Reported on: June 09, 2012 10:49 AM
Reported in: Sports
TAMPA, Florida, June 09 (AP/UNB) - Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey and Herculez Gomez scored as the United States opened World Cup qualifying with a somewhat shaky 3-1 victory over Antigua and Barbuda on Friday.
Bocanegra put the Americans ahead in the eighth minute, tapping the ball into the net after goalkeeper Molvin James made a diving save of Gomez's header off Landon Donovan's corner kick.
Dempsey's goal came from a penalty kick in the 44th minute after Marvin McCoy upended Donovan.
Peter Byers scored in the 65th minute for 105th-ranked Antigua, a nation of 86,000 that could almost fit its entire population in Raymond James Stadium.
Gomez restored a two-goal lead in the 72th with an effort off a rebound.