US advances in WCup qualifying, sets up busy ’13

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US advances in WCup qualifying, sets up busy '13U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann greets forward Eddie Johnson as he comes out of the game late in the second half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Guatemala in Kansas City, Kan., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. The United States won 3-1. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)(Credit: AP)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The primary objective for the United States on Tuesday night was to secure a victory over Guatemala, or at worst a draw, and squeak through to the next round of World Cup qualifying.

It wasn’t the only goal.

Jurgen Klinsmann revealed a much more ruthless motive in the 3-1 victory that allowed the U.S. to win Group A and advance to the six-team finals in North and Central America and the Caribbean: The second-year manager of the national team wanted to send a message to the rest of the world.

Klinsmann believes the emphatic victory will have the desired effect, giving the Americans plenty of momentum heading into a busy 2013 season.

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