June 22, 2008
U.S. reaches WCQ semis with 1-0 win
Bridgetown, Barbados -- It certainly won't go down as one of the most memorable or prettiest games in U.S. World Cup qualifying history. But the Americans' 1-0 victory over Barbados Sunday did the trick.
|Eddie Lewis scored the lone goal for the U.S. -- his 10th international -- in its 1-0 victory over Barbados.
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It completed the total goals series with the U.S. enjoying a 9-0 edge after winning the first leg in Carson, Calif. last Sunday.
The result meant the U.S. would advance to one of three CONCACAF semifinal groups. The Americans already know one of their foes -- Guatemala, which clinched its spot with a 3-1 win Saturday night.
Freddy Adu, normally a midfielder who was starting at forward, masterminded the Americans' goal in the 21st minute. Holding the ball at midfield, Adu used Danny Szetela as a dummy and instead sent a through ball to an onrushing Eddie Lewis down the left wing. Lewis went toward goal and nutmegged goalkeeper Alvin Rouse.
It was Lewis' 10th international goal. He was the only U.S. player remaining from the 2002 WCQ team that played in Barbados in November, 2000.
The Americans almost doubled their margin in the 36th minute, as defender Heath Pearce ran onto yet another Adu through ball. He raced toward the penalty area before firing a shot just wide left.
The Caribbean side almost gifted the U.S. an own goal in the 52nd minute, when midfielder Ramuel Miller's cleared an American cross over the end line with the velocity of a shot that came way too close to the net.
Barbados almost equalized in the 57th minute, but Emerson Boyce's shot from the right side of the penalty area ricocheted off the crossbar.
The home side thought it had scored its first goal ever against the U.S. in the 85th minute, when John Parris found the back of the net, but teammate Mark McCammon was ruled to be offside.