U.S. team faces Guatemala in must-win World Cup qualifying matchup

Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi plays for the U.S. national teamAfter disappointing displays in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica last month, the U.S. men’s national soccer team finds itself in a must-win situation.

With the qualifying table tight between the United States, Guatemala and Jamaica, the USMNT looks to claim all six points from games this week and solidify its grip on a World Cup spot. The Americans face Antigua & Barbuda on Friday, then take on Guatemala in Kansas City on Tuesday.

Antigua & Barbuda vs USA – Friday, October 12 at 7p (beIN SPORT)
Guyana vs Mexico – Friday, October 12 at 9p (Telemundo)
USA vs Guatemala – Tuesday, October 16 at 7p (ESPN2 beginning at 6:30p, Galavision)
Mexico vs El Salvador – Tuesday, October 16 at 8:30p (Univision)

Landon Donovan, Brek Shea and Edgar Castillo are out due to injury. And, in a controversial move, coach Jurgen Klinsmann left striker Jozy Altidore off the lineup. Cue the wailing critics: “But he’s been so great for his Dutch club!” “He can outscore anyone in the Eredivisie!” Despite club success this year, Altidore’s record with the USMNT is spotty, at best. And one has to wonder how many chances a great player needs before he can give a performance that barely exceeds mediocre.

On the other hand, Michael Bradley’s return should have a positive impact. During his absence, Maurice Edu and Kyle Beckerman tried (and failed) to fill his role in the midfield. Perhaps if Beckerman lost the dreads, he’d be able to keep pace against quick teams like Jamaica. As it is, fans will be glad to see Bradley healthy and back on the pitch.

USMNT roster for October World Cup qualifiers

Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland)
Midfielders (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi – pictured (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards (4): Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

Soccer on TV this week –

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FRIDAY, OCT 12 — Antigua & Barbuda vs USA

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:00aScottish Premier LeagueCeltic vs. Heart of MidlothianFox Soccer PlusReplay
3:00aArgentine Primera DivisionCA River Plate vs. Godoy CruzGolTVReplay
6:00aItalian Serie AAC Milan vs. Inter MilanbeIN SPORTReplay
6:00aSpanish Primera DivisionAtletico Madrid vs. MalagabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
8:00aUEFA Champions LeagueFC Porto vs. Paris St-GermainFox Soccer PlusReplay
10:00aUEFA Europa LeaguePanathinaikos vs. Tottenham HotspurFox SoccerReplay
10:55a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierRussia vs. PortugalESPN2, ESPN DeportesLive
11:00aAustralian A-LeaguePerth Glory vs. Brisbane RoarFox Soccer PlusReplay
12:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierFaroe Islands vs. SwedenGolTVLive
12:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierPeru vs. ArgentinabeIN SPORTReplay
1:00pU-21 European Championship, QualifierEngland vs. SerbiaFox SoccerLive
1:55p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierBelarus vs SpainESPN DeportesLive
2:30pFIFA World Cup 2014 QualifierIreland vs. GermanyGolTVLive
2:30pSpanish Primera DivisionFC Barcelona vs. Real MadridbeIN SPORTReplay
3:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEngland vs. San MarinoFox SoccerLive
4:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierArmenia vs. ItalyESPN DeportesSame-day Tape
4:20p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierColombia vs. ParaguaybeIN SPORT EspanolLive
4:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierFaroe Islands vs. SwedenGolTVReplay
4:30pMLS 36Kyle BeckemanNBC Sports NetworkReplay
4:50p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEcuador vs. ChilebeIN SPORTLive
6:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierNetherlands vs. AndorraESPN DeportesSame-day Tape
6:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierBolivia vs. PerubeIN SPORT EspanolTaped
6:55p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierAntigua & Barbuda vs. United StatesbeIN SPORTLive
7:30pWE Live SoccerChicagoFox SoccerReplay
7:50p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierArgentina vs. UruguaybeIN SPORT EspanolLive
8:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEngland vs. San MarinoFox SoccerReplay
8:00pWE Live SoccerChicagoFox Soccer PlusReplay
9:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierGuyana vs. MexicoTelemundoLive
9:00pMexican Ascenso MXCorrecaminos vs. DoradosGolTVLive
9:55p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierGuatemala vs. JamaicabeIN SPORTLive
9:55p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierPanama vs. HondurasbeIN SPORT EspanolLive
11:00pU-21 European Championship, QualifierEngland vs. SerbiaFox SoccerReplay

 

SATURDAY, OCT 13

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:30a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierArgentina vs. UruguaybeIN SPORTReplay
1:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEl Salvador vs. Costa RicabeIN SPORT EspanolTaped
2:30aAustralian A-LeagueSydney vs. Newcastle JetsFox SoccerLive
2:30aMLS 36Kyle BeckemanNBC Sports NetworkReplay
2:30a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierAntigua & Barbuda vs. United StatesbeIN SPORTReplay
9:00aInternational RivalriesEngland vs. GermanyFox SoccerReplay
10:00aU-21 European Championship, QualifierEngland vs. SerbiaFox SoccerReplay
12:00pInternational RivalriesEngland vs. Argentina, Czech Republic vs. SlovakiaFox SoccerReplay
12:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierCzech Republic vs. MaltaESPN DeportesTaped
12:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierGuatemala vs. JamaicabeIN SPORTReplay
12:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierBolivia vs. PerubeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
2:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierTurquia vs. RumaniaESPN DeportesTaped
2:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierArgentina vs. UruguaybeIN SPORTReplay
2:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEl Salvador vs. Costa RicabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
4:00pUruguayan SoccerCerro Lago vs. PenarolGolTVLive
4:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierBulgaria vs. DenmarkESPN DeportesTaped
5:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEl Salvador vs. Costa RicabeIN SPORTReplay
5:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierGuatemala vs. JamaicabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
6:55pMexican Liga MXCruz Azul vs. QueretaroESPN DeportesLive
7:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierColombia vs. ParaguaybeIN SPORTReplay
8:00pMexican Liga MXLeon vs. Tigres U.A.N.L.TelefuturaLive
8:00pMexican Liga MXMonterrey vs. TolucaTelemundoLive
9:00pInternational RivalriesBrazil vs. ArgentinaFox SoccerReplay
9:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierBelarus vs. SpainESPN DeportesReplay
9:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierAntigua & Barbuda vs. United StatesbeIN SPORTReplay
9:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEcuador vs. ChilebeIN SPORT EspanolReplay

 

SUNDAY, OCT 14

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEl Salvador vs. Costa RicabeIN SPORTReplay
12:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierArgentina vs. UruguaybeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
2:00aSpanish Primera DivisionFC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid CFbeIN SPORTReplay
2:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierBolivia vs. PerubeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
3:00aUEFA Champions LeagueFC Zenit St. Petersburg vs. AC MilanFox SoccerReplay
4:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierPanama vs. HondurasbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
8:00aInternational RivalriesBrazil vs. ArgentinaFox SoccerReplay
9:00aAustralian A-LeagueSydney vs. Newcastle JetsFox SoccerReplay
10:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierHolanda vs. AndorraESPN DeportesReplay
12:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierAntigua & Barbuda vs. United StatesbeIN SPORTReplay
12:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierColombia vs. ParaguaybeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
1:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierBulgaria vs. DenmarkESPN DeportesReplay
1:00pMexican Ascenso MXNeza vs. La PiedadGolTVLive
1:00pMexican Liga MXPumas de la U.N.A.M. vs. PachucaUnivisionLive
2:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEl Salvador vs. Costa RicabeIN SPORTReplay
2:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEcuador vs. ChilebeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
3:00pBrazilian SoccerSantos vs. VascoGolTVLive
3:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierArmenia vs. ItaliaESPN DeportesReplay
3:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEngland vs. San MarinoFox SoccerReplay
5:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEcuador vs. ChilebeIN SPORTReplay
5:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierArgentina vs. UruguaybeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
7:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierArgentina vs. UruguaybeIN SPORTReplay
7:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierPanama vs. HondurasbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
9:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierRusia vs. PortugalESPN DeportesReplay
10:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierColombia vs. ParaguaybeIN SPORTReplay

 

MONDAY, OCT 15

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierGuatemala vs. JamaicabeIN SPORTReplay
12:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierColombia vs. ParaguaybeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
2:00aItalian Serie AAC Milan vs. Inter MilanbeIN SPORTReplay
2:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierGuatemala vs. JamaicabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
3:00aUEFA Champions LeagueFC Porto vs. Paris St-GermainFox SoccerReplay
4:00a2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier El Salvador vs. Costa RicabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
10:00aUEFA Champions LeagueCeltic vs. SL BenficaFox SoccerReplay
12:00pSpanish Primera DivisionFC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid CFbeIN SPORTReplay
12:30p2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier El Salvador vs. Costa RicabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
1:00pCollege SoccerSt. John’s at LouisvilleFox SoccerReplay
1:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierRusia vs. PortugalESPN DeportesReplay
2:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierGuatemala vs. JamaicabeIN SPORTReplay
2:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierGuatemala vs. JamaicabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
5:00pUEFA Champions LeagueFC Barcelona vs. Spartak MoscowFox SoccerReplay
5:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierColombia vs. ParaguaybeIN SPORTReplay
5:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEcuador vs. ChilebeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
7:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEl Salvador vs. Costa RicabeIN SPORTReplay
7:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierColombia vs. ParaguaybeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
8:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEngland vs. San MarinoFox SoccerReplay
9:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEcuador vs. ChilebeIN SPORTReplay
9:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierArgentina vs. UruguaybeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
11:00pUEFA Champions LeagueCFR Cluj vs. Manchester UnitedFox SoccerReplay
11:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierArgentina vs. UruguaybeIN SPORTReplay
11:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierAntigua y Barbuda vs. United StatesbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay

 

TUESDAY, OCT 16 — USA vs Guatemala

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
1:30a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierPanama vs. HondurasbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
2:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierAntigua & Barbuda vs. United StatesbeIN SPORTReplay
3:00aUEFA Champions LeagueFC Spartak Moscow vs. CelticFox SoccerReplay
4:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierBolivia vs. PerubeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
6:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEcuador vs. ChilebeIN SPORTReplay
8:30a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierColombia vs. ParaguaybeIN SPORTReplay
11:00aFootball RivalriesManchester United vs. Liverpool, Benifica vs. Sporting LisbonFox SoccerReplay
11:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierArgentina vs. UruguaybeIN SPORTReplay
11:30a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierAntigua y Barbuda vs. United StatesbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
12:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierUkraine vs. MontenegroGolTVLive
1:00pWomen’s College SoccerRice at MemphisFox SoccerReplay
1:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierAntigua & Barbuda vs. United StatesbeIN SPORTReplay
1:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierArgentina vs. UruguaybeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
2:45p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierAustria vs. KazakhstanGolTVLive
2:55p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierSpain vs. FranceESPN2Live
3:00pUEFA Champions LeagueManchester United vs. Galatasary A.S.Fox SoccerReplay
3:50p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierHonduras vs. CanadabeIN SPORT EspanolLive
3:55p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierBolivia vs. UruguaybeIN SPORTLive
5:00pUEFA Champions LeagueFC Bayern Munich vs. Valencia CFFox SoccerReplay
5:55p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierParaguay vs. PerubeIN SPORTLive
5:55p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierVenezuela vs. EcuadorbeIN SPORT EspanolLive
6:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierUnited States vs. GuatemalaESPN2Live
7:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierUnited States vs. GuatemalaTelefuturaLive
7:55p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierChile vs. ArgentinabeIN SPORTLive
8:00pUEFA Champions LeagueReal Madrid CF vs. Manchester CityFox SoccerReplay
8:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierMexico vs. El SalvadorUnivisionLive
10:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierHonduras vs. CanadabeIN SPORTSame-day Tape
10:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierBolivia vs. UruguaybeIN SPORT EspanolTaped
11:00pUEFA Champions LeagueSL Benfica vs. BarcelonaFox SoccerReplay

 

WEDNESDAY, OCT 17

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:20a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierCosta Rica vs. GuyanabeIN SPORT EspanolTaped
12:30a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierJamaica vs. Antigua and BarbudabeIN SPORTTaped
2:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierChile vs. ArgentinabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
3:00aUEFA Champions LeagueFC Zenit St. Petersburg vs. AC MilanFox SoccerReplay
3:30a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierChile vs. ArgentinabeIN SPORTReplay
4:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierHonduras vs. CanadabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
9:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierCosta Rica vs. GuyanabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
10:00aUEFA Champions LeagueMontpellier HSC vs. ArsenalFox SoccerReplay
11:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierHonduras vs. CanadabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
11:30a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierParaguay vs. PerubeIN SPORTReplay
1:00pUEFA Europa LeagueBSC Young Boys vs. LiverpoolFox SoccerReplay
1:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierBolivia vs. UruguaybeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
2:00pThe FA Classic CollectionManchester United vs. LiverpoolFox Soccer PlusReplay
3:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierEngland vs. San MarinoFox SoccerReplay
3:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierCuba vs. PanamabeIN SPORTReplay
5:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierParaguay vs. PerubeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
7:00pCollege SoccerLouisville at South FloridaESPNULive
8:00pUEFA Champions LeagueChelsea vs. JuventusFox SoccerReplay
8:00pThe FA Classic CollectionManchester United vs. LiverpoolFox Soccer PlusReplay
8:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierVenezuela vs. EcuadorbeIN SPORTTaped
8:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierJamaica vs. Antigua y BarbudabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
10:00pMLS SoccerReal Salt Lake at Seattle SoundersNBC Sports NetworkLive
10:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierChile vs. ArgentinabeIN SPORTReplay
10:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierVenezuela vs. EcuadorbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
11:00pUEFA Champions LeagueManchester City vs. Borussia DortmundFox SoccerReplay

 

THURSDAY, OCT 18

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:30a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierBolivia vs. UruguaybeIN SPORTReplay
12:30a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierChile vs. ArgentinabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
3:00aUEFA Champions LeagueValencia CF vs. LOSC Lille MetropoleFox SoccerReplay
4:00aCollege SoccerLouisville at South FloridaESPNUReplay
6:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierHonduras vs. CanadabeIN SPORTReplay
6:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierJamaica vs. Antigua y BarbudabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
8:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierCuba vs. PanamabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
10:00aUEFA Champions LeagueBorussia Dortmund vs. AFC AjaxFox SoccerReplay
10:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierChile vs. ArgentinabeIN SPORTReplay
10:00a2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierParaguay vs. PerubeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
12:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierBolivia vs. UruguaybeIN SPORTReplay
12:30p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierVenezuela vs. EcuadorbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
2:55pSpanish Copa del ReyLas Palmas vs. Racing SantanderbeIN SPORTLive
2:55pSpanish Copa del ReyLas Palmas vs. Racing SantanderbeIN SPORT EspanolLive
3:00pUEFA Champions LeagueAC Milan vs. RSC AnderlechtFox SoccerReplay
5:00pUEFA Europa LeagueTottenham Hotspur vs. SS LazioFox SoccerReplay
5:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierVenezuela vs. EcuadorbeIN SPORTReplay
5:00p2014 FIFA World Cup QualifierBolivia vs. UruguaybeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
7:00pWomen’s College SoccerOklahoma at West VirginiaFox SoccerLive
7:00pThe FA Classic CollectionManchester United vs. LiverpoolFox Soccer PlusReplay
9:00pSpanish Copa del ReyLas Palmas vs. Racing SantanderbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
10:00pSpanish Copa del ReyLas Palmas vs. Racing SantanderbeIN SPORTReplay
11:00pWomen’s College SoccerOklahoma at West VirginiaFox SoccerReplay

 
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