do a job you aren’t trained for or haven’t done since college and see how you do. The point? Jurgen is constantly putting players in positions they do not play. Cameron is a CB not a RB, Orosco is a RB not a CB. Mix, well I dont know what he does but he isn’t a defending midfield (Where is Dax?).

      Rather than blame the players, do some research and maybe you will see the real problem. or just troll.

      • yeah & during your last world cup run you got knocked out by a country the size of New Jersey! No doubt Klinsman is playing players out of position, but that doesn’t mean the players are any good. (HI, MIX!)

        • Eric B

          You mean the same country that is currently #1 in the world? I’ll repeat that for you…NUMBER ONE. Who cares if they’re the size of NJ? They’re actually really freakin good.

  • Tore

    20 years of MLS and still losing!!!!

    • I don’t see how anyone can knock Mix. After all, he plays for NYCFC, the greatest team in the world as proven by our attendance.

      In addition, did you see the way his hair flowed as he trotted up & down the field in his shorts? Hubba Hubba & Yowsa Yowsa! That is one handsome man!

      • USUX

        Mix is the opposing team’s secret weapon. Hair and all.

        • Smith

          Hopefully, Mix’s calamitous performance last night will bring an end to the weekly EoS piece about how Mix has “found his form.”

          Mix is just terrible. He is the Rula Lenska of MLS.

  • Rebel Fighter

    Mix Diskerud has a bright future for Head & Shoulder or Pantene commercials.

  • WSW

    Maybe it’s time for USMNT to scrap MLS players and use American NASL players.

    • Eric B

      Why? We started 3 EPL players, 3 LigaMX players, 3 MLS players, 1 from Ligue 1, and 1 from 2.Bundesliga. Looks like there’s plenty of leagues around the world to share the blame for our crap team.

      • Hydra Hamter

        So, that’s all the starting MLS players and two starting Liga MX players the blame for those two goals. The players that hold the most fault was Bradley and Mix for not getting the ball before the opposite player takes it.

        • Smith

          Bradley would be the most overrated player on the team if not for the inexplicable continued presence of Mr. Hair Care, Mix Diskerud.

          • Sunil

            So tired of hearing how much Bradley does on the field. All bad things involve a dumb play by Bradley. Either running up the field to make a very poor pass or over playing a defensive situation.
            Dont know where to begin with Mix.

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