TAMPA, FL - JUNE 08: Forward Clint Dempsey #8 of Team USA advances the ball against Team Antigua and Barbuda during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Match at Raymond James Stadium on June 8, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

World Cup 2014 Qualifying, USA Vs. Antigua and Barbuda: US Wins 3-1 In Ugly Rain-Soaked Match

The USMNT started World Cup Qualifying on Friday night in Tampa with an ugly two-goal win over Antigua and Barbuda.

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USA Vs. Antigua and Barbuda, World Cup 2014 Qualifying Score: USMNT Wins 3-1 In Ugly Fashion

The US Men's National Team captured a full three points in World Cup Qualifying on Friday night at Raymond James Stadium, defeating Antigua and Barbuda 3-1. Antigua unexpectedly got on the board in the 65th minute when Peter Byers buried a goal to cut the lead in half. It was an ugly lapse by the US that momentarily gave their overmatched opponent hope.

The US added their third goal of the night on a strike by Herculez Gomez, who pounced on a loose ball in the box and took it in to make it 3-0 at the time. Gomez has had a solid camp and spring, earning a starting spot for Jurgen Klinsmann and he was active again in the first Cup qualifier for USMNT.

Despite the 3-1 win, it was not a pretty showing for the US. None of the three goals came in open play, and Antigua challenged Tim Howard several times over the final 20 minutes, thanks to some sloppy play by the US.

The US has little time to gather themselves, as they now travel to Guatemala for their second qualifier on Tuesday night.

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USA Vs. Antigua and Barbuda 2012: Clint Dempsey Buries Penalty Kick For 2-0 Lead

In their first qualifying match this summer on the road to the World Cup in 2014, the US Men's National Team jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Antigua and Barbuda in the first 45 minutes of play at Raymond James Stadium. The US took an early lead on a rain-soaked pitch, winning a corner which Landon Donovan delivered to Hercules Gomez. The Antigua goaltender made a nice save but could not hold on to the ball, and an unmarked Bocanegra was there to hammer it home.

The US kept up the pressure throughout the half but could not make it a two-goal game until just before the half. A couple near-misses by Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey nearly pushed it to 2-0. But the US would convert on a penalty kick, set up when Donovan was taken down in the box on a poor challenge. Dempsey took the PK and buried it for the 2-0 lead.

The US will undoubtedly get the three points towards qualifying but they have not been particularly sharp thus far, specifically in open play.

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U.S. Vs. Antigua And Barbuda, World Cup Qualifying 2014: Clint Dempsey In Starting Lineup

With the United States beginning another leg of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Tampa Bay Friday night against Antigua and Barbuda. The U.S. is putting out a full squad with their starting lineup, as Clint Dempsey will get the start.

Here are the lineups for the game:

Goalkeeper: Tim Howard

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson

Midfielders: Jose Torres, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones

Forwards: Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez

The game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN.

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USA Vs. Antigua and Barbuda, World Cup 2014 Qualifying: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The first game of the penultimate leg of World Cup Qualifying for 2014 begins on Friday night from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay. There the United States hopes to start their qualifying off strong against Antigua and Barbuda.

The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start time and will be broadcast on ESPN with a live stream of the game begin broadcast on ESPN3.com. This is the first time in US Soccer history that they will play Antigua and Barbuda in international competition.

Left backs for the United States, Edgar Castillo and Fabian Johnson, are likely to miss Friday's game. Castillo, who started for Johnson on Sunday in their draw against Canada when Johnson was hurt in warmups, injured either his hamstring or a groin in training on Thursday and will most likely be held out of Friday's game.

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USA Vs. Antigua and Barbuda, World Cup 2014 Qualifying: Road To Brazil Begins In Tampa

The United States starts its next leg of World Cup qualifying on Friday night in Tampa Bay. Can the United States start this leg with a win?

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