U.S. opens qualifying with shaky win

Updated: June 9, 2012, 12:17 AM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- The United States is off to a successful, though far from perfect start in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey and Herculez Gomez scored and the Americans held off Antigua and Barbuda 3-1 Friday night in a match that wound up being a lot closer than the U.S. had hoped.

Antigua is ranked 105th in the FIFA rankings, 77 spots below the U.S.

"The guys know they can step it up and they will step it up," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann ...

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