An unconvincing win for the U.S. 

October, 12, 2012

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- Although the Americans got the win they needed, beating Antigua and Barbuda 2-1 on Eddie Johnson's stoppage time header here Friday -- a victory that secured three valuable points and reduced the pressure considerably ahead of what would have been a World Cup-or-bust meeting with Guatemala in Kansas City on Tuesday -- there's no way to sugarcoat the fact that this game was a little too close for comfort for the Yanks.

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Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.