With the latest news that the US will play its first home qualifier of the Hex at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, I decided to take a quick look at the last (and only other) World Cup qualifier to be held at that stadium.
The date was November 19, 2008 and the US had already clinched a spot in the Hex when they faced Guatemala in the last match of the CONCACAF third round. Bob Bradley trotted out the following starters:
Brad Guzan; John Thorrington, Clarence Goodson, Michael Parkhurst, Jonathan Bornstein; Freddy Adu, Pablo Mastroeni (capt.), Ricardo Clark, Sacha Kljestan; Kenny Cooper, Jozy Altidore
While the bench looked like this:
Davy Arnaud, Conor Casey, Brian Ching, Troy Perkins, Drew Moor, Cory Gibbs, Chris Rolfe
The US won by a 2-0 scoreline with Freddy Adu scoring first in the 54th minute and Kenny Cooper scoring the second goal in the 69th minute. Here are the US Soccer highlights of the match.