Parkhurst Starts and Helps U.S.A. Defeat Guatemala 3-1
Oct. 17, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Former Demon Deacon Michael Parkhurst started for the U.S. men's national team against Guatemala on Tuesday night at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, helping the Americans win 3-1 and advance to the final round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Parkhurst now has 15 caps for the U.S. national team and has made three starts as a defender.
Guatemala went on top 1-0 in the fifth minute, but Carlos Bocanegra scored in the 10th minute and Clint Dempsey scored in the 18th minute and in the 36th minute to help team U.S.A. come out on top.
The win for the Americans gave them the top spot in Group A with 13 points after going 4-1-1 in the third round of qualifying. Jamaica and Guatemala both had 10 points in Group A, but the Jamaicans advanced based on goal differential.
U.S.A. and Jamaica will be joined by Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and Panama in the Hexagonal. The top three teams will qualify directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth-place team will play a home-and-away series against the winner of Oceania. The schedule for the Hex will be decided on Thursday.
Parkhurst will now rejoin FC Nordsjaelland and continue in the UEFA Champions League on October 23 when the team takes on Juventus.