July 3, 2015
TENNESSEE TUNE UP
U.S. Men rout Guatemala 4-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The United States Men's National Team tuned up for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 4-0 win over Guatemala in front of a Tennessee state record crowd of 44,835 at Nissan Field. The U.S. got goals from Timmy Chandler, Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski, as well as a Guatemala own-goal in the lopsided win.
Dempsey, who was not wearing the captain's armband for the U.S., as a form of punishment from head coach Jurgen Klinsmann resulting from an incident with a referee in a U.S. Open Cup game, has made a habit of scoring against Guatemala. His penalty kick goal in the 73rd minute was his fifth against the Central American nation. Chandler's goal was the first of his international career with the USA and Wondolowski has now reached doubled-digit goals in his U.S. career.
The U.S. got off to a slow start, with Guatemala goalkeeper Paolo Motta stopping a penalty kick by Jozy Altidore. The Americans were fortunate to get in the board in the 19th minute. Michael Bradley split two defenders with a through ball along the right side, which the speedy DeAndre Yedlin took toward the endline, where he sent in a cross. Carlos Castillo tried to head the ball back to Motta, but instead put the ball into the lower right corner of the net.
U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan had to come up with three big saves in a 13 minute span in order to preserve the one goal lead going into halftime.
In the 33rd minute, Guzan slid in front of Jairo Arreola to deny his opportunity. Six minutes later, after a Guatemala free kick in the right side, a high, looping cross found Wilson Lalin on the back post. Lalin sent a header back across the mouth of the goal, but Guzan was ready, smothering the shot and falling on it safely.
Then in the 46th minute Guatemala broke away at the start of the second half with an early attack. A cross in from the right side bounced around and ended up at the feet of Carlos Ruiz, who quickly ripped a left-footed shot at goal. Guzan dove and brought down the shot for the save.
The U.S. finally started to put its mark on the game in the 58th minute, when Yedlin cut back on the right and passed to an open Chandler, who controlled the ball before sending a rocket into the lower left corner.
Dempsey scored in the 73rd minute after Michael Bradley, who was wearing the captain's band, was fouled in the box. Dempsey chipped his shot over a diving Motta.
Wondolowski closed out the scoring in the 86th minute on a play that started with a ball from Dempsey. Gyasi Zardes was on the receiving end of the pass and dribbled all the way down to the end line. As he approached the goal Motta came off his line, but Zardes tiptoed around him and tapped a right footed pass back to Wondolowski, who buried from close range.
The shutout was the 10th of Guzan's career moving him into a tie with Arnie Mausser for fifth on the U.S. MNT's all-time list.
The U.S. Opens the Gold Cup on Tuesday night July 7 against Honduras at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. CT.