September 2, 2016
USMNT strides towards hexagonal with six-goal win
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent and the Grenadines -- The United States shut out St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 6-0, at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex Friday, closing in on advancement to the hexagonal and moving into position to capture first place in Group C in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
|Former Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore scored his 35th international goal, moving into third place on the USMNT career scoring list.
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The U.S. (3-1-1, 10 points) remained in second place behind Trinidad and Tobago (3-0-2, 11), which played Guatemala to a 2-2 draw at home. The Americans increased their goal differential to plus-13. The Soca Warriors have a plus-8 goal. The U.S. and T&T meet in the group finale in Jacksonville, Fla., at 8:15 p.m. ET Tuesday.
The U.S. got off to a slow start. Right back DeAndre Yedlin was cautioned early and will be suspended for the game against the Soca Warriors. Then, Vincy Heat forward Oalex Anderson beat the offside trap and headed down, the ball bouncing to Brad Guzan.
But the U.S. soon found the range, Bobby Wood, finishing a Jozy Altidore-Fabian Johnson combination in the 28th minute. Four minutes later, Matt Besler was left open at the far post for a left-footer past Lemus Christopher off a free kick, his teammates joining him in a rock-the-cradle commemoration as his wife gave birth earlier in the day. Altidore’s 43rd-minute penalty kick gave the U.S. a 3-0 halftime advantage, Altidore moving into third place on the all-time scoring list with 35 goals.
The Vincy Heat rallied after halftime, aggressively going forward and twice having goals disallowed. On the first incident, the ball was kicked out of the grasp of Brad Guzan and the second, another header by Anderson, a Seattle Sounders 2 forward, was ruled offside.
Sacha Kljestan and Christian Pulisic entered early in the second half, finishing off the scoring. Pulisic sent a sliding left-footer in from the right side of the penalty area off a Kljestan pass in the 72nd minute. Pulisic then fed Kljestan from the left for an easy finish in the 78th minute. Pulisic, making his seventh U.S. appearance, closed the scoring with a drive from the penalty arc in the second minute of stoppage time.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 3 6
VIN 0 0 0
USA - Bobby Wood (Fabian Johnson) 28th minute
USA - Matt Besler 32
USA - Jozy Altidore (penalty) 43
USA - Christian Pulisic (Sacha Kljestan) 71
USA - Sacha Kljestan (Christian Pulisic) 78
USA - Christian Pulisici (Sacha Kljestan) 90+2
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 4-Kellyn Acosta; 19-Graham Zusi, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (16-Sacha Kljestan, 66), 23-Fabian Johnson (10-Christian Pulisic, 66); 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.) (8-Jordan Morris, 72), 7-Bobby Wood
Subs not used: 12-Tim Howard, 22- Ethan Horvath, 14-Paul Arriola, 21-Steve Birnbaum, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 6-Darlington Nagbe, 9-Rubio Rubin, 13-Caleb Stanko, 18-Chris Wondolowski
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
VIN: 1-Christopher Lemus; 3-Roy Richards, 5-Shawn Benjamin, 8-Theon Gordon (6-Teron Miller, 73) (capt.), 20-Ajrue Durham, 17-Emerald George (16-Daniel Patrick, 68), 10-Oalex Anderson, 13-Gavin James (12-Tevin Slater, 53), 11-Cornelius Stewart, 9-Myron Samuel, 7-Nazir McBernette
Subs not used: 22-Jahvan Peters, 2-Danroy Edwards, 14-Ezra Alleyne, 15-Kevin Frances
Head Coach: Cornelius Huggins
Stats Summary: USA / VIN
Shots: 12 / 1
Shots on Goal: 11 / 1
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 13
Offside: 0 / 4
USA - DeAndre Yedlin (caution) 13th minute
VIN - Emerald George (caution) 17
VIN - Theon Gordon (caution) 39
VIN - Roy Richards (caution) 43
Referee: Mathieu Bourdeau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Philippe Briere (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Belleau (CAN)
4th Official: Drew Fischer (CAN)
Budweiser Man of the Match: Matt Besler