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U.S. National Team

U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

September 2, 2016
HEATING UP
USMNT strides towards Hex with six-goal win


KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent and the Grenadines -- The U.S. Menís National Team 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.

The U.S. (3-1-1, 10 points) pulled into a tie with Trinidad and Tobago (which meets Guatemala at 7 p.m.), increasing its goal differential to plus-13. The Soca Warriors (3-0-1, 10 points) had a plus-8 goal differential before tonight. The U.S. and T&T meet in the group finale in Jacksonville, Fla., at 8:15 p.m. EST 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 Trinidad and Tobago. 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. Altidoreís 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.

   
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