Remember how Friday's game was on beIN Sport, a channel only available on DirecTV and Dish Network (at least in English)? You probably do, and unless you are a customer of one of those two satellite networks, you were probably not very pleased about it.
Unlike the Antigua and Barbuda game, you will not have to go to the bar or the house of a buddy with a dish to watch the United States take on Guatemala on Tuesday night. For home games, U.S. Soccer controls TV rights, and they generally sell them to the Worldwide Leader. You can catch this one on ESPN2 on all providers.
The U.S. enters the match needing a draw to guarantee qualification for the Hex. If the USMNT and Guatemala draw, both of them go through, while Jamaica is left out. If the United States wins, Jamaica can claim second place in the hex by doing the following, per the Wikipedia machine:
Jamaica will advance to the next round if:
- they beat Antigua and Barbuda, AND
- United States and Guatemala do not draw, AND
- the combined goal difference of the two matches is at least 4, OR
- the combined goal difference of the two matches is 3, and Jamaica outscore United States/Guatemala loser by at least 4 goals.
Guatemala might go negative in this match, considering their lack of depth at the back and the fact that they only need to hold onto their superior goal differential to qualify. Three of Guatemala's defenders are suffering from injuries presently.
Even if you get ESPN2, if you want an experience rather than just a place to watch the game, we encourage you to check out your local American Outlaws bar.
United States vs. Guatemala
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, October 16, 7:15 p.m. ET
Venue: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas
Streaming: Watch ESPN