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UNITED STATES 0, GUATEMALA 0

US lacks zip, settles for tie

The United States didn't need a win last night, and it showed.

The Americans started sloppy and let easy chances slip away late in a 0-0 tie against Guatemala in a World Cup qualifier in Guatemala City.

The United States (6-1-1-1) clinched its fifth straight World Cup berth with a win over Mexico Saturday at Columbus, Ohio, allowing coach Bruce Arena to excuse most of his regular starters from the trip.

Arena changed all 11 starters in the game. Seven Americans made their first start in a World Cup qualifier, including four who played in one for the first time.

Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, competing for a backup job behind Kasey Keller, made several leaping saves to deny Guatemala in his first qualifier appearance.

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