USMNT drop four goals on Guatemala in emphatic win

Jurgen Klinsmann Smiles

by DENY GALLAGHER

Tuesday was a night of redemption for Jurgen Klinsmann and the United States as the Stars and States took care of business against Guatemala by a score of 4-0.

Following a crushing defeat in Guatemala, Clint Dempsey, Graham Zusi, Geoff Cameron, and Jozy Altidore all scored on the night to restore the fans faith in the team.

In the opening 10 minutes, the Stars and Stripes came out with an incredible amount of energy and passion unlike Friday night’s disaster in Guatemala City. The breakthrough for the United States came in the 12th minute with some classic Route 1 football from Geoff Cameron to Gyasi Zardes. The Galaxy man got himself in good position for a split second to head ball behind to an on-running Clint Dempsey. With Deuce free in the box, the Texan hit it hard and low to put the U.S. ahead 1-0. The goal gives Dempsey the American World Cup Qualifying goal scoring record.

With a sense of calm felt throughout the ground, the squad refused to let up and pursued for a second goal. The second goal came after 35 minutes of play. It started off of a Bradley free kick from the left flank. The service found the head of Geoff Cameron, who finished the set piece opportunity with a beautifully place header.

The United States half of domination concluded with the Americans taking a 2-0 lead into the locker room. Out of the half, the United States pressed on. In fact, just 20 seconds after the kick off, Graham Zusi earned his 4th career international goal to make it a 3-0 game.

In the shadow of the full time, Guatemala’s Rodrigo Saravia gave away the ball 40 yards from his own net. Dempsey picked up the loose ball and was in on goal. The Sounders man danced around in the box before playing a short ball to Jozy Alitdore who found the upper left corner of the net.

It wasn’t all good news for the U.S. on the night. In the 72nd minute, Michael Bradley got nutmegged and pulled Guatemalan attacker José Contreras to ground. The card will force Bradley to miss the next qualifier against St. Vincent and the Grenadines due to yellow card accumulation.

Another noteworthy moment: in the 82nd minute, 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund product Christian Pulisic became the youngest American to ever play in a World Cup Qualifier. With the appearance, the Pennsylvania native with Polish citizenship becomes cap tied with the United States Men’s National Team.

The side now is second place in the group with seven points. For the Americans, the side’s attention now turns to preparing for the Copa America Centenario.