July 13, 2013
Wondolowski comes off the bench to strike twice in USA's 4-1 Gold Cup win over Cuba
SANDY, Utah -- Chris Wondolowski just may have played his way onto the U.S. National Team.
The San Jose Earthquakes striker came off the bench in the second half to strike twice within a 19-minute span to spark the United States to a 4-1 Group C victory over Cuba in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday afternoon.
Wondolowski has six goals in his last three games.
Landon Donovan and Joe Corona also tallied for the Americans (2-0-0, six points), who booked a spot against an opponent to be determined in next Sunday's quarterfinals in Baltimore at 4 p.m. that day . If the U.S. finishes first they will take on the third place team from either Group A or Group B. If they take second, they will meet the Group B champion.
The U.S. meets Costa Rica in East Hartford, Conn. on Tuesday, the final group match day. Cuba (0-2-0, none) will meet Belize at the same venue Tuesday.
Jose Ciprian Ariel scored Cuba's lone goal in the 37th minute off a counterattack off a feed by Ariel Pero Martinez at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The Americans dominated the game from start to finish, hold possession for 75 percent of the time, but could not get themselves going.
After the Cubans took the lead, the U.S. was awarded a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time after defender Jeniel Molina had tripped Castillo in the penalty area. Donovan converted the penalty, the 15th Gold Cup goal in his career and 53rd tally in international matches.
Corona broke a 1-1 tie with is first international goal in the 57th minute, curling home a shot from the top of the penalty area into the far right post.
Wondolowski, who had a hat-trick in the Americans' opening win over Belize on Tuesday, raised the margin to 3-1 in the 66th minute as he flicked a Kyle Beckerman cross past goalkeeper Odelin Molina.
He closed out the scoring in the 85th minute, chesting in a Castillo pass for a 4-1 advantage.