U.S. escapes with a historic win against Guatemala

August 21, 2008
By Ives Galarcep, Special to ESPNsoccernet
GUATEMALA CITY -- It wasn't pretty, but World Cup qualifiers in Central America never are.

The U.S. men's national team faced an inspired Guatemala team that pressed and attacked and looked every bit a team capable of knocking them off, but one vicious elbow changed the momentum of the match, as the U.S. would go on to win 1-0 on a Carlos Bocanegra goal in the 69th minute.

When Steve Cherundolo was sent off after a second yellow card in the 60th minute, the U.S. team suddenly ...

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