The U.S. will open its 2014 World Cup bid on June 16 against Ghana in Group G, followed by matches against Portugal and Germany. Here's a look at each of the U.S.'s qualifying matches, beginning with the June 8, 2012, game against Antigua and Barbuda. Midfielder Jermaine Jones battles for possession with midfielder Lawson Robinson in a match that the U.S ended up winning 3-1 in Tampa, Fla.
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Elias Vasquez of Guatemala and Maurice Edu of the U.S. fight for the ball. The teams drew 1-1 in Guatemala City, on June 12, 2012.
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Clint Dempsey jockeys with Jamaican players in a game which he scored the USA's lone goal in a disappointing 2-1 loss on Sept. 7, 2012, in Kingston, Jamaica.
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An acrobatic kick by Clint Dempsey over Jamaica's Arian Mariappa was one of the memorable plays in a 1-0 bounce-back victory in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 11, 2012.
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Eddie Johnson (18) celebrates a goal against host Antigua and Barbuda on Oct. 12, 2012. Johnson scored both U.S. goals, including the stoppage-time winner.
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Guatemala defender Jonathan Lopez (23) and U.S. midfielder Joe Corona vie for the ball on Oct. 16, 2012, in Kansas City. The U.S. won 3-1 with two goals from Clint Dempsey and moved on to the CONCACAF Hexagonal -- the six-team, final round of qualifying.
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Juan Carlos Garcia of Honduras (falling), hits a remarkable bicycle kick past U.S. defender Geoff Cameron. The U.S. dropped its Hexagonal opener 2-1 on Feb. 6, 2013, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
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Fighting the elements in a game that will forever be known as the SnowClasico, Geoff Cameron of the U.S. and Costa Rica's Bryan Oviedo wrangle for the ball. The U.S. won 1-0 on March 22, 2013, in Commerce City, Colo., thanks to another big goal from Clint Dempsey.
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Mexico's Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez (right) tangles with Herculez Gomez of the U.S. on March 26, 2013, in Mexico City. The teams drew 0-0 at Estadio Azteca, marking just the second qualifying point the U.S. had ever earned at the vaunted Mexico City cauldron.
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Garath McCleary of Jamaica and Brad Evans of the U.S. elevate for the ball. Evans would score the winning goal in a 2-1 victory on June 7, 2013, in Kingston, Jamaica.
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Clint Dempsey gets tripped up by Amilcar Henriquez of Panama in Seattle on June 11, 2013. The U.S. won 2-0 off goals by Jozy Altidore and Eddie Johnson.
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Jozy Altidore rises over Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares (18) and defender Jose Velasquez (5) on a corner. Altidore would score in the 73rd minute for a 1-0 U.S. win, June 18, 2013, in Sandy, Utah.
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Jozy Altidore and Giancarlo Gonzalez of Costa Rica leap for a header. The U.S. took a tough 3-1 loss on Sept. 6, 2013, in San Jose, Costa Rica.
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Eddie Johnson heads the ball past Diego Reyes of Mexico for the game-winning goal in the 49th-minute. Landon Donovan scored as well, as the U.S. won 2-0 (or as it has become customarily known: <italics>dos-a-cero</italics>) on Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio, clinching qualification for the 2014 World Cup later that night via Honduras' 2-2 draw with Panama. Johnson was recently left off Jurgen Klinsmann's World Cup roster.
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Graham Zusi (second from left) celebrates with U.S. teammates after scoring the first U.S. goal in a 2-0 win over Jamaica on Oct. 11, 2013, in Kansas City, Kan.
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Michael Orozco (left) finishes off a goal against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013, in Panama City. Even though the U.S. had already solidified its place in Brazil, the Americans played hard until the end, and two stoppage-time goals -- the key one scored by Graham Zusi -- eliminated Panama from World Cup contention while saving rival Mexico.
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