July 9, 2013
Wondolowski, Donovan pace US in 6-1 rout
PORTLAND, Ore---As expected, the United States routed Belize 6-1 in their opening match of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup at Jeld-Wen Field. Chris Wondolowski scored three first-half goals, Stuart Holden scored for the first time since returning from a devastating series of injuries, and Landon Donovan factored in all three second half goals.
|Landon Donovan recorded his 52nd goal and 50th and 51st career assists to help the US rout Belize 6-1.
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With a 6-0 win over Guatemala in a friendly last Friday, the U.S. has now scored 12 goals in the last two games. Tuesday’s six-goals output is the most ever by the U.S. in a Gold Cup match. The U.S. takes on Cuba Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
Wondolowski, who had never scored an international goal before last Friday’s friendly, now has four in his last two games. Donovan, who had two goals on Friday in his return to the U.S. team after a nearly eight-month absence, had a goal and two assists in the second half, making him the first player in U.S. history to notch both 50 goals and 50 assists.
Wondolowski opened the US scoring in the 13th minute, chipping in the rebound after a header by Joe Corona was blocked off the line.
Kyle Beckerman played a brilliant ball into the penalty area from the right side in the 37th minute. Wondolowski dove to connect with the ball and sent a header past goalkeeper Shane Orio.
Belize shockingly pulled one back against the run of play in the 40th minute. A free kick by Elroy Smith found a wide open Ian Gaynor, who sliced a shot past Nick Rimando.
Less than a minute later, the United States lead was back up to two goals. Michael Parkhurst played a cross from the right side and Wondolowski connected with another header.
The game broke open in the second half. Holden made the score 4-1 in the 58th minute. Corona made a cross from the right side to Donovan on the left side of the area. Donovan chested the ball down and into the path of Holden. The assist was the 50th of Donovan’s U.S. career, coming on the heels of his reaching the 50-goal mark on Friday.
Donovan set up the next U.S. goal in the 72nd minute, with a free kick from the left side of the area. Donovan played the ball right to head of Michael Orozco Fiscal at the far post. Orio came out to try and punch the ball away, but Orozco Fiscal headed into the right side of the goal.
A questionable handball call against Belize’ s Ashley Torres gave the U.S. their sixth goal. Donovan sliced the penalty kick into the lower right corner of the net.
The U.S was dominant in the first half, almost from the start. With the score 1-0, Corona took a shot from the right side that Orio stopped. Four minutes later, Donovan laid a ball into the path of Corona, forcing Orio to make another save.
Despite giving up six goals, Orio had a solid game in goal for Belize, covering up solid shots by Mix Diskerud on the 57th and Alejandro Bedoya in the 66th minute.
United States goalkeeper Nick Rimando was not very busy, facing only four shots on goal, making three saves.