Dempsey wants USA to win on the road
By Football News
Clint Dempsey has warned his USA team-mates they must find a way to get results away from home if they are to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
The USA defeated Guatemala 3-1 on Tuesday to go through to the final stage of CONCACAF's World Cup qualifying but had to fight back after conceding in the fifth minute.
While Dempsey and his team-mates eventually claimed victory in Kansas City, the Tottenham attacking midfielder claimed afterwards that the USA's away form will be crucial if they are to secure one of the three automatic qualification berths to the World Cup in Brazil.
"It's about getting results away from home," Dempsey said.
"Figuring out a better way of travelling and not being so tired, and taking the game to our opponents, not conceding the goals that we concede.
"That's hopefully something we can work on."
The USA had a win, a draw and a loss away from home during the third round of CONCACAF qualifying and head coach Juergen Klinsmann believes his team need to be more confident.
Klinsmann argued a win in the opening game of the final qualification round would set the USA up perfectly.
"We need to settle matches early and be sharp from the very first second to prevent situations like here where Guatemala opened the scoring," Klinsmann said.
"But I think we will get there.
"I think that, if we have all of our players available, then we have a very good team and we need to start off in February with three points right away."
Having gone behind after just five minutes, Carlos Bocanegra put the USA level in the 10th minute and the home team finished Guatemala off when Dempsey, who set up the first goal, added two more before half-time.
"We just bounced back," Dempsey said.
"We had a good set-piece (for the first goal), I got a head on it and Carlos had made a good run and was able to score.
"I was then able to get on the end of an Eddie Johnson cross (for the second goal) and Michael (Bradley) did a good job of chipping the ball over the goalkeeper (to set up the third).
"I didn't know if it was going to go in or not, so I tapped it in for security."