TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 3: Landon Donovan #10 of USA controls the ball against Canada during their international friendly match on June 3, 2012 at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
The United States mens national soccer team will play their second World Cup 2014 qualifying match tonight at 10 p.m. eastern against Guatemala.
The United States mens national soccer team will play their second World Cup 2014 qualifying match tonight at 10 p.m. eastern against Guatemala. The game will take place at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City.
Where can you watch it? That's not an easy question to answer. Because the TV rights to World Cup qualifying matches are held by the host country, Guatemala controlled the rights to this match. They decided to sell both the English and Spanish language rights to a company that will only show the game in the US via pay-per-view. So you can buy the game on any cable or satellite system's pay per view or you purchase the stream on Ustream.tv.
You can watch the game at a number of area official US Soccer bars. In Philly, they'll be showing the game at Fado Irish Pub on Locust street, while in Delaware you can see the match at Buffalo Wild Wings in Newark, Middletown or Dover. Here's a full list of the bars and restaurants that will show the game.
The US is coming off an acceptable performance in a 3-1 win over Antigua & Barbuda, but will face a much stiffer test on the road in Guatemala. Not only will they face a far more organized team defensively, but one that will be desperate as well. Guatemala dropped their first match 2-1 away to Jamaica, so they'll be looking to make amends in Guatemala City, which is a notoriously tough place to play. The US has won just once in Guatemala in the last 20 years, that coming in 2008.
Tim Howard says that win over Guatemala in 2008 made the USMNT truly believe that they could qualify for the previous World Cup.
"It gives you so much confidence when you can win a game like that. You have to keep going away from home and when you start losing games away from home early on, it begins to creep into your mind. "How are we going to pull this out, how are we going to get points away from home?" When you can do it so early on it boosts the whole group and it can give you the confidence and bravado you need [for the rest of qualifying]."
Howard, who has played most of his career in the English Premier League and played in World Cups for the US, says that playing in Guatemala City still remains one of the most incredible sights of his career.
"I remember pulling up to the stadium and it being full. I had played in a lot of big games on certain teams, but I had never experienced that - where you get there two hours before kickoff and the entire stadium was full and singing. Actually, to be honest, I thought there was a game going on - like there might have been a game going on before us. But then you see the pitch was empty and it was our game they were ready for. It was incredible."
After tonight's game, the USMNT will be off until September when they travel to Jamaica. So they'll certainly be looking to end their summer on a high note. Although Jurgen Klinsmann or his team won't say they prior to the game, they'd likely take a draw and point from this match and be very happy about it.