A first half hat trick from Chris Wondolowski and a goal and two assists from Landon Donovan, led the U.S. to an easy, and predictable 6 -1 win over underdog Belize Wednesday night in Portland, Oregon.
It was all U.S. from the start at Jeld – Wen Field, with the Americans passing the ball around as they looked for a way through the deep lying Belize defense. It took 13 minutes for Wondolowski to break the deadlock with the first of his three first half goals from a rebounded Joe Corona header.
Jurgen Klinsmann ran out a somewhat different lineup from last week’s friendly win over Guatemala. Wondolowski and his three goals were the biggest addition, but against Belize, playing in their first Gold Cup, it hardly mattered.
Wondo added a second goal, this one from an excellent ball in from Kyle Beckerman. Wondo’s only trouble was on the back of his jersey, where his name was spent with an extra w.
Belize pulled one back from a 41st minute free kick after Landon Donovan fouled. The U.S. defense was poorly organized on the play and Ian Gaynor put his shot past Nick Rimando.
But visions of an upset soon vanished when Wondo struck less than a minute later from a fine cross from Michael Parkhurst to give the U.S a 3-1 lead that the favorites would take into the break.
The U.S. added three more in the second half with Stuart Holden again looking strong as he continues his comeback, he even scored a goal. Landon Donovan scored from a penalty kick, although the referee’s call of handball was a poor one.
Donovan’s goal and two assists leave Donovan with 51 goals and 53 assists in his national team career. It wasn’t a night for judging players, it was a night for avoiding an upset and taking care of business, both of which the U.S. achieved. The 6-1 win gives the Americans a boost in goal difference over Costa Rica, who beat Cuba 3-0 earlier tonight. Now it is on to Sandy, Utah where the U.S. play Cuba on July 13th, before a showdown with Costa Rica on the 16th.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 3 6
BLZ 1 0 1
USA – Chris Wondolowski 12th minute
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Kyle Beckerman) 37
BLZ – Ian Gaynair (Elroy Smith) 40
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Michael Parkhurst) 41
USA – Stuart Holden (Landon Donovan) 58
USA – Michael Orozco Fiscal (Landon Donovan) 72
USA – Landon Donovan (penalty kick) 76
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 21-Clarence Goodson, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman (11-Stuart Holden, 46); 6-Joe Corona (20-Alejandro Bedoya, 66), 8-Mix Diskerud, 16-Jose Torres (23-Brek Shea, 61); 10-Landon Donovan, 19-Chris Wondolowski
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Edgar Castillo; 3-Corey Ashe, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 9-Herculez Gomez, 12-Sean Johnson, 13-Tony Beltran, 17-Will Bruin, 18-Jack McInerney, 22-Bill Hamid
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
BLZ: 27-Shane Orio; 3-Trevor Lennen (28-Harrison Tasher, 64), 6-Evan Mariano, 7-Ian Gaynair, 8-Elroy Smith, 9-Deon McCaulay, 10-Harrison Roches, 13-Dalton Eiley, 16-Ashley Torres (11-Michael Salazar, 77), 18-Evral Trapp, 23-Tyrone Pandy
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Woodrow West, 2-David Trapp, 5-Kahlil Velasquez, 12-Elroy Kuylen, 14-Andres Makin, 20-Daniel Jimenez, 22-Frank Lopez, 24-Lennox Castillo, 25-Devon Makin, 30-Luis Torres
Head coach: Ian Mork