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After going 6-5-2 in exhibitions after Klinsmann replaced Bob Bradley as coach last July, the Americans played their first competitive match since blowing a two-goal lead and losing to Mexico 4-2 in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup last June 25.
Terrence Boyd, the 21-year-old son of an American serviceman and a German mother, entered in the 79th minute on a rainy night and now is tied to the United States in international competition.
Klinsmann started an offense-minded 4-3-3 formation, with Maurice Edu, Jermaine Jones and Bradley in the midfield, and Donovan, Dempsey and Gomez up front.
The U.S. failed to dominate possession in the lategoing and seemed to have heavy legs. Still the Americans outshot Antigua 19-7 and had a 14-2 advantage in corner kicks, including 9-0 in the first half.
While Antigua had few chances in the first half, Dexter Blackstock was in position to test Howard in the 38th minute only to have his shot blocked by center back Clarence Goodson. Antigua’s players grabbed the sides of his head in disbelief.
"We can play better," said Bocanegra, the U.S. captain. "It’s the first qualifier. We’re not peaking yet. We got the three points."
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