AT HALF: Cameron, Bradley, Dempsey starring as USMNT leads 2-0

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Through 45 minutes, the United States men’s national team looks like a real, bonafide soccer team again, and the guys who are supposed to get it done are doing just that.

Clint Dempsey scored early off a play keyed by Geoff Cameron and Gyasi Zardes, and Cameron turned scorer off a Michael Bradley free kick as the USMNT built a 2-0 lead in a must-have CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match against Guatemala.

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The Yanks needed an early goal to feel good, and the former captain took care of that after 11 minutes.

Geoff Cameron played a long ball into the 18 and two Guatemalan defenders were sucked into covering a streaking Gyasi Zardes. The ball hit Zardes’ shoulder and dropped into the path of Dempsey, who buried his shot past Paulo Motta. 1-0.

It was Dempsey’s 14th goal of World Cup qualifying, moving him past Landon Donovan for the most in USMNT history.

Guatemala got its first shot on goal, not a troubling one, in the 34th minute. It wasn’t a sign of things to come, as Bradley sent a gorgeous free kick into the 18 where Cameron nodded the ball past Motta.

It’s a good thing the score was 2-0 when Bobby Wood missed an absolute sitter just before halftime. The Hawaii-born striker burst past the Guatemala line to bring a chance down, beat the keeper but missed his shot in comical fashion (Not comical for Wood, mind you).