U.S. advance to final round of World Cup qualifying with win over Guatemala

16 October 5:10 pm

U.S. advance to final round of World Cup qualifying with win over Guatemala

The United States National Team is just one round away from a trip to the 2014 World Cup. 

The U.S. defeated Guatemala 3-1 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City on Tuesday with a pair of goals from Clint Dempsey and one from Carlos Bocanegra to qualify for the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. The U.S. will be joined in the Hexagonal by Mexico, Panama, Honduras, Jamaica and either Costa Rica or El Salvador. The top three teams will advance to the 2014 World Cup while the fourth place team will face the champion from Oceania for a berth in the tournament. 

As the U.S. turn their focus to the Hexagonal, which begins in 2013, LA Galaxy captain Landon Donovan -- who was forced to withdraw from WCQ duty this time due to a bone bruise -- is a near certainty to play heavy minutes for the Americans as they look to earn their ticket to Brazil. However, Donovan isn't the only Galaxy player on the radar of U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's radar as defender Omar Gonzalez was on the team's provisional roster for the October qualifiers while defenders Sean Franklin and Todd Dunivant as well as forward Edson Buddle have also been candidates for a spot in the U.S. set up. 

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