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Klinsmann wary of 'physical' Guatemala

Created on 16 Oct., 2012 10:08 AM GMT

USA head coach Juergen Klinsmann insists his side will be fully focused when they face Guatemala in their World Cup qualifier in Kansas City.

Both sides only need a draw to advance to the final round of CONCACAF's World Cup qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014.

But a loss for either team will open the door for Jamaica to snatch one of Group A's two berths in the next round and Klinsmann maintains the USA will not be complacent.

"The team is ready and very aware of the situation that we need to get the game done and qualify for the next round," Klinsmann said.

"We are excited about the prospect of a full house, a sold out stadium and we are ready for it."

Guatemala knocked off Jamaica 2-1 in their qualifier on Friday to join the USA at the top of Group A, while Klinsmann's side needed a 90th-minute goal from Eddie Johnson to win 2-1 away to Antigua and Barbuda.

The 48-year-old German head coach expects Guatemala to do everything they can to keep their World Cup dreams alive.

"We expect that it could be a very defensive match but it could be they come out with a little bit more offensive plans," Klinsmann said.

"No matter how Guatemala build their team they will be very physical and will run and fight for every ball.

"It is the game of their lives really and the way they played Jamaica, in the first 20 minutes they ran after everything on the field so we are prepared for that."