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Cameron Helps USA Power Past Guatemala


Attleboro’s Geoff Cameron was part of the scoring brigade in Tuesday’s World Cup Qualifier, helping the United States administer a 4-0 walloping of Guatemala at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Cameron, who was stationed at center back for Tuesday’s must-win match for the U.S., nodded through a Michael Bradley free kick in the 35th minute to give the U.S. some early breathing room after former Revolution midfielder Clint Dempsey opened the scoring in the 12th minute.

Less than 20 seconds into the second half, Graham Zusi capitalized on a Guatemalan giveaway in the box while Jozy Altidore came off the bench to cap the scoring in the 89th minute.

Tuesday’s win allowed the U.S. to avoid the prospect of elimination from World Cup Qualifying after losing the road leg of their series against Guatemala last Friday in Guatemala City. The road defeat marked the first time in 28 years that the U.S. suffered a loss against the Central American side during World Cup Qualifying.

Prior to the match, a plane above the pitch in Columbus flew a banner that called for the firing of U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

With three more points in its pocket, the U.S. moved to second place in Group 3 with seven points (2-1-1) as Trinidad & Tobago remained at the top following their win over Saint Vincent on Tuesday.

The U.S. will resume World Cup Qualifying in September at Saint Vincent, a game which Bradley will be forced to sit out after receiving a 72nd minute caution, his second of the Group stage.

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