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The After Bar - USMNT vs. Antigua and Barbuda

A shaky win is still a win. The U.S. national team opened their World Cup Qualifying campaign with a 3-1 win over CONCACAF upstarts, Antigua and Barbuda, in soggy Tampa, Florida. Carlos Bocanegra tied the all-time scoring mark (15 with Marcelo Balboa) for defenders with the Nats first goal, a "racoon job" at the back post. Clint Dempsey put away a penalty kick after Landon Donovan was hacked down in the box and Herculez Gomez chalked up another tally in the second half.

Antigua and Barbuda snagged on back after Oguchi Onyewu entered the match and was quickly left behind. Onyewu's been a fixture in the USMNT lineup for sometime, but is now more like a store fixture in defense.

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Video Highlights:

Game analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

- Avi Creditor: "Three Post-Game Thoughts" (Sports Illustrated)

- Steve Davis: "Five Points to Ponder" (NBC Sports Network)

- Matthew Doyle "Three Things We Learned" (MLS Soccer)

- The Shin Guardian: "Winning Ugly"

Player Ratings/Grades:

- Brent Lathem: "Grading the U.S. in World Cup Qualifying" (ESPN)

- Greg Seltzer: "Yanks Underwhelm in WCQ Opener" (MLS Soccer)

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