Neither the United States nor Guatemala have looked good in the early going and that is just fine for the Guatemalans. As the major underdog who would be happy with just a point, the uglier things are they better they are for Guatemala.
Guatemala are going in hard on tackles and are looking to mix it up, sticking with the uglier the better plan. The U.S. hasn't been able to get free and create much of anything from it. They haven't even controlled possession as well as they hoped they would.
In fact, the best chance of the game so far goes to Guatemala. A long ball was chested down for Carlos Ruiz, whose shot flew well over the bar, but it was the best either team has had so far. Yeah, it's been that ugly.