Altidore Makes History in U.S 6-1 Victory Over St. Vincent and the Grenadines


by Deny Gallagher

The United States earned their first three points of World Cup Qualification on Friday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, beating St. Vincent and the Grenadines by a score of 6-1.

Bobby Wood, Jozy Altidore, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, and Gyasi Zardes all found the back of the net for the Stars and Stripes in the side’s victory in their World Cup Qualifying opener. Altidore’s brace was historically significant as it moved the New Jersey native into sole possession of fourth on the U.S. Soccer All- Time Scoring List with 31 career goals.

Entering the beginning of World Cup Qualifying on Friday night, the United States had no room for error. Sadly, nobody told the United States that in the early going.

Just five minutes into the game, St. Vincent and the Grenadines got on the board thanks to Seattle Sounder FC 2’s Oalex Anderson. The striker dusted a number of American defenders, cut from the left at the top of the box, and curved a bending ball past Brad Guzan into the bottom corner of the net. The goal left the crowd stunned, bringing an immediate halt to the night’s festive atmosphere.

After a horrific opening passage of play, the man that has saved the United States and Jurgen Klinsmann more than anybody in 2015 came through again. In the 11th minute, a quick cut back and pass from the corner flag led the ball saw the ball reached Michael Bradley. The captain found an on-running DeAndre Yedlin near the touchline. The Southampton man targeted Wood on the six-yard box. The striker adjusted to the ball in the air and sent a looping header into the top left corner of the net to tie things up a 1-1.

All of the previous anxiety caused by the first five minutes of the match was erased just shy of the half hour mark. Fabian Johnson completed his redemption story with a free kick from right on the 18-yard box deflected off the wall and into the back of the net to put the United States up 2-1.

No more than two minutes later, the United States created a little bit of breathing room off a corner. Jermaine Jones redirected the initial ball at the front post toward the upper corner of the net. A clever run inside the goal from Altidore put the striker all alone on the back post. With ease, Altidore rose into the St. Louis night and finished the opportunity to make it 3-1.

The United States bossed the remaining of the opening 45 minutes and took a comfortable 3-1 lead into the halftime locker room.

The second half continued to reflect the run of play that was evident in the final 40 minutes of the opening stanza.

A little more than five minutes into the second half, the United States added their fourth goal of the night. Once again, it was the set pieces that undid St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Off a Michael Bradley out-swinger from the corner, Bobby Wood mirrored Jermaine Jones’ effort from the first half and redirected the cross to the middle of the penalty area. From there it was all Geoff Cameron, as the Stoke City man put away the header with ease to make it 4-1.

The United States was far from done scoring in this one. In the 58th minute, Jozy Altidore played a terrific through that ball that broke down the visitors back line and found Gyasi Zardes. The midfielder finished the opportunity while falling to ground to increase the United States advantage.

Jozy Altidore, who had one of his better matches in recent memory on Friday night, completed his brace in in the 75th minute.

At the end of the 90 minutes, the referee confirmed the result and the United States move three points closer to securing a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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