The road to the 2014 World Cup has begun for the U.S men’s national soccer team.
On Friday, the U.S national team began their first of 16 world cup qualifier games. Their first came against Antigua and Barbuda in a victory at a rainy Raymond James Stadium.
The Americans secured the win against Antigua and Barbuda when Herculez Gomez made a goal in the 72nd minute to secure a 3-1 final score. Juergen Klinsmann leads the national team in the world cup qualifiers this time.
The U.S is a favorite heading into the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. They are favored to finish atop of their group according to the Washington Post.
Team USA’s next qualifier game comes on Tuesday against Guatemala.
Despite the win in their first qualifier team USA captain Carlos Bocanegra believes it wasn't the team’s best.
“It wasn't our best performance- everyone knows that,” said Bocanegra to the Washington Post. “But it’s the first game of qualifying and we’re not peaking right now, which is normal. The biggest thing was to get a win. We can’t take much from this game.”
Midfielder Michael Bradley says it’s going to be a long process, and there will be good and bad games along the way.
“You know going into this, it’s a long process,” said Bradley to the Washington Post. “It’s a long 16 games. You know there are going to be ups, there are going to be downs, good games, bad games, but the most important thing is the commitment to do whatever it takes to get results and to make sure at the end of it all, you’re in the World Cup.”