- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

Tim Howard made his first appearance in goal in two months when the United States played at Guatemala in a World Cup qualifier Friday night, and Clint Dempsey returned to the lineup for the first time since October.

Howard, the starter for the U.S. at the last two World Cups, lost his starting job at Everton and had not played in any matches since Jan. 24. The 37-year-old agreed last weekend to transfer to Colorado in July.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann has said he will alternate Howard with Brad Guzan, who seems likely to start Tuesday’s qualifier against Guatemala at Columbus, Ohio.

Dempsey, the former U.S. captain, started at forward along with Bobby Wood in the game at Guatemala City.

Defender John Brooks returned to Germany on Friday because of a bruised left knee; defender Matt Besler didn’t dress because of a concussion sustained in training Thursday and is uncertain for Tuesday; Fabian Johnson, who has a groin injury, didn’t dress.

Jozy Altidore, who returned from a hamstring injury to enter as a second-half substitute for Toronto last weekend, was on the bench.

Geoff Cameron was at right back, with Omar Gonzalez and Michael Orozco in the center and Edgar Castillo on the left. Captain Michael Bradley was in central midfield with Mix Diskerud, with DeAndre Yedlin on the right flank and Alejandro Bedoya on the left.

The U.S. (1-0-1) can clinch advancement to the six-nation regional finals by sweeping the two matches against Guatemala (1-1). Earlier Friday, Trinidad and Tobago (2-0-1) rallied for a 3-2 win at St. Vincent and the Grenadines (0-3).

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