June 15, 2008
By Michael Lewis
EIGHT IS MORE THAN ENOUGH
U.S. blitzes Barbados in WCQ, 8-0
Carson, Calif. -- The U.S. got what it needed from its World Cup qualifying match against Barbados -- goals, lots of goals so it could feel secure entering the second leg of the total-goals series.
|Clint Dempsey scored twice in the USA's 8-0 win over Barbados
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The Americans recorded a 8-0 triumph over the Caribbean side before a crowd of 11,476 at The Home Depot Center.
Forwards Brian Ching and Clint Dempsey each had two goals for the Americans, who have never allowed a qualifying goal against Barbados.
The U.S. and Barbados will meet in the second leg of the CONCACAF total-goals series in the Caribbean next Sunday.
It didn't take the U.S. long to find the back of the net as Dempsey scored only 54 seconds after kickoff. Defender Carlos Bocanegra sent a ball into the penalty area that Dempsey trapped and placed past goalkeeper Alvin Rouse.
The U.S. doubled the lead during a goal-mouth scramble in the 12th minute. Rouse managed to block a close-range shot by forward Ching. In the ensuing scramble for the ball, Michael Bradley knocked the ball into the net for his first qualifying goal.
Ching found the back of the net for a 3-0 American advantage in the 20th minute. Midfielder Pablo Mastroeni fired a 22-yard shot that Ching deflected into the net.
U.S. coach Bob Bradley was forced to make a substitute earlier than planned when Mastroeni had to come off with a pulled muscle in the 26th minute. Freddy Adu came on for him.
The American attack became dormant for the rest of the half and the opening 10 minutes of the second half.
But then Barbados defender Bryan Neblett fouled Adu just outside the area. While Barbados was still lining up its defensive wall inside the penalty box, referee Marco Antonio Rodriguez (Mexico) allowed Landon Donovan to take the ensuing free kick quickly. He did, lofting the ball easily into the left corner for a 4-0 lead in the 59th minute.
Only four minutes later, the U.S. increased its lead to five goals as Dempsey slotted home the rebound of a Ching shot from 10 yards for a 5-0 advantage.
Eddie Johnson, who came on for Donovan in the 81st minute, made his presence felt barely a minute later as he headed in a Heath Pearce cross from the left-wing past Rouse for the Americans' sixth goal.
Ching appeared to have added his second goal, off an Eddie Lewis assist, in the 86th minute, but it was changed to an own goal by Barbados' Daryl Ferguson.
Ching finally scored his second goal in the 89th minute off a Steve Cherundolo assist.