WATCH: Clint Dempsey puts USMNT 1-0 up on Guatemala

There was little doubt that the United States men’s national team needed a win in its return leg against Guatemala in World Cup qualifying. Getting out to an early start was an important part of the equation for the USMNT.

Leave it to the legendary poacher, Clint Dempsey, to get the script exactly right too.

As Gyasi Zardes was marked by two men, Dempsey made a secondary run and buried the missed ball in the back of the Guatemalan net for a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute.

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